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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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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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…]

Research Findings Clarify Benefits of Supplement Use for Eye Health

Person's hand holding an assortment of tablets and capsulesWe all strive to be as healthy as possible. For those of us with an eye health condition, managing symptoms and maintaining eye health are an important focus of our nutritional efforts and lifestyle choices. Many of our patients here at BostonSight use complementary nutritional therapies to supplement BostonSight® PROSE treatment.

Dietary supplements are typically one component of a nutritional regime to support eye health and help prevent future problems. Do these supplements really stack up to all of their claims? New results from a long-term, nationwide study indicate the benefits of supplements for reducing the prevalence of age-related blinding eye diseases.

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Swimming and Eye Safety this Summer

Family Under Water in Swimming PoolFor many children, and adults, summertime means swim time. Whether it’s a visit to the beach or a dip in the local pool, swimming can be a fun, inexpensive way to stay healthy and cool this summer.   [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…]

Patient Airlift Services Changes Lives by Facilitating Access to Medical Care

The financial consequences of serious illness can be devastating for patients and their families. In addition to the costs for health-care appointments, medications, and supplies, patients sometimes require long-distance transportation in order to obtain specialized medical care.
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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…]

Coping with the Anxiety and Depression That Can Accompany Serious Health Challenges

stress level conceptual meter indicating maximumDaily stresses are a normal part of everyone’s life. Add in a chronic or serious health problem to the mix and it can tip the balance to a level of stress and anxiety that feels almost unmanageable.

Eye problems can add to these negative feelings as they can cause changes in personal appearance, present difficulty with doing tasks previously performed with ease (e.g., reading, driving), prevent participation in leisure activities, create an unexpected financial burden, and also produce pain and discomfort. All of these factors can contribute greatly to anxiety and depression. How does one cope in the face of such obstacles?  [Read more…]