Eye Wellness in the Workplace

eye strain from computer useMarch is Workplace Eye Wellness Month. No matter what your occupation, it is important to protect your eyes and your vision from damage, infection, and disease.  [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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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

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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…]

In Tough Economic Times, Don’t Skimp on Eye Care

applying eyedropsIn this unsteady economy, many of us face challenging financial situations or find ourselves having to live on less than we did in prior years. In addition, as our BFS community knows all too well, chronic or serious illness can be very costly. While we are all looking to save money wherever we can, it’s important to remember not to shortchange yourself or your family on eye care as the consequences of doing so can be quite devastating to you and your family’s eye health. Here are some important tips on where not to skimp along with money-saving suggestions.

Regular eye exams are necessary for maintaining eye health and catching and treating eye disease early to prevent vision loss and blindness. When you do have an eye condition, routine eye checks as recommended by your ophthalmologist or optometrist are essential to maintain your vision and prevent any further complications. Always keep these recommended appointments even if you are doing well. If you are struggling to keep up with fees for medical visits, speak with the office staff for assistance.  [Read more…]