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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

Decreased Balance Found in People with Poor Vision

In the elderly population, accidental falls present a significant health hazard and can result in lasting disability or even death. Falls in the elderly are often attributed to declining vision. A recent study conducted at the UC Davis Health System Eye Center took a look at the larger adult population and found some interesting correlations between eyesight and the sense of balance[Read more…]

Tips and Assistive Devices for Effective Eye Drop Administration

applying eyedropsNumerous eye health conditions require treatment with eye drops. Depending on your symptoms and diagnosis, various formulations may be recommended by your health-care provider. Some eye drops are purchased over-the counter whereas others require a prescription.

While the use of eye drops to treat eye health problems might seem simple at first, many people find the use of eye drops more difficult in practice. Our BostonSight® PROSE patients are more than familiar with these challenges as most first-line treatments for eye conditions require the use of some type of eye drops. In fact, research has shown that even experienced eye drop users often are ineffective with their applications. Here are some helpful tips to ensure that you are using your drops safely and correctly and a few recommendations for assistive devices to overcome application challenges.

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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…]

Empowered Patient Coalition

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.

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Early Use of Amniotic Membrane Transplantation Helps Prevent Vision Loss from SJS/TENS

As we continue our efforts to help spread awareness of Stevens Johnson Syndrome (SJS) and Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis (TENS), we also like to share information on advances in treatment of these devastating illnesses.  A 2012 study led by Dr. Charles Bouchard, chair of the department of ophthalmology at Loyola University Medical Center, analyzed the use of amniotic membrane transplants on the eyes of patients with SJS and TENS. [Read more…]

My SJS Care Week 2014

This post was written by Mariam, an SJS survivor from Chicago. She has been attending SJS patient events at BFS for four years. 

survivors with proclamation at BBQI arrived in Dedham, MA around four in the afternoon, exhausted and worn down from my long trip from home. We checked in, dropped off our luggage, and waited. That period between arrival and meeting other SJS patients and their families is one filled with anticipation. I sat there on my bed thinking about how our first meeting and how the rest of the week would play out. Who would I meet? Who did I already know? And most importantly, what could I learn this time around? My family and I have been to four SJS Care Weeks and with each trip I left with something new. I left with new friends, new support systems, new tips and tricks concerning lenses and general medical care. When the time came, I got up and walked down the hall, nervous about what I would see behind the “SJS CARE WEEK” door.  I did find something when I opened that door- and that was love.

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