The New Optometric Nutrition Society Announces Launch

    A Professional Society Whose Time Has Come

    SAN DIEGO, Feb. 5 /CNW/ -- The demand for vision services is expected to
flood the healthcare system by 2015 due to age related eye disease and the
diabetes epidemic.  Therefore, disease prevention, including lifestyle
modification, attention to dietary intake and micronutrient supplementation
must become more of a focus of primary vision care.

    The purpose of the Optometric Nutrition Society is to:

    1. To promote excellence in the care of optometric patients through
       nutritional support of eye health and the prevention and control of
       ocular and systemic disease.
    2. To sponsor professional symposia as well as a website, and to generate
       materials to educate professionals regarding the role of nutrition in
       systemic and ocular health.
    3. To provide a collegial atmosphere where health care professionals can
       exchange ideas and concepts regarding nutritional influences on vision.
    4. Provide a resource pool of clinically relevant refereed studies that
       support the role of safe nutritional support for the management of
       ocular and systemic disease.
    5. To monitor and validate claims made by industry regarding the quality
       and efficacy of nutritional supplements.
    6. To encourage the inclusion of nutrition education in the curricula of
       optometry schools.
    The founding board members of the Optometric Nutrition Society (ONS) have
a long history in the area of nutrition research as it relates to vision
health, as well as credentials that have allowed them to publish in the field
of systemic nutrition as it relates to eye health, or to lecture in this field
at local, national and international optometric meetings.
    The ONS will closely monitor peer-reviewed published science on
nutritional influence on eye health, as well as safety and ethical issues
regarding specific micronutrients included in supplements being marketed to
vision patients.  This information will be available to ONS members through a
quarterly newsletter and on the ONS web site that includes a nutrition forum.
    The Optometric Nutrition Society annual meeting will include COPE and
Optometric Educational Institution approved continuing education with a
nutrition focus.
    The non-profit Optometric Nutrition Society will not endorse any
nutritional product. However, the ONS welcomes industry sponsorship from those
who design and manufacture eye-specific evidence-based formulations to GMP

    The Optometric Nutrition Society founding directors:

    President, Jeffrey Anshel, OD, Encinitas, CA

    Vice President, George Schmidt, OD, Palm Beach Gardens, FL

    Secretary, Ellen Troyer, MT MA, Colorado Springs, CO

    Treasurer, Richard Kattouf II, OD, Greenville, SC

    Meeting Co-Chairman: Garry Kappel, OD, Lakeview, OR

    Meeting Co-Chairman: Paul Chris, OD, Toronto, ON, Canada

    Research Chairman: Stuart Richer, OD, PhD, North Chicago, IL

    Education Chairman:  Larry Alexander, OD, FAAO, Prospect, KY

    Public Relations Chairman: Dennis Ruskin, OD, FAAO, Toronto, ON Canada

    Industry Relations Chairman: Michael Geiger, OD, New York, NY

    For more information contact:

     Jeffrey Anshel, OD

     Dennis Ruskin, OD, FAAO
     416-293-4309 - Canada

For further information:

For further information: Jeffrey Anshel, OD, +1-760-944-1200,; or Dennis Ruskin, OD, FAAO, +1-416-293-4309,, both of Optometric Nutrition Society Web Site:

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