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
As spring begins, there are a few changes we will start to notice. The temperatures are warming up; the trees and bushes are budding; and the flowers are blooming. Unfortunately, foliage is not the only thing that sprouts every spring. For some, spring time means the onset of allergies, and with them, dry, itchy, burning, watery and/or irritated eyes. These eye health burdens are symptoms of occasional dry eye. Continue reading Allergies or Occasional Dry Eye? Maybe It’s Both.
For years, Chrissy Barth found herself waking up in the middle of the night due to her occasional dry eyes. Her debilitating condition led to multiple cornea abrasions and caused a great deal of discomfort.
“I was losing sleep because of it,” she wrote. “It started back in October of 2013.”
Chrissy serves as the Arizona Cardinals dietitian for the National Football League (NFL). In addition to her duties with the Cardinals, she works with an array of athletes from around the Phoenix-metro area and does consultation work for the Center for Athletic Performance in Scottsdale, Arizona. Her jobs keep her on the move, with little time to think about constantly having to address her occasional dry eyes.
Dry, itchy and irritated eyes can make or break your day. According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health, occasional dry eye is an actual diagnosed syndrome called Occasional Dry Eye Syndrome (DES). As many as 40% of Americans suffer daily from DES. Occasional Dry Eye Syndrome is described as a “multifactorial disease,” affecting tears and the ocular surface.”
Occasional dry eye is a complicated topic, but this infographic makes it clear by keeping it simple.