Stevens Johnson Syndrome: What Is It and Why Should We Be Informed?

Since many patients arrive at BostonSight for PROSE treatment to alleviate persistent ocular symptoms from Stevens Johnson syndrome, we see firsthand their daily struggles with the aftermath and feel strongly about our dedication to SJS support, advocacy, and education.
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Empowered Patients

Knowledge is power. That’s a statement we’ve all heard many times but age and life experiences often reveal the truthfulness of this trite expression. In particular, knowledge can be extremely powerful when someone is confronted with a serious or life-threatening health condition. [Read more…]

Adequate Selenium Levels Necessary for Eye Health

selinium - brazil nutsTo remain healthy, the human body requires a number of trace elements that must be obtained through diet. Selenium is one of these essential nutrients that is necessary for your body to function properly and that has also been shown to impact eye health.

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BostonSight PROSE Treatment Videos Demonstrate Device Application and Removal

PROSEinsertionWe wanted to take a moment and remind you about the series of detailed videos that shows the application and removal process for BostonSight® PROSE devices, as well as prosthetic device care and handling techniques. These instructional videos demonstrate various application and removal strategies that suit the needs of any PROSE device user. They are a great source of information whether you are a prospective patient wanting to know in more detail what it’s like to use PROSE devices, a caregiver needing a refresher on techniques or device care, or a current patient interested in finding out about an alternate procedure for device application or removal. [Read more…]

Awareness Can Lead to Action: SJS Awareness Month

Imagine keeping vigil all alone at the hospital bedside of your 10-month-old as she struggles to survive. You’ve just been told by medical staff that she has developed a severe disease that you have never heard of and you are unable to find any substantial information about this illness. You are grief-stricken and do not even know where to turn for support or information. [Read more…]

Proper Hygiene and Prosthetic Device Care Critical for Preventing Infections

PD on finger closeup - BT -WM-L 20130111Previously, we highlighted research in which scientists are uncovering novel ways to fight eye infections. In that post, we touched on some general guidelines for preventing infections and recommended some basic hygiene practices. However, this topic is so important to our community members who have serious eye conditions and use BostonSight® PROSE devices, that this week we are covering the topic of eye infections and prevention in more detail. BostonSight PROSE patients, or those who wear contact lenses, may be especially prone to infections; therefore, practicing good hygiene and following device care instructions are critical to maintaining healthy eyes, as they are more at risk for serious infections.

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Eye Health Benefits of Anthoxanthins

potatoes“Eat the Rainbow” is a common mantra of the nutrition-savvy as a way to encourage everyone to ensure they are getting enough essential nutrients in their diet. The more variety of colored foods you consume, the greater variety of nutrients in your diet. However, one overlooked piece of this visual reminder is an essential component of good nutrition as well:  the color white. While many people think of whites as simple starches with poor nutritional benefits, such as pasta, white bread, or pastries, white-colored fruits and vegetables are essential for good health and have benefits for the eyes. [Read more…]

Wavefront Technologies Utilized for More Accurate Vision Correction

wavefront technologyWavefront optic technology was developed by astronomers to obtain clearer, less distorted views of planets and stars. Eye care professionals are now successfully adopting this technology in order to address their patients’ complex vision disorders. Potentially, this new approach could dramatically change the way in which eye care providers diagnose and treat many vision issues. [Read more…]

Six New Sjogrens Syndrome Genes Identified

DNAAn international coalition of researchers, called the Sjögren’s Genetics Network (SGENE), announced a breakthrough finding in 2013 that is providing hope to Sjögren’s patients worldwide. This team, led by scientists at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, has identified six new genes specific to Sjögren’s syndrome. It is hoped that this discovery will lead to treatments targeting the underlying disease, not just the symptoms.

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Eye Health Problems among the Most Costly in U.S.

In the current national spotlight is much discussion and public debate about health-care costs and health insurance coverage. Our BFS community members who face the daily challenges of chronic and life-threatening illness know all too well the impact of high health-care costs. A report published by Prevent Blindness America sheds light on the steep financial burden that results specifically from eye health disorders. [Read more…]