Mobile Apps for Health

Smartphones and mobile applicationsThe proliferation of mobile electronics and their corresponding applications have provided us fast and easy access to a vast quantity of information as well as functional tools to help manage our lives. As we celebrate the beginning of 2012 with resolutions to live healthier lifestyles, look no further than your mobile device for help in achieving those goals. [Read more…]

Sometimes Patients Teach Doctors

Doctor talking to patientFrom PROSE patient Mary Dalessio:

I have had many issues with my eyes over the 7 years since I received a stem cell transplant in 2004. The difficulties I faced included contracting Graft versus Host Disease (GVHD) which affected many systems in my body including my eyes. At first, my ophthalmologist attributed the problems to cataracts, and so I had cataract surgery in both eyes in 2007. This same year I also had an episode of spontaneous corneal erosion, in which I felt like I was having the worst migraine of my life. [Read more…]

Changing Roles in Health-Care: Empowered Patients Achieve Optimal Outcomes

Over the last several decades, the traditional model of health-care delivery has dramatically shifted with ownership of the process now predominantly in the hands of the health-care consumer instead of the provider. Patients are now more empowered in many of their health-care choices from insurance coverage, providers and facilities, and even treatment decisions. It sounds like a great shift, doesn’t it? But with increased patient empowerment comes many challenges as well.  How can an empowered patient best engage in the health-care system to achieve the most effective outcomes?

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CaringBridge: A Leader in Health Support Networking

For more than 15 years, CaringBridge has taken the lead in providing a means of support and personal connection for people who are facing serious illness or health challenges. Over half a million people use CaringBridge each day to reach across distances and time zones to touch the lives of friends and family in need of compassion during their difficult health journeys. Studies have shown that personal messages of support provide a positive impact on health outcomes and CaringBridge offers an easy way to facilitate this type of support.

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Coming Soon: SJS Care Week at BFS!

We are so excited for our favorite week of the year: SJS Care Week! Beginning on August 5, Boston Foundation for Sight will welcome our Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS) patients and their families for a week of medical treatment and social support.

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Emotional Empowerment

There’s no way around it, many patients with corneal disease struggle emotionally.  And how could it be otherwise, since symptoms can negatively impact many quality of life issues such as ability to work, socialize, be a family member or just enjoy general leisure time?  Ultimately, this impact can lead to some tough emotional burdens like depression and anxiety.

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Giving Thanks for Hospitality Homes

HospitalityHomesThanksgiving is traditionally a time to give thanks and reflect with gratitude on the many blessings in our lives. We gather with family and friends in celebration as we share a bountiful feast. Here at Boston Foundation for Sight we are thankful for partner organizations that help us fulfill our mission of restoring sight and transforming lives by treating complex corneal disease. [Read more…]

Omega Fatty Acids Beneficial for Dry Eye

Omega 3 foodsWith all of the health and nutritional information available today in the media, it can be difficult to tell which recommendations are valid and what advice might apply to your personal health situation. It’s important for everyone to look critically at the science underlying each news blurb in order to determine the quality of the information. For instance, there has been a lot of focus in recent years on essential fatty acids and their impact on health, particularly for those with dry eye. [Read more…]

Proper Hygiene and Device Care Critical for Preventing Infections

Last August, we highlighted new research in which scientists are uncovering novel ways to fight eye infections. In that post, we touched on some general guidelines for preventing infections and recommended some basic hygiene practices. However, this topic is so important to our community members who have serious eye conditions and use PROSE devices, that this week we are covering the topic of eye infections and prevention in more detail. [Read more…]

Updated Sjögren’s Syndrome Self-Help Booklet Available

The Sjögren’s Syndrome Foundation has recently updated their Self-Help Booklet and has made it available to download free of charge.  In this third edition, you will find the latest information and strategies for coping with the challenges presented by Sjögren’s Syndrome. Topics covered include: [Read more…]