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…]

Website Helps Patients Connect and Share

Are you looking to connect with others who share your health concerns and to find new sources of information on treatment and research? We’d like to introduce you to one of the patient support websites that we added to the BFS patient resources list.

Patients Like Me is an online community with more than 150,000 members who want you to know that you are not alone, but one of many who share your health concerns, struggles, and triumphs. Over 1,000 health conditions are represented in this online community from common illnesses to extremely rare diseases.  [Read more…]

Omega-3s: What They Are and How They Can Help Your Eyes

Omega 3 foodsIt seems like Omega-3s are everywhere now. In the grocery store you can find cereals, crackers, nutrition bars, eggs, and beverages all fortified with Omega-3s. The supplement aisle is lined with assorted brands, types, and strengths of these essential fatty acids.

You’ve read about their health benefits in newspapers, magazines, and online. The myriad of products and information can be overwhelming. Should you incorporate omega-3s into your diet? If so, which way is best and how much should you consume? Here’s an overview of the health and ocular benefits of Omega-3s and some ways you can include them as part of your healthy lifestyle.  [Read more…]

New Findings Identify Collagen-Influencing Genes that Indicate Keratoconus Risk

According to the National Keratoconus Foundation (NKCF), keratoconus (KC) is estimated to occur in 1 out of every 2,000 persons in the general population. Keratoconus is a disorder that causes thinning of the cornea resulting in a cone-shaped bulge that distorts vision.  Symptoms include visual blurring and distortion along with increased light sensitivity. It can progress to a degree that severely impacts a patient’s quality of life, limiting the ability to perform everyday tasks such as driving, reading, or watching TV. BostonSight® PROSE treatment has helped many keratoconus patients regain visual function and acuity and successfully return to the activities they enjoyed prior to their diagnosis. Although the exact cause of KC is unknown, it is thought that genetics, the environment, and the endocrine system all contribute to the development of KC.  [Read more…]

Sleep Is Necessary for Ocular Health

Black woman with closed eyesIt 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? Harvard University experts note that lack of sleep can increase the risk of chronic diseases, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease. In addition, engaging in potentially dangerous activities such as driving while sleep deprived can have grave consequences. Chronic lack of sleep can take a serious toll on the eyes as well.
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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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Finding Financial Assistance for Medications

medicinesLife-threatening and chronic illnesses present many complications, including unexpected financial burdens. We’ve compiled a list of resources on our BFS website that may be helpful for dealing with financial difficulties resulting from health-care expenses.  [Read more…]

Computer Time Means Special Eye Care

computerWhether you are a casual computer user, sit in front of a screen all day long, or fall somewhere in between, computer eye strain may be all too familiar to you. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) found that 75% of computer users surveyed reported occasional aching or burning eyes at work, while another 39% reported blurred vision. If you already experience dry eye or vision-health problems, computer usage can exacerbate those symptoms. [Read more…]

Tips for Traveling Safely with PROSE

happy thanksgivingThanksgiving finds many folks traveling to spend the holiday with loved ones. However, for those with visual impairments, travel can present a number of challenges. Advance planning and preparation can go a long way in smoothing some of those difficulties to ensure a safe trip and an enjoyable vacation. BostonSight® PROSE users also have some unique needs that require extra consideration prior to traveling. [Read more…]

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…]