May is ‘Healthy Vision Month’: Founder of the International Academy of Low Vision Specialists, Richard Shuldiner, Urges Californian’s to Make Eye Health a Top Priority

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Richard J. Shuldiner, OD, F.A.A.O., a California optometrist who is Clinical Director of Low Vision Optometry in Southern California and Founder of the International Academy of Low Vision Specialists (IALVS), spends twelve months of the year helping patients with vision-limiting conditions. However, to coincide with May’s ‘Healthy Vision Month’, Dr. Shuldiner is taking extra steps to urge every Californian to get an eye exam, know their family’s eye history and take positive action to ensure prolonged good vision.

“Healthy Vision Month is the perfect time for promoting this push. Take action now and, if your eye health isn’t as good as it could be, get in touch with us to see how we can transform your life." Dr Richard Shuldiner

While most only reluctantly book an eye exam after repeated reminders from their clinic, Dr Richard Shuldiner a California optometrist who is Clinical Director of Low Vision Optometry in Southern California and founder of the International Academy of Low Vision Specialists (IALVS), is urging every Californian to make their eye health a priority during May’s ‘Healthy Vision Month’.

With rates of Macular Degeneration and other vision-limiting conditions on the rise, Dr. Shuldiner encourages each individual to take action now to preserve their eye health for life.

Dr. Shuldiner recommends the following steps:
1. Get a dilated eye exam. It's the best way to catch eye diseases early, and with many, there are no warning signs.
2. Clarify family history. Macular degeneration, glaucoma, and diabetes can all cause blindness. A family history of any of these makes an individual’s chances of inheriting it higher. Earlier detection can lead to better outcomes and less expensive treatments.
3. Wear sunglasses. The sun's rays can be bad for skin and just as bad for eyes. Studies have linked ultraviolet light to cancer and to macular degeneration.
4. Eat right and exercise. Eating the right foods can reduce inflammation and provide the body with the kind of nutrients necessary to protect against disease. If you someone has a family history of macular degeneration, a supplement with lutein, zeaxanthin, and zinc may help.

LIFE AFTER VISION LOSS

“My patients have to adjust to a new life after vision loss. While I often can’t regain 100% of the vision they had before, I can certainly improve it dramatically,” says Dr. Shuldiner. “However, prevention is better than cure and the above simple steps can make a world of difference. Eye exams tend to be something most don’t jump to book but, to the patients that come to me, it’s the most important appointment of the year that they didn’t make.”

Continuing, “Healthy Vision Month is the perfect time for me to be promoting this push. Take action now and, if your eye health isn’t as good as it could be, get in touch with us to see how we can transform your life. This is especially important if you are frustrated with your level of vision and have been told nothing can be done, or if you’re having trouble reading/driving and have problems reading small print. We can help.”

To learn more about life after vision loss, contact visit Dr. Shuldiner at 1-888-610-2020 or visit his website at http://www.lowvisioncare.com or email him at doctor(at)lowvisioncare(dot)com.

About Dr. Richard Shuldiner:

Richard J. Shuldiner, OD, F.A.A.O., is the Clinical Director of Low Vision Optometry in Southern California and Founder of the International Academy of Low Vision Specialists (IALVS), an organization that provides its members advanced and intensive training in Low Vision care. Dr. Shuldiner received his Doctor of Optometry from Pennsylvania College of Optometry in 1970 and in 1975 was certified in Low Vision by the New York State Optometric Association. Dr. Shuldiner became the 41st Low Vision Diplomate from the American Academy of Optometry in 1988 and is now one of 45 nationwide. Dr. Shuldiner has lectured on Low Vision Care to eye professionals in Russia, China, Hong Kong, Africa, and throughout the United States.

About IALVS:

The International Academy of Low Vision Specialists (IALVS) believes in LIFE AFTER VISION LOSS. The IALVS brings new hope and sight to those with Macular Degeneration and other vision limiting-conditions. The IALVS can bring back the enjoyment of retirement.

If someone is having problems seeing and doing the things they enjoy, an IALVS eye doctor can help. If they have been told by their eye doctor that a change in their eyeglass prescription will not help them see any better, call an IALVS doctor who is trained to design special glasses that can make a difference.

When a doctor says, "Sorry, I cannot get you to see any better," an IALVS doctor often says, "It may not be perfect, but it definitely is better!"

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