Focus?!…I Can…Hey Macarena

I know, it’s been a long day at the office and your mind is on 50 million other things at the moment and not on the work in front of you! What’s for lunch? What’s for dinner? Did I shut the garage this morning? And so on and so forth! Your Facebook notifications are blowing up your mobile or maybe it’s just some God awful chain messages, or your significant other texting away. Whatever the case may be, let’s face it, distractions in the office are major productivity killers! This week, Dr. Kash takes a look at some of those “assassins” and how to manage them.

For starters, we’ll just go ahead and mention the obvious…SOCIAL MEDIA! Maybe you’ve been dealing with difficult patients all day and are half tempted to share your thoughts on the matter via Facebook. No bueno! While it may be more entertaining in the moment, it is definitely not contributing to sales or productivity for your business! According to Nielsen.com, the average American adult spends roughly 11 hours a day on or interacting with social media! That’s valuable time that can be used more wisely elsewhere, unless of course you’re using social media to benefit your business!

Second, SLEEP DEPRIVATION! Maybe grabbing that second or third cup of joe isn’t the solution to your lack of concentration in the office! Maybe it’s time to start hitting the hay a little earlier than usual so we can be our best self during the day! You’re most certainly not working at your best when you’re soooo tired. You just feel like a zombie, not to mention cranky, irritable, and just completely unfocused! So be sure to catch up on more zzz’s!

Third, MULTITASKING! I get it, you have a busy practice and you may feel you’re doing great at being an octopus juggling many different tasks at once, but are you really being productive?  According to the American Psychological Association, multitasking can actually kill productivity by 40%! So you might want to start delegating a little more to your team and focus on one task at a time!

While there are probably a ton of other distractions we face in a busy practice/office, these are just a few of the top ones we battle. So breathe, focus, and don’t let these become a stumbling block to your success as a practice! Snap it back to reality!

 

Lucky Charms!

Can you believe it!? We’re already in March my lads and lassies and that means St. Patty’s Day, so let the shenanigans begin….but be careful please! This month in the eye health world, it is Workplace Eye Wellness Month and Dr. Kash has some tips to pass along to stay safe!

Whether it’s a job in a factory, office, or chemical filled lab, eye safety should be top priority! After all, we need our peepers to peep what we’re doing so we can keep doing what it is we’re doing! You with me so far?!  Good! Here are some helpful reminders to help keep your eye health intact, no matter the setting.

  • When it comes to computers in the office or your mobile device, to avoid digital eye strain be sure to look away from the screen every so often! Investing in a good pair of blue light blocking is also not a bad idea, especially when your work requires you to spend long hours in front of the screen!
  • According to PreventBlindness.org, when working in front of a computer, you should place the screen just below eye level, and at least 20 to 26 inches away from you.
  • As far as industrial or construction jobs, proper safety eyewear is imperative! If there is debris or any particles flying around, safety glasses with proper side shields are important.
  • Safety goggles are the necessary protection when work involves chemicals.

So remember, if you can’t see, you can’t work or many other things for that matter! Stay safe and just be aware of your surroundings! Exercise caution and keep your eyes well! Until next time my friends!

 

Holy Macula!

Ahhh…it’s the month of love! So how much do you love those star struck eyes of yours?!  February also happens to be Age- Related Macular Degeneration awareness month, so make sure to give your eyes some lovin’ and keep up with regular eye exams! This week, Dr. Kash gives some insight on the disease, who’s more at risk, and the various stages of the disease.

So there’s this little part of the eye called the macula that is the most sensitive part of your retina and it’s located at the back of the eye. AMD is a disease which damages this part of the eye responsible for clear detail straight in front of us such as reading or driving. Macular damage can ultimately lead to vision loss and unfortunately there’s no cure for it. While it may not lead to complete blindness, central vision is very important in our daily lives. People most at risk for this disease are people aged 60+, however it can occur earlier. Lifestyle and genetics also play a role in the onset of AMD.

Some symptoms of the disease include: Loss of clear color vision, straight lines becoming more wavy looking, the shape of different objects may become distorted, and also a gradual loss of the ability to see things clearly. With that being said, it is a good idea to be sure to keep up with our eye health and exams. Smoking and obesity are two factors that can contribute to AMD aside from age, so taking care of ourselves and following a healthy lifestyle is important not only for the rest of our bodies, but also our sight!

So, Dr. Kash want you to see long and live happy! Be sure to stay on top of your eye health and take care of yourself! Until next time my friends!

 

Delectable Nuggets

Ah, the month for love is upon us! Maybe he’ll go to Jared or maybe she’ll get you those sports tickets you really wanted, or maybe you’re like Dr. Kash and can’t wait for the day after Valentine’s for that oh so greatly discounted chocolate! Mmmmm…..chocolate! While we’re on the sweet subject, Dr. Kash has some interesting info concerning eye health and you guessed it…chocolate! Dark chocolate that is. But first, here’s some chocolaty fun facts about the delicious candy.

  • The first appearance of the chocolate bar was in Britain by Joseph Fry in 1847.
  • According to a study by the University of California, San Francisco, School of Nursing, a single 1.6 bar of dark chocolate is actually very good for you. So say bye-bye to the guilt!
  • It can take 2 to 5 years for a cacao tree to produce its first beans, but it’s so worth the wait!
  • It takes roughly 400 beans to make a single pound of chocolate!

