Press Release

Press Release

The New Optometric Nutrition Society Announces Launch

May 02, 2008

SAN DIEGO, Feb. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- 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. Promote excellence in the care of optometric patients throgh 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 qualityand 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 standards.

The Optometric Nutrition Society founding directors:

President, Jeffrey Anshel, OD, Encinitas, CA

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

Secretary/Research Co-chair 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