Today is National Senior Health & Fitness Day! You may or may not have known about this unofficial holiday, but we think this is important for our patients, and the general public, to be aware of. Whether you are an older adult or part of the sandwich generation, taking care of kids in the home and your older adult parents, it’s important that everyone has the opportunity to age gracefully. While there isn’t a magic trick or fountain of youth that is a one-stop shop for each of us, there are plenty of activities and daily health decisions we can make that will ensure we are as healthy as we can be as we age. Even your eyes are effected by your health and fitness so it’s important for every aspect of your life that you have healthy practices.
On National Senior Health & Fitness Day, over 100,000 senior adults participate in over 1,000 events throughout the US! The goal is to ensure that older adults have a focus on being active and making healthy choices.
We asked our own Dr. Orlando what his perspective is on National Senior Health & Fitness Day and if he had any suggestions on living a healthy lifestyle. This is what he had to say:
“No matter our age, it is important to follow proper nutrition and maintain a level of fitness to prevent disease. Something as simple as walking for a half hour will help reduce blood sugar levels, increase muscle tone and maintain strength in our bones. Even if it is winter, we can drive to an indoor mall and walk in the hallways. Swimming is also an excellent form of low impact exercise and most local communities have a discounted membership for those of us over 60. They also have multiple classes on stretching and flexibility, low impact aerobics and other activities to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Fresh fruit and vegetables are vital to a healthy digestive system and avoiding processed foods and those containing high amounts of sugar and sodium should be avoided. It is easier than ever to see what additives are in the foods we eat so become a label reader and learn what is in the things you put in your body.”
So, like we’ve always heard, an apple a day may keep the doctor away. But you’d have better chance if you took a walk around the orchard first!
We encourage everyone to be active and healthy. We only have one life, so live it to the fullest! You can check out some additional tips below on healthy living for older adults!
It’s that time again. The time for sharing a few of the wonderful things happening at Columbus Ophthalmology Associates with our wonderful patients! Do you get our newsletter? Here’s a sample of the great information you could be receiving each month in your inbox. Great information on the latest technology, deals from The Optical Shoppe, and the latest from our staff! We love serving Central Ohio residents and want to make sure you have the most up-to-date information available and have the best possible vision at every stage of your life. Email email@example.com if you would like to join our mailing list!
This week, we were happy to welcome our OSU Externs to our offices!
Columbus Ophthalmology is proud to partner with The Ohio State University College of Optometry as an externship site for fourth-year students. As part of their Primary Care Extern rotation, our students spend 13 weeks at our practice with our ODs as their clinical instructors. They are able to see a wide range of pathology and observe how several specialties work together in a positive learning environment. Our OSU Optometry Externship is also an opportunity for students to attend our continuing education programs and they are sometimes called on to give case presentations. We try to convey to our students that education never ends and the importance of the fellowship among all eye care and other healthcare providers.
Here are the latest additions to the COA Family:
Rebecca is from Charlotte, North Carolina and is fluent in Spanish. She’s completed the 180-mile Pelotonia the past couple of years and is a dog mom to her 2 beloved beagles. Her future aspirations are to fit specialty contacts and become proficient in glaucoma management.
Jenni grew up in Minster, Ohio. This past January, she married her undergrad sweetheart, Chris. She’s a recent dog mom to her adopted spaniel/border collie, Freddy. And she loves keeping busy outdoors – hiking, kayaking, and she recently climbed her first mountain.
Kim was born and raised and Columbus, Ohio. She loves to eat at new restaurants and try new food. She also loves to cook and does so frequently. You can often find her in the kitchen trying new recipes. Kim is also excited to be an aunt for the first time this September.
We love having our externs in and around our offices! Welcome, ladies!
May. It’s the transition from the end of spring into the beginning of summertime. School is coming to a close. Outdoor activities will begin to pick up with time spent outdoors during long nights where the sunshine lasts on and on. Through all of the changes that the month of May can and will bring, we want you to make sure you not only see well but that your eyes are healthy too!
Dr. Derick and Dr. Litzinger are a valuable part of our team at Columbus Ophthalmology Associates. Their love for helping their patients and providing the best service possible is evident to everyone they see. On an average day, patients from Central Ohio trust both Dr. Derick and Dr. Litzinger with one of their most valuable possessions: their sight. Time and time again, patient after patient, we have seen success story after success story in patients regaining their vision and satisfied with their procedure. This is what they live for. Or is it? What you may not know about both Dr. Derick and Dr. Litzinger is that their passion for assisting patients’ regain their vision goes well beyond Central Ohio. These brilliant surgeons have been making a difference in the lives of people around the world, helping others regain their sight, one cataract or glaucoma surgery at a time. In order to learn more about their personal decision to give back in this way and about their passion, we’ve invited them to share their personal experiences with you!
