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Nutritional Supplements and Medical Foods in Macular Health

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Medical foods are playing an increasing role in healthcare. Here is what you need to know about medical foods in eyecare and how they might be beneficial.

In this video interview, filmed at Vision Expo West, Gordon Bethwaite, Vice President, Sales and Marketing at Guardion Health Sciences, Inc. talks medical foods and macular health.
There are countless supplements geared toward maintaining macular health. It can be difficult to decide between them, both for patients and eyecare practitioners.
In this video, learn more about a food that might make nutritional supplementation easier.

So what are medical foods and how are they different than supplements and pharmaceuticals?

The medical food category is a category with increasing growth in medicine. In the eyecare space, this is relatively new.
Medical foods are much different than pharmaceuticals and nutritional supplements. Medical foods are FDA regulated but do not need pre-market approval.
Learn more about this category in the following video:

It can be challenging to explain medical foods to your patients.

This is a new category, one that is still relatively new in eyecare.
Here is some advice on how to educate your patients on these macular support products.

When is the best time to introduce medical foods and or supplements?

There is exciting new technology that may play a role in detecting eye disease earlier than ever before. But the question is, what do you do with that information?
Learn more about what technology is on the horizon and how it might assist us in combatting macular disease.

It is important that Optometrists stay on the forefront of new technology and nutritional options in managing ocular disease.

Optometrists serve as the primary eyecare providers for many patients. OD's must play a vital role in serving patient's ocular health needs.

Read more about maintaining a healthy macula here.

Antonio Chirumbolo, OD
About Antonio Chirumbolo, OD

Antonio Chirumbolo, OD is the Director of Client Services at CovalentCreative. He completed his optometry degree at the SUNY College of Optometry in 2013. Antonio is passionate about digital media, marketing, and advertising and in his free time still practices optometry in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Antonio Chirumbolo, OD
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