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East Meets West: Herbal Supplements in Health Care

Posted by Amanda Dexter on Apr 25, 2016 8:28:46 AM
Amanda Dexter
Dr. Amanda K. Dexter received her optometric training at Southern California College of Optometry in Fullerton, California, where she was Class of 2010 Valedictorian. She also completed a residency in Primary Care and Ocular Disease at the Veteran's Affairs Hospital in San Diego, California. Dr. Dexter is the Manager and Program Coordinator for OptoPrep, the premiere online study resource for the NBEO Part I & II.

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The use of herbal supplements for health and wellness is rapidly increasing worldwide.

What does this mean for eye care?

quotes.png Researchers estimate that more than 15 million Americans today take herbs, vitamins or both, along with their prescription medications.2 These numbers are expected to rise with easy access to unfiltered information from nutraceutical companies and the Internet.

Dr. Dexter's Take
The use of herbal dietary supplements in the US has continued to grow at a very fast rate every year for the past several years. Recent studies have shown that over 15 million Americans today take herbs, vitamins or both, in addition to their prescription medications. Most of these herbal supplements are available over-the-counter and because they are considered food products by the FDA, they are not subject to the same clinical trials and manufacturing standards as prescription medications.

When you complete a thorough case history for your patients, it is important to remember to ask specifically about any use of these supplements, as patients often do not add these herbs and vitamins to their medication list. This information is just as important as their prescription medications as they can have ocular or systemic side effects, just like their prescription medications. The article below, by Review of Optometry, reviews some of the most common herbal dietary supplements, their uses, potential side effects, and tips for clinicians.

Read the full article from Review of Optometry

The Top 15 Tips and Tricks for Studying for Part I of NBEO®

NBEO-Tips-large.pngWe’ve put together a ton of great tips and tricks for studying for Part I of NBEO along with two tailored study programs that will help you thoroughly prepare for the big day. Remember, you’ve made it this far and you can totally do this!

Some of the Top 15 Tips include:

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NBEO Part I Study Guide The Top 15 Tips and Tricks for Studying for Part I

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