An Antioxidant A Day…


– By Stephen Cohen, O.D. So much research continues about the role that diet and supplements can play in our health. This has now become the focus of research regarding diet and glaucoma. Glaucoma is a chronic and, if untreated, progressive disease where gradual damage can cause irreversible loss of vision. It is often called […]

Macular Degeneration: A Major Health Problem In The United States


– By Stephen Cohen, O.D. Most people have an awareness that glaucoma can lead to loss of vision, and that diabetes can damage the back of our eyes. However, there is a disease that is more prevalent than glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy combined. It is estimated that this disease will affect about 7 percent of […]

When Allergies Come ‘March’-ing In


– By Stephen Cohen, O.D. Although allergies can occur year-round, we are now entering the prime season…beautiful weather that reminds us why we live here, but a huge challenge trying to fend off the plethora of allergens floating around. Up to 30 percent of Americans have some form of allergy, and itchy, watery eyes ranks […]

Blue Light: The Visible Danger


– By Stephen Cohen, O.D. Over the past decade, our lives have been transformed due to smartphones, tablets and other handheld devices. These devices are backlit by LED light. Also, legislation has been implemented that require that incandescent light bulbs be replaced by more energy efficient LED bulbs. Unfortunately, this change in technology has come […]

The Magnificent Seven


– By Stephen Cohen, O.D. Most people cherish their vision more than any other sense. However, like many things in life, we often become most motivated to preserve our vision only when we find ourselves at risk to lose our vision. With deference to the proverbial “an ounce of prevention,” here are seven things you […]

Baby Eyes


– By Stephen Cohen, O.D. There are few things as wonderful as looking into the clear eyes of a baby, and seeing warm recognition in response. While it is easy to see a child’s development in other areas (e.g., walking, talking), we really don’t “see” a child’s eyes develop. Over time, we just recognize that […]

The Eyes Have It!


– By Stephen Cohen, O.D. Happy New Year! Hopefully, included in your resolutions is taking care of your most precious sense: your vision. We were not designed for the current demands on our eyes. If we were, we’d have one eyeball in the middle of our foreheads! For a little diversion, here are some (hopefully) interesting facts […]

Vision And Driving


– By Stephen Cohen, O.D. If you have a child of driving age, you get to experience the pleasure…as well as the anxiety…of having a child out on the road behind the wheel. Sixteen to 19 year olds are the highest risk driving group, particularly during the first driving year. These “vision and driving” facts and tips […]

3-D Or Not 3-D


– By Stephen Cohen, O.D. Technology changes so fast that what was new last year, can be passé today. While these mind-boggling advances occur at breakneck speeds, we can’t always anticipate the unintended consequences that come with the advances. Many of us face the challenges that arise from computer use, such as neck/backaches, dry eyes and carpal […]

Am I Blue?


– By Stephen Cohen, O.D. When we see a rainbow, it is the composite of colors of visible “white light” radiation.  On one end is “blue” light, which comes right after Ultraviolet Radiation (UV).  The potential damaging effects of UV are well known.  It can contribute to skin damage (aging, cancer) and contributes to cataract development in […]