Lebanon, Tennessee (PRWEB) December 18, 2013
While it’s normal for eyesight to decline over the years, some of the leading causes of blindness in the United States such as Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) can be devastating for patients who receive that diagnosis. Often, patients are highly depressed when told there’s nothing that can be done, but Dr. John Pino, a Tennessee optometrist with a Ph.D. in nutrition, counsels his patients with a two-prong approach involving technology and nutrition.
As an optometrist who specializes in low vision, Dr. Pino, who completed rigorous training via the International Academy of Low Vision Specialists (IALVS), recommends that patients who were told there was no hope call his office for an evaluation.
“Many Low Vision patients are afraid that life as they knew it is over,” says Dr. Pino, who has offices in Lebanon, Columbia and Knoxville, Tennessee. “Their outlook completely changes after a Low Vision exam. I help my patients to realize they have choices which will allow them to do the things we all take for granted, like reading or just watching the faces of their grandchildren,” he said.
There’s plenty of scientific evidence to suggest a strong connection between diet and vision. A Tufts University study shows that eating high glycemic foods quickly raise blood sugar and may accelerate the development of retinal changes that are precursors to developing AMD. Further, the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reports that the higher nutritional values of certain B vitamins could be important in the prevention of AMD, the leading cause of vision loss in Americans over 55.
While a diagnosis of AMD, Glaucoma or any other Low Vision issue is indeed overwhelming, Dr. Pino, a cancer survivor who experienced a tough diagnosis himself and battled it in part via nutrition, emphasizes that “While every case is different and results vary, most of my patients can enjoy a better quality of life and far greater independence.”
Whatever the cause of vision problems, Dr. Pino offers the latest advances in optical technology including custom telescoping lenses, microscopic glasses and the new E-Scoop glasses. “Thanks to sight enhancing lenses that are different from standard glasses clients can regain abilities to read, watch TV, drive and see faces more clearly,” he said.
It’s an all-encompassing approach for Dr. Pino, who says he has a 90 percent success rate. “Often it’s a loved one that does the research for an aging parent or a relative who is having vision problems, and I make sure everyone involved is informed and comfortable during the treatment process,” said Dr. Pino.
If you are interested in learning more about the low vision technology, contact Dr. Pino and he will speak with you over the phone, at no cost, to see if you are an ideal candidate for a low vision evaluation or special glasses.
Visit http://www.lowvisiontn.com or call 1-855-405-8800 More information about living with vision loss can be found on The International Academy of Low Vision Specialists web site: http://www.IALVS.com.
About Dr. Pino:
Dr. John Pino O.D., Ph.D. is clinical director of one of the largest Optometric practices in Tennessee. He is a member of both the American Optometric Association and the Tennessee Optometric Association. Dr. Pino is also a Fellow of the International Academy of Low Vision Specialists (IALVS), an elite group of only 31 professionals worldwide. Dr. Pino holds a Ph.D. in the field of nutrition. He places great emphasis on the importance of nutrition with his patients. As a former cancer survivor, he is passionate about empowering people to live healthier and happier lives. Dr. Pino is also a Professional Health Coach, and he enjoys lecturing and doing research in the field of nutrition. Dr. Pino, a native of the great state of Tennessee, resides in Lebanon, Tennessee and has practices in Lebanon, Columbia and Knoxville, Tennessee. He has been happily married for 30 years and has two sons.