Throughout 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.
Springtime is so beautiful: the flowers are blooming, the sun is shining, and the temps are mild. Unfortunately, sometimes all of this beauty can bring a whole lot of misery! The sneezing, runny nose, and itchy, watery eyes are the hallmarks of seasonal allergies that arrive with the spring. [Read more...]
A rare disease is defined as one that affects fewer than 200,000 Americans. Nearly 7,000 rare diseases impact the lives of almost 30 million Americans. Here at BFS, a number of these rare diseases are very familiar to us and to our patient community. [Read more...]
Ahhhh, sleep. I crave it as much as anyone, but as we all know, it can be hard to get a good night’s sleep every night. Life is busy and it’s hard to squeeze in everything. Often sleep is the first item to get shortchanged in a busy day. But did you know that chronic lack of sleep can lead to serious health and safety issues? [Read more...]
New Research Findings Uncover Possible Links between Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Keratoconus, CPAP, and Dry Eye
We like to pass along research findings of interest to our BFS community as they cross our radar. Here are some interesting recent discoveries related to keratoconus and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) as well as the continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) treatment for apnea and dry eye that can be an unintended consequence of this treatment. [Read more...]
Last February, the National Keratoconus Foundation (NKCF) presented its annual vision symposium in Southern California. If you were unable to attend this event and are interested in learning about the latest keratoconus research and treatments, the NKCF has made available audio and video recordings from the symposium. [Read more...]
Never considered yourself the support group “type”? Maybe it’s time to reconsider. Research performed over the past decade shows strong evidence that social support yields reduced mortality risk and greater mental health. Patients facing serious health challenges who had strong support systems reported reduced stress and depression, improved pain control and fatigue, and increased self-image. Here’s what you need to know about finding a support group that works for you. [Read more...]