Stuart Richer, OD, PhD, FAAO
Stuart Richer, OD, PhD, FAAO, is director of ocular preventive medicine at James Lovell Federal Health Care Facility in Chicago. He is also associate professor of family and preventative medicine at Chicago Medical School and assistant clinical professor at University of Illinois at Chicago department of ophthalmology and visual science. Reach him at [email protected]
Sunlight and its effect on eye health
Avoiding sunlight entirely appears to be misdirected.
OD education must keep up with industry changes
At this moment, optometric leaders are seemingly wedged between fighting against online refractions and spectacles and fighting for “follow the money/ophthalmologic care.”
Details matter when prescribing meso-zeaxanthin
Recently, there has been interest by pediatric ophthalmology in protecting our most valuable retinal real estate, the fovea, with dietary zeaxanthin
Insulin resistance is more important than you think
In the city of Chicago, there’s a 95-year-old retired pathologist and professor with a wry smile on his face. More than 50 years ago, Joseph Kraft, MD, identified that many tinnitus patients were in fact pre-diabetic.1 Back then this was a leaner America, and far fewer citizens had diabetes. Of course, much has radically changed.
How diet and nutrition affect disease
Diet and nutrition play significant roles in the maintenance of health and prevention of disease.1,2 Every five years, our government releases dietary guidelines based upon all the players in the “food fight.
Why ODs should care about sugar
Fifty years of dietary guidelines have emphasized “low fat” and “low cholesterol” eating, so manufacturers obliged by creating foods with increasing sugar and wheat/gluten content while promoting exercise and widespread use of statins to lower cholesterol. Yet Americans have become overweight, obese, and typically less healthy at an alarming rate. The newest 2015-2020 U.S. dietary guidelines, eighth edition, are attempting to address this issue by limiting “added sugar.”1
Improve and protect the next patient with diabetes
Paul Chous, OD, MA, and his scientific team, as published in a recent British Journal of Ophthalmology clinical scientific study, have just raised the bar for public service, professional practice, and fiscal responsibility.
Bad blue light, macular pigment, and prescriptive carotenoids
Our sun, modern indoor blue LED lighting, cell phones, and computer displays all emit “bad blue” radiation defined as a wavelength band of 435 nm ± 20 nm.
Lutein and zeaxanthin: Beyond retinal health
Optometrists like to think about ocular nutritional supplements in narrow terms, focusing on AREDS2 or the carotenoids’ visual benefits.
ODs must teach patients about proper nutrition
If the poor and disenfranchised cannot receive accurate health information from their doctors or the news media, whom can they trust? The percentage of Americans meeting average micronutrient-rich plant food consumption (vegetables and fruit) in the U.S., remains appallingly inadequate at 15 to 20 percent. It is worse for the poor.

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