Nutritional Optometry Associates
“In the Vanguard of Dietary Research and Integrative Therapy in the Prevention and Reversal of Eye and Vision Disorders” DR. BENJAMIN CLARENCE LANE is the widely reported researcher-author who discovered the importance of diopter-hours of accommodative stimulus in myopiagenesis, the importance of the trace mineral chromium, the chromium-to-vanadium ratio, and the B-complex vitamin “folate” in the prevention and reversal of myopia, the regulation of intraocular pressure and the energy equations of binocular accommodation. Dr. Lane has discovered and reported the major role of fish-methylmercury as a risk factor in subcapsular vacuolization and nuclear cataract. He was first to report the need for both dietary zinc and copper in AMD prevention, now confirmed by the Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS) and the newer findings that too much well-cooked protein is a major risk factor for exudative macular degeneration, and that too much vitamin C promotes vitreous liquefaction and fibrillar degeneration of the vitreous. Dr. Lane is a Certified Nutrition Specialist. He has been awarded fellowships in the American Assn for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the American Academy of Optometry, the American College of Nutrition, and the COVD. He has been a Diplomate of the Binocular Vision and Perception Section of the AAO since 1976. His study on the effect of dietary indiscretions on the tear film and extended-wear contact lenses was featured on the cover of the journal Ophthalmology. His article on nutrition and macular degeneration was featured on the cover of Optometric Management. In August 2005 Dr. Lane lectured 7.5 hours in Chennai, India, giving the “Nutritional Optometry Lecture” and lecturing to their Elite College of Optometry and also to the staff of the huge Sankara Nethralaya Eye Hospital. In September 2005, Dr. Lane received the Scientific Achievement Award of the New Jersey Society of Optometric Physicians. In 1978 and 1981 Dr. Lane was conferred the NJOA Scientific Achievement Awards. In 1977 Dr. Lane received the NY Academy of Optometry Distinguished Service Award prior to his presidency of NYAO. Dr. Lane has served as President of the New York Academy of Optometry, activist-president of the Student Body at Columbia University’s School of Public Health, Associate NJ State Director and Study-Group Chair for the Optometric Extension Program, and Optometric Consultant and Participating Optometrist to the Ohio State University Research Foundation. He was Coordinator for Optometric Participation in Project Head Start for four NJ counties and was the first Membership and also Nutrition Chair for COVD and for the Vision Care Section of the APHA. Dr. Lane chaired NERVO (Nutritional Epidemiology Research in Vision and Ophthalmology) meetings four consecutive years at ARVO (the Assn for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology).