Myths are typically a thing of fantasy, and you wouldn’t expect them to have a place in eye health. Unfortunately, there are several “myths” that many people believe that are simply not true. Here are a few of those beliefs held by people who experience occasional dry eye that we are happy to dispel.
Occasional dry eye affects millions of Americans. It’s estimated that just under 5 million people suffer from occasional dry eye, but many more may be suffering in silence. A 2013study found that 6 million people were had symptoms of occasional dry eye but didn’t realize it. If you or someone you know suffers from occasional dry eye, here are a few things to keep in mind. Continue reading Occasional Dry Eye Facts and Solutions
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