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…]

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…]

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…]

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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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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