Since dark chocolate has a higher percentage of cocoa than milk chocolate, it contains many flavanoids, antioxidants, and flavanols, which have been shown to increase blood flow.  This means better blood flow to the retina as well as the rest of the body. Dark chocolate is also rich in copper which can help promote healthy nerve function and that includes the optic nerve. And lastly, because this tasty morsel is rich in antioxidants, it aids in the fight against diseases including macular degeneration.

While dark chocolate alone is not the answer to overall eye health, it sure is nice to know that enjoying it can also come with some benefits! Of course, more studies need to be done in order to determine direct effects on the eyes. In the meantime, eat those delectable little nuggets without guilt!

 

 

#Instabooker

Facegram…or is it Instabook, Instaface….Instapot?!….Oh, you know…that social media platform!

Social media is a huge part of today’s world! According to Adweek.com, roughly 69% of the adult U.S. population uses social media. A Pew survey concluded that almost 94% of teens are on social media. Needless to say it can be an invaluable tool for any business to boost sales, awareness, and so much more! So if you feel a bit overwhelmed by it, don’t worry because Dr. Kash has some tips this week to help make the most of social media for your practice.

 

We live in the age of the screen! Information literally at our fingertips! So most often when you want to find more out about a business, store, movie, etc. you go directly to their website or social media page. One of the keys of the social media game, as it relates to business/marketing, is definitely consistency. Don’t leave your social media sites unattended for a long period of time. Keep posts fresh, at minimum 3 times a week. This helps you to stay relevant to current and prospective customers/patients. If this seems too daunting a task for one person to handle due to workload, delegate to different staff members to stay up to date in your social media presence.

Secondly, make sure your content is valuable and relevant to your followers/readers. Keep them engaged, provide information, but just enough as to leave them wanting to find out more. With content in mind, you can also provide incentives such as discounts or exclusive deals if, for example, they follow you on all social media outlets, or for referral, etc. You may even hold contests, all with the purpose of driving more traffic to your sites and most importantly, your business. In all of your social media experiences, let your practice’s unique personality shine through! Be professional, but be real and relatable.

Dr. Kash hopes you have fun posting and sharing! He also encourages you to use social media to your benefit and success! Until next time…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Year!

Ah, new year, fresh start…’tis the season of resolutions! Like many, maybe this will be the year you work on that stunning physique you’ve been dreaming of, or perhaps being a little wiser with the credit cards. Whatever the case may be, make sure eye health and regular exams are at the top of the list. January is National Glaucoma Awareness month and Dr. Kash has some important facts he’d like to pass along!

According to Glaucoma.org, here in the U.S., there are roughly 120,000 people suffering from blindness due to glaucoma. Glaucoma pretty much acts as a “thief” stealing sight without much warning and is actually a set of eye diseases, not just one singular disease. The onset is gradual and gives no noticeable warning and in most cases affects peripheral vision first. Toward the later stages of glaucoma, it may cause “tunnel vision” and eventually cause irreversible blindness. So who’s at risk and how do you stay ahead of the disease.  Those over the age of 40, who have a family history of the disease, have high pressure in the eye, or suffer from diabetes, migraines, and high blood pressure  are just some of the risk factors for this sight thief. In order to detect glaucoma or have one leg up on it so to speak, it is imperative to have regular complete eye exams, especially if one has any or all risk factors for it.

Dr. Kash want you start the year off right and healthy of course! So in order to see all the great things ahead for you this year, it may be in your best interest to keep eye health in mind! Happy New Year everyone!

Summer Where Art Thou!?

Brrrrrr….it…is…that…time…of year where Dr. Kash can’t stop shivering and starts his countdown to summer! And in the desperate longing for the warm sunny days to return, there’s at least one thing Dr. Kash can keep using all year long that reminds him of the beach…sunglasses! The importance of shielding our eyes from harmful U.V. rays cannot be stressed enough! It’s not just a summer thing…it’s an all year long necessity! So, this week Dr. Kash has some friendly reminders when it comes to U.V. protection.

  • Be in the know. Just because you’ve purchased a pair of sunglasses does not mean that is has U.V. protection. Be sure to look for a label, sticker, or tag stating that the sunglasses you’re purchasing have protection.
  • Dark does not equate to more protection. U.V. protection doesn’t have to do with color. Just because the lenses are dark, according to the Vision Council, doesn’t mean they will better protect the eyes if no U.V. protection is present. On the contrary, without actual U.V. guard, because dark lenses will dilate the pupil, it can actually allow more harmful rays into the eye!
  • The kiddos need protected too! Little eye are still developing and maturing which means it’s absolutely imperative they be protected! With the added bonus of course that they will look extra cute and stylish!
  • Eye still need protected during winter! Just because we don’t actually see the sun as much as we’d like to in the winter months, doesn’t mean it went away. Behind the clouds, even in summer, the sun’s rays are still beaming down at us so we need to be guarded.

So, shield those eyes, enjoy the holidays, and stay warm my friends!