The practice of Dr. Gordon Wong
Aug 21, 2009 @ 05:27 PM — by Gordon Wong, OD
Crystalens Don't just see~See better!
Dec 8, 2008 @ 05:20 PM — by Gordon Wong, OD
Chronic Dry Eye - A New Treatment
Millions of Americans suffer from chronic dry eye disease, a condition in which the eye does not produce adequate quantity or quality of tears. While the condition occurs in both men and women, it is much more common in women. Over 3 million women in the United States alone — or 1 in 12 — over the age of 50 suffer from chronic dry eye. Risk factors for this condition include hormonal changes, autoimmune diseases such as arthritis, lupus and Sjögren’s (”SHOW-grins”) syndrome.
Blurred vision that improves with blinking
Discomfort after reading, watching TV or working on a computer
Excessive tearing may seem to be an unusual symptom for chronic dry eye syndrome but these irritant tears, produced as a reflex reaction to the syndrome, contain more water than normal tears, which have a balance of water, fat
Dec 8, 2008 @ 05:10 PM — by Gordon Wong, OD
Calcium - The "Supernutrient"
Calcium is the first nutrient approved by the FDA for the prevention of a specific disease. The “supernutrient” status of calcium stems from its potential to reduce the risk of osteoporosis, hypertension, colon cancer and other diseases.
Calcium is essential to life. Not only is it the principal mineral in bones and teeth, but calcium is also involved in blood clotting and muscle contraction, among other functions. All of these processes require maintenance of a constant level of blood calcium. Bone is the body’s calcium reserve. When dietary calcium intake is low, skeletal reserves of calcium are drawn upon. Any depletion of bone calcium results in a corresponding reduction in bone’s mechanical strength and eventually increased fracture risk.
High Blood Pressure (hypertension)
Since the mid-1980s, there has been accumulating evidence that a dietary pattern low in fat and rich in low-fat dairy foods, fruits and veget
Nov 14, 2008 @ 08:51 PM — by Gordon Wong, OD
Diets Rich in Saturated Fat vs. Omega-3s
Eating foods rich in saturated fats has been associated with the development of degenerative diseases, including heart disease and even cancer. Polyunsaturated fatty acids, however, are actually good for you. Omega-3s (found primarily in cold-water fish) fall into this category, along with omega-6s, another type of polyunsaturated fatty acids found in grains, most plant-based oils, poultry and eggs.
Why "essential?" Omega-3s (and omega-6s) are termed essential fatty acids (EFAs) because they are critical for good health. However, the body cannot make them on its own. For this reason, omega-3s must be obtained from food, thus making outside sources of these fats "essential."
omega-6-rich foods excess - Nutritionists have come to recognize the importance of balancing omega-3 fatty acids with omega-6 fatty acids in the diet. Although the body needs both omega-3s and omega-6s to thrive, most people on a typical Western diet co