Bilberry: fact versus fiction
Long marketed as a remedy for night vision difficulties, Bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus) is a shrubby plant native to northern Europe, with luscious berries rich in anthocyanins. Jams and jellies made from the fruit have been consumed for centuries, notably during the second world war by pilots who hoped to improve their night vision.
A potent antioxidant, its active ingredients improve blood circulation by way of preventing capillary fragility, thinning the blood, and stimulating vasodilators. Rhodopsin, the photopigment that does the bulk of the work during night vision, exhibits enhanced regeneration with Bilberry consumption. Right on, little berry!
As far as proof goes, much is anectodal, as clinical studies are mixed. But the berry is essentially nontoxic and in my opinion, there is not a whole lot of downside to adding this to diet or supplement regimen, especially if you have night vision or night driving difficulty that the glasses coatings and designs (DriveSafe by Zeiss) haven't helped much.
Cheers! Be well and see well, Dr. Futch
New location will be 21 Main Street, Dec 1st
We are moving to 21 Main Street and should be in and settled by December 1st, 2018. The week of Nov 26th is going to be a bit busy with moving, so keep that in mind if you need to reach us to get your glasses or have an urgent issue. This is going to be a more sustainable spot for us, I'm excited! This is the spot affectionately known as "Main Treat", adjacent to the walkway to the Angel Island Ferry.
What happened is our landlord basically told us we can't stay in 1640 #13, and they could only give me a year lease at 46 Main (meaning I would have to move the office again in only a year from now). So I needed to look for a new home that would be comfortable for us in the years to come.
Maggie McDonough of the Angel Island Ferry Company owns 21 Main, so we are happy to support another local business with our rent. We are working on a few key updates to refresh the space inside, which already had new floors put in a year ago.
We know our patients appreciated the parking lot at 1640 Tiburon Blvd, so this is one downside to being back on the Main street downtown, but I think there are many more positives that really tip the scale in favor of this location, for us and our patients. We hope you come visit and check out the new spot come December.
Celia Futch OD
Eye doctor, mother & practice CEO