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…]

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…]

Eye Health Problems among the Most Costly in U.S.

In the current national spotlight is much discussion and public debate about health-care costs and health insurance coverage. Our BFS community members who face the daily challenges of chronic and life-threatening illness know all too well the impact of high health-care costs. A report published by Prevent Blindness America sheds light on the steep financial burden that results specifically from eye health disorders. [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…]

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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Scientists Show Good Bacteria Can Fight Eye Infections

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Eye infections can be very serious, leading to possible vision loss or other long-term complications if left untreated. If you already have a health condition that affects your eyes, it is even more important to take precautions to prevent infection and seek medical attention at the first sign of a possible infection. Contact lens and BostonSight® PROSE device wearers must be especially vigilant as they tend to be more susceptible to infections due to the frequency of handling lenses/prosthetics and touching the eyes. [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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