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…]

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…]

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…]

Vitamin D and Your Eyes

Vitamin D infographicsThe Vitamin D Council, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing reliable and evidence-based information about vitamin D, notes that researchers consider lack of sufficient vitamin D to be pandemic. [Read more…]

Evidence Supports Increased Screening of Dry Eye Patients for Sjögren’s Syndrome

In 2012, the Sjögren’s Syndrome Foundation (SSF) announced a major initiative to reduce the time it takes to receive a Sjögren’s diagnosis by 50%. At present, the average time from the onset of symptoms to diagnosis is over 5 years, which delays treatment and can lead to prolonged discomfort and increased complications for patients. [Read more…]

Ocular Allergies and Eye Disease: An Uncomfortable Combination

spring flowersSpringtime 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.

Allergy eye symptoms can be particularly difficult for those who are already dealing with an underlying eye health condition. Here are some suggestions for safely relieving ocular allergy symptoms and a few precautions to be aware of for specific eye health conditions. [Read more…]

Sjogren’s Antibody Discovery Improves Diagnosis

We wanted to let you know about a recent discovery of a new autoantibody associated with Sjögren’s syndrome. This discovery is leading to the development of a new diagnostic test that will more accurately identify a diagnosis of Sjögren’s early in the disease process.

This finding will pave the way to improved identification and treatment of this devastating autoimmune illness. Many of our BostonSight® PROSE patients with Sjögren’s syndrome have been through a long journey of diagnosis and maintain hope that future Sjögren’s sufferers won’t have to endure a similar path.  [Read more…]

Six New Sjögren’s Syndrome Genes Identified

DNAAn international coalition of researchers, called the Sjögren’s Genetics Network (SGENE), announced a breakthrough finding last month 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. [Read more…]