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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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…]

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

Feeling awful headache.

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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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…]

Airline Cabin Air Negatively Impacts Dry Eye: Strategies for Coping

Airliner flying past the sun - in blue skyWhether for business or pleasure, most of us travel by airplane from time to time.  While airline flights are efficient for getting to distant locales, if you have dry eye or use BostonSight® PROSE devices, airline travel can present some challenges. A little extra planning and preparation before catching a flight out of town can help ensure a safe and comfortable vacation without interruption from eye health concerns.

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Keep Moving: Exercise Benefits Your Eyes

Men and women lifting barbell in gymThe benefits of regular exercise are numerous. Decades of research has shown that exercise is key to weight management, mental clarity, stress reduction, and disease prevention. More recent studies have shown a direct impact on eye health as well. Many of our BostonSight community members struggle with chronic and serious illnesses and we strive to be as healthy as we can be while managing these health conditions. In addition to BostonSight® PROSE treatment to overcome specific eye conditions, it’s important to maintain overall eye health as well. Regular exercise can optimize eye health and help prevent eye diseases.
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Anti-Inflammatory Diet and Healthy Eyes

Variety of organic vegetables and fruits Inflammation in the body has a positive role in helping to heal infections and injuries, but ongoing inflammation that is no longer needed for healing can have the opposite effect. Chronic inflammation can adversely impact health. Many of our BostonSight® PROSE patients struggle with health conditions in which inflammation plays a central role, including rheumatoid arthritis, Sjögren’s syndrome, graft vs. host disease, and Stevens Johnson syndrome. Dry eye disease can also be a direct result of inflammation. [Read more…]