Healthy Eyelashes for Healthy Eyes

eyelashesThe eyelashes and eyelids combine to form a defensive shield over the eye, working in conjunction to protect the delicate ocular surface. Lashes trigger a blink whenever a foreign particle, including dust and debris, approaches the eye; the blink reflex can also be triggered by wind and bright light.

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Visually Impaired Should be Aware of their Special Rights Under the ADA

glasses on eye chartThe Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal law passed in 1990 to prevent discrimination against individuals with disabilities. The law includes provisions for equal access to public spaces, state and local government services, and employment opportunities. A disability, for ADA purposes, is defined as something that substantially limits a major life activity. “Individuals with disabilities” includes those, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, whose vision cannot be corrected to a “normal” level.

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The Ocular Consequences of Smoking

Everyone knows that smoking cigarettes is bad for you. Tobacco use, including smokeless tobacco, is responsible for almost half a million deaths each year in the United States alone. Smoking increases the risk of stroke and heart disease by 2 to 4 times. In addition to the lungs, tobacco can cause cancers of many different organs, including the bladder, colon, kidneys, liver, and stomach. [Read more…]

Eye Makeup Safety Tips

eyeshadows and brushes isolated on white background

Putting on eye makeup, including mascara, eye shadow and eye liner, is an essential part of many people’s daily routine.  It is important for everyone to use precautions when purchasing, applying and removing eye makeup; and extra care must be taken by those who also wear BostonSight® PROSE devices or contact lenses. [Read more…]

Simple Home Modifications for the Visually Impaired

When you are dealing with vision loss, a simple task such as getting a glass of water can become fraught with hidden dangers. An open shade, a burned out light bulb, or a kitchen chair out of place can result in a fall. Making some simple modifications to the home can help assure your continued independence and safety. [Read more…]

Replacements for Unisol 4

Unisol B SmithThe doctors and staff at BostonSight®, and throughout the BostonSight PROSE Network, are committed to providing the best possible care to our BostonSight PROSE patients; this commitment includes keeping them up to date on any changes in prosthetic device use and care protocol. Since Unisol 4 was an important part of all PROSE patients’ daily routine, we did some research when we learned that it is being discontinued and are recommending the following products for replacement.

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Next Week is SJS Care Week!

SJS ribbonSummertime means lazy days, warm weather, and vacations with family. Sadly, this is not always the case for those who have survived Stevens Johnson Syndrome (SJS) and suffer from long-term health effects as a result. Many of these survivors have permanent eye and skin damage that cause light sensitivity, fatigue, scarring, and difficulty controlling body temperature, making many summertime activities challenging.

While treating so many SJS patients, BFS became aware of the real sense of isolation that survivors and their families can feel when dealing with this disorder. To try to help, BFS created SJS Care Week, an annual event for SJS survivors who have completed BostonSight® PROSE treatment at Boston Foundation for Sight.  [Read more…]

“Be My Eyes” App Connects Visually Impaired with Volunteers

Be My Eyes logoIn January 2015, a free I-Phone app called ‘Be My Eyes” was launched. The app connects visually impaired people from around the world with sighted volunteers.  [Read more…]

Raising Awareness of Stevens Johnson Syndrome

SJS ribbonAs many in our BFS community know, Stevens Johnson Syndrome (SJS) is a devastating disease that can have lifelong ramifications. Early diagnosis and treatment are the keys to surviving and minimizing the long-term effects.  [Read more…]

Swimming and Eye Safety this Summer

Family Under Water in Swimming PoolFor many children, and adults, summertime means swim time. Whether it’s a visit to the beach or a dip in the local pool, swimming can be a fun, inexpensive way to stay healthy and cool this summer.   [Read more…]