Managing Your Personal Health Records for Effective Coordinated Care

A diagnosis of a serious or chronic illness brings with it a host of health-care appointments involving multiple specialists along with plenty of diagnostic tests, medications, surgical procedures, hospitalizations, and more. All of these complexities add up to an immense amount of data that can be important information for every health-care provider you consult throughout your health journey. [Read more…]

Biologic Medication Shows Potential for Easing Dry Eye Symptoms

Biologic medications have led to tremendous treatment improvements for people with serious illnesses such as rheumatoid arthritis and cancer. New research is now looking into whether these types of medications might be useful for treating eye conditions as well. A recent clinical trial examined the effect of a biologic agent on dry eye. [Read more…]

Possible Link Exists between Dry Eye and Migraines

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Migraines alone can be painful enough but for those who suffer from these debilitating headaches plus dry eye, the pain is even greater. Recent discoveries into the connection between dry eye and migraine could lead to better diagnosis and management for those who experience both of these painful conditions.

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Blinking Promotes a Healthy Ocular Surface

Closeup of eyes winkingThroughout the day, the average person blinks about 15 times per minute. Blinking helps to keep the eyes healthy by distributing lubricating fluid from the lacrimal gland over the surface of the eye. This action also helps to provide essential nutrients to the eye surface. When eyes are irritated, extra tears are produced by the lacrimal glands and the additional fluid and blinking action help to flush out irritants. Research shows us that variations in blink rates, patterns, and strengths can have a significant impact on overall eye health and might even serve as an indicator of an underlying eye condition.

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Decreased Balance Found in People with Poor Vision

In the elderly population, accidental falls present a significant health hazard and can result in lasting disability or even death. Falls in the elderly are often attributed to declining vision. A recent study conducted at the UC Davis Health System Eye Center took a look at the larger adult population and found some interesting correlations between eyesight and the sense of balance[Read more…]

Scientists Show Good Bacteria Can Fight Eye Infections

red sore allergy eye

Eye infections can be very serious, leading to possible vision loss or other long-term complications if left untreated. If you already have a health condition that affects your eyes, it is even more important to take precautions to prevent infection and seek medical attention at the first sign of a possible infection. Contact lens and BostonSight® PROSE device wearers must be especially vigilant as they tend to be more susceptible to infections due to the frequency of handling lenses/prosthetics and touching the eyes. [Read more…]

Research Shows Adults Over 50 Not Getting the Nutrients Necessary for Eye Health

Variety of organic vegetables and fruits In our efforts to promote healthy eyes in our BFS community, we use Connected Visions to share current research findings on nutrition and its impact on eye health. A 2013 survey shows us that most Americans over age 50 are not getting the essential nutrients they need for healthy eyes. This segment of the population also lacks awareness of how critical good nutrition is to eye health. [Read more…]

Development of Corneal Cell Line Opens Doors for New Research

The human corneal endothelium is the inner layer of cells that make up the corneal surface. This cellular layer is tightly sealed, selectively pumping fluid out of the cornea. These corneal cells may be damaged by disease, surgical complications, or aging, which can result in visual loss or blindness. [Read more…]

Essential Nutrients Lutein and Zeaxanthin Support Vision Health

BroccoliLutein and zeaxanthin. Perhaps you have heard of them? These are really strange sounding nutrients that are important for eye health. As we touched upon in a previous post about phase 2 of the Age Related Eye Disease study (AREDS2), the addition of these nutrients to the AREDS supplement formulation was beneficial for those who did not obtain enough of these nutrients in their diet. Even if you are getting enough lutein and zeaxanthin in your diet, it’s interesting to understand the important role that these two nutrients have for eye health.

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Link Discovered Between Fibromyalgia and Dry Eye

Dry eye can result from many causes, including underlying conditions such as Stevens Johnson syndrome, Graft vs. Host disease, Sjögren’s syndrome, and others. Whatever the cause, the symptoms are the same and can occur to a degree that makes life unbearable. [Read more…]