Ah, spring! After a long cold winter, warm weather can’t get here quick enough. Yet, for some people, the spring season is as dreadful as a trip to the dentist. The reason: allergies. Seasonal allergies can cause a host of eye issues, and the symptoms are very similar to occasional dry eye. So, how can you be sure if the itchy, gritty, tired eyes are the symptoms of seasonal allergies or occasional dry eye?
Last year, the Dry Eye Assessment and Management study, referred to as the DREAM study, was released. Many of the headlines said that Omega-3s do not benefit occasional dry eye. While this caused some eye care professionals to question the power of fish oil, others pushed back. Jane Cole, the contributing editor for Review of Optometry, shared a piece where several experts expressed their thoughts about the controversial findings.
Mile Brujic, OD, FAAO, is passionate about his patients enjoying their contact lens experience. He thinks that all too many stop wearing their lenses simply because of discomfort. Ocular surface health is a major contributor to contact lens comfort. In an article written for Optometry Times, Dr. Brujic expressed his desire for eye care professionals to know how the ocular surface affects comfort. Continue reading Improving Contact Lens Comfort with Nutrition
As an eye care professional, you may have heard more patients saying, “My eyes feel dry after I look at a screen for too long.” What do you say to these patients? Continue reading Dryness from Digital Screens: What Can You Do?
March is National Nutrition Month, and this can mean different things for different people. For some, it means eating better to improve their overall health. It means getting more or less of a specific ingredient for others. When it comes to people with occasional dry eye, it means getting the right group of nutrients that can relieve their daily struggles and symptoms. As a sports-registered dietitian, Chrissy Barth knows the importance of nutrition, and she learned how effective a high-quality nutritional supplement can be for her occasional dry eye. Continue reading National Nutrition Month & Occasional Dry Eye
It’s no question that Omega-3s have many health benefits. They’re good for heart, joint, and muscle health, but a recent study has put their benefits for eye health into question. Published on April 13 in the New England Journal of Medicine, the N-3 Fatty Acid Supplementation for the Treatment of Dry Eye Disease study states that participants taking Omega-3s did NOT have significantly better outcomes than the placebo. While this is true, this negative conclusion is an overstatement. Continue reading DREAM Study May Be Misleading
Dry eye is one of the most common reasons for patient visits to eye care professionals, and it affects nearly 30 million Americans. The Tear Film and Ocular Surface Society (TFOS) devised the Dry Eye Workshop (DEWS) in 2007 to help standardize the treatment, and a decade later, the research continued with DEWS II. Continue reading DEWS II Calls for Nutritional Intervention
According to the CDC, 30+ million people in the US wear contact lenses. They’ve become such a popular choice, glasses are almost a burden. But what happens when these lenses cause discomfort, and patients must resort to wearing their specs? Mile Brujic, OD, FAAO, believes that these types of patients present an opportunity for optometrists, and merely changing the lens material or solution may not be enough. Continue reading The Missing Link in Contact Lens Comfort
When running a practice, there are a lot of moving parts to consider. Beyond the doctors, staff, and patients, there are multiple product offers to think about throughout the daily grind. New additions can help progress the practice, but they must be chosen carefully as to not disrupt the current flow. Natural eye care has become a popular addition to many optometric practices, as it joins in the recent societal trend of health and wellness. Jasmine Nguyen, OD, found out how quickly this kind of addition can make an impact on routine practice. Continue reading Offering Occasional Dry Eye Relief Can Innovate Your Practice
June is Fireworks Eye Safety Month, and with 4th of July just a few days away, stressing safety to patients is imperative. Fireworks have been linked to more than 9,000 injuries a year, so reminding them that fireworks are not toys can help prevent serious eye injuries. But even with caution advised, it is even more important to keep an eye on your patients’ changing eye health. Continue reading How Supplementation Can Help Patients Enjoy Summer