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New Year, New You! Health Tips For 2021

New Year, New Benefits, New Eyewear…

…but first, we want to welcome our new doctor, Justin Rapp, OD to the practice! His specialization is in ocular disease, dry eye and difficult eyeglass prescriptions.

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To kick off the new year, we are offering nutritional support and counseling services in addition to our specialty contact lens and vision therapy for development, rehabilitation, sports and vision enhancement.

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Here are some tips for healthy vision to consider in 2021.

  1. Drink Filtered Water
  2. Excerise at least 30 minutes / day
  3. Eat Organic Foods
  4. Rotate foods – Eat different food groups every day
  5. Get Plenty of Sleep
  6. Eat Lots of Vegetables and Fruits
  7. Supplement with Vitamins & Minerals
  8. Avoid Digital Devices Before Bed
  9. Limit Sugar Intake
  10. Limit Caffeine & Alcohol


There is NO published, scientifically validated, research with any vitamin, mineral, phytonutrient or anti-viral medication, but the following are a handful of science based suggestions for preventing infection and/or harmful effects of the COVID-19 virus.

1. Take Vitamin D3. Food sources are great, but supplements are almost always necessary for your immune system to function properly.

Sources of vitamin D

  • Cod liver oil
  • Wild Alaskan sockeye salmon
  • Albacore tuna
  • Sardines, canned
  • Milk or soymilk, vitamin D fortified

2. Increase your Vitamin C intake to support all daily immune system functions, so it is important to ingest vitamin C containing foods throughout the day as well as supplement morning, noon and evening.

Sources of vitamin C

  • Yellow , Green or Red bell pepper
  • Guava
  • Orange juice
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Strawberries
  • Papaya
  • Broccoli
  • Cantaloupe
  • Kiwi

3. Get adequate Sleep of more than 7 hours but less than 10 hours of sleep each night. Appropriate sleep is essential for proper immune system function.

4. Take 1000 mg Turmeric (Curcumin) twice daily, with breakfast and dinner.

5. Drink plenty of Water up to 6 glasses daily.

6. Increase your intake of Fruits for their anti-viral properties and Vegetables for their detoxification properties.

  • Berries
  • Apples
  • Cherries
  • Grapes
  • Plums
  • Citrus
  • Prunes
  • Dates
  • Raisins
  • Gogi berries
  • Garlic
  • Onions
  • Spinach
  • Avocado
  • Spinach
  • Kale
  • Swiss chard
  • Mustard greens
  • Turnip greens
  • Sprouted broccoli seeds, florets

7. Get regular Exercise.

8. Reduce Stress in your life.

Note: The Meetings shared below will be held over Zoom so please contact Dr Schulman to Join.

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Summer Sidewalk Sale on Saturday, June 6, 2020 | Southport Location

Please join us for our Summer Sidewalk Sale on Saturday, June 6, 2020 from 9:00am to 1:00pm at our Southport location. We will be offering up to 30-50% off on both designer and discount brands. In order to keep both you and our staff safe, we are taking many precautions to make this a healthy and comfortable environment. The following is a list of safeguards we are putting in place to ensure for a safe and fun summer sidewalk sale:

– Multiple tables will be set up, each with their own unique display of sunglasses, to maintain social distancing

– We will also keep a safe and necessary distance between you and our staff while you are browsing and trying on sunglasses

– Every pair of sunglasses that you or anyone else touches will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected by the staff before they are put back on display and available to be tried on

– We ask that you please wear a face mask as our staff will be doing the same

– We will also be cleaning and disinfecting anything touched between people including chairs, mirrors, tablecloths, etc.

– We will be using Square to take payments and are trying to limit the amount of contact as much as possible throughout the transaction

Contact Lens Recommendations To all our contact lens patients

EyeCare Associates recognizes how overwhelming all of the information regarding the current COVID-19 public health emergency can be and we want to continue to be a trusted source of information for you. As a contact lens wearer, we want to keep you informed on the facts related to COVID-19 and contact lens wear. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has made clear:

  • Currently, there is no evidence to suggest contact lens wearers are more at risk for acquiring COVID-19 than eyeglass wearers.

Contact lens wearers should continue to practice safe contact lens wear and care hygiene habits to help prevent against transmission of any contact lens-related infections, such as always washing hands with soap and water before handling lenses or touching your eyes.

  • Handle your lenses over a surface that has been cleaned and disinfected.
  • Always use a contact lens solution to disinfect your contact lenses and case to kill germs that may be present.
  • Patients should also ensure they thoroughly dry hands with an unused paper towel before handling lenses.
  • People who are healthy can continue to wear and care for their contact lenses as prescribed by their doctor.

The recent information from CDC underscores the standing recommendations from the American Optometric Association on this issue.

Please continue to reach out to our practice for any contact lens-related needs or concerns you may have. We are happy to work with you to ensure you have access to the contact lenses you were prescribed.

Your EyeCare Associates Team