Dr. Derick: “I have been fortunate enough to visit Nepal, Dr. Ruit’s hospital in Kathmandu and meet Dr Tabin (in reference to the Himalayan Cataract Project). Their dedication is truly inspiring! I believe their experiences led me to become involved in Ophthalmic Surgical Missions. I have been on 8 missions and able to help restore sight to thousands of poor people blind with cataracts. I can honestly say that the missions are some of the most fulfilling aspects of my practice of Ophthalmology. There are no words to express the special bond you make with a person who cannot see one day and can see well the next! I believe that some of the personal stories portrayed on 60 minutes about Drs Tabin and Ruit’s work in Burma depict this patient-doctor bond!”
Why did you become an Ophthalmologist?
Dr. Derick: “One of the reasons I became an Ophthalmologist is because I believe that sight is the most precious of the senses. Losing your sight is life-altering. Think about trying to get through the day without using your eyes – cooking, cleaning, working, taking care of your family – without being able to see. That is the reality for thousands and thousands of people in Nicaragua.”
Tell us about your trip to Nicaragua
Dr. Derick:“Nicaragua is the second poorest country in Central America and access to health care is extremely limited. The health care system in Nicaragua is two-tiered: a government-sponsored tier that is free and a private pay tier. Only private pay patients have access to modern cataract surgery and those who can afford it are very few. Without access to modern surgery, thousands of Nicaraguans become blind every year. I knew the incredible impact our team’s surgical skills could have on the lives of these patients. Just a few minutes with us could change their lives forever and give them back the sight they lost. So when I was asked to return to Nicaragua again, I jumped at the chance. Our team of twelve—three surgeons and nine surgical assistants—carried 1,200 pounds of surgical equipment, instruments and microscopes down to the National Eye Hospital in Managua, Nicaragua. For four long days, our team of surgeons and scrub techs performed 152 cataract and glaucoma surgeries. The people of Nicaragua are incredibly kind and were so patient as they waited for their turn under the microscope. Watching someone see for the first time in months, even years, is something I’ll never forget. When the patches were removed, there were hugs, expressions of amazement and joy and many tears. Those are the moments as a surgeon you live for and I wouldn’t change it for the world. Sometimes I think I get more out of the experience than they do. I have loved giving back through my medical mission trips to Jamaica, India and Nicaragua. We are a self-funded group and all of our staff have to take vacation days to be a part of this team. Some people may feel that we are incredibly generous with our time and resources, but every single one of us feels lucky and fortunate to be able to participate in these life altering experiences and give back the gift of sight.”
On Dr. Derick’s last mission trip, his daughter was able to join him and be his interpreter!
How about that for an inspiration!
Dr. Litzinger has also given his time and talents to help those around the world.
Can you tell us about your experience?
Dr. Litzinger: I first met Dr. Tabin when he was a visiting lecturer at my residency program in San Francisco, California. We saw patients together before his lecture and bonded over common interests including outdoor sports, international healthcare, and ophthalmology. We kept in touch, and he later arranged to have the Himalayan Cataract Project sponsor my course on small incision cataract surgery (SICS) in Kathmandu, Nepal at the Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology. I spent five weeks in Nepal learning the SICS technique from Dr. Sanduk Ruit and other Nepali ophthalmologists, and also saw hundreds of patients in their bustling eye clinic. I wanted to learn SICS because it is low-tech but effective and does not require the expensive and heavy equipment that we use in the U.S., and therefore the technique travels well. I can perform it anywhere from a surgical tent in the Himalayas, to severe cases here at home. I look forward to employing the SICS technique again on my next medical mission and am forever grateful to Drs. Tabin and Ruit for helping me acquire the skill.As you can see, our Doctors love what they do and truly desire to bring the gift of sight to those here at home and abroad. You did hear about the Himalayan Cataract Project from both of our Doctors and we want you to learn more about that too. If you click on the image below, you will be taken to a video where you can see exactly what Ophthalmologists, like Dr. Derick and Dr. Litzinger, are about to do around the world to help provide vision for all.
As you can see, our Doctors love what they do and truly desire to bring the gift of sight to those here at home and abroad. You did hear about the Himalayan Cataract Project from both of our Doctors and we want you to learn more about that too. If you click on the image below, you will be taken to a video where you can see exactly what Ophthalmologists, like Dr. Derick and Dr. Litzinger, are able to do around the world to help provide vision for all.
Click here or click on the photo below to see a video on the Himalayan Cataract Project!