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…]

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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Development of Corneal Cell Line Opens Doors for New Research

The human corneal endothelium is the inner layer of cells that make up the corneal surface. This cellular layer is tightly sealed, selectively pumping fluid out of the cornea. These corneal cells may be damaged by disease, surgical complications, or aging, which can result in visual loss or blindness. [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…]

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…]

New Online Patient Resources from the National Keratoconus Foundation

Each year, the National Keratoconus Foundation (NKCF) presents patient education symposiums for people with keratoconus and their families. These seminars provide valuable information on the disease process, treatment protocols, and current research. [Read more…]

Rare Disease Support Resources and Rare Disease Day 2013

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…]

New Keratoconus Information Now Available Online

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…]

Keratoconus Patient-Education Seminar in Florida

The National Keratoconus Foundation (NKCF) will be presenting a keratoconus education seminar in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on May 5 for keratoconus patients and their family members. [Read more…]

NKCF Presents Educational Seminar in New Jersey

The National Keratoconus Foundation (NKCF) and The Cornea and Laser Eye Institute are pleased to present a patient education seminar for keratoconus (KC) patients and their families and caregivers on December 3 in Teaneck, New Jersey. You will be able to increase your understanding about keratoconus and learn about the latest treatment options from scientists and clinicians who specialize in this field. There will also be ample opportunities to meet others whose lives have been affected by KC. [Read more…]