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Dry Eye Updates from #OM2017 in Washington DC

Optimal dry eye treatments should quell inflammation, which has been a major target of both Restasis and Xiidra

This past weekend, Optometry’s Meeting (OM2017) took place in Washington DC where several political aspects of eye health took center stage. One such instance was when 2300 students marched up Capitol Hill in an effort to urge congress to support the DOC Access Act (HR 1606). Events like this don’t happen often in our field, but advocacy is definitely important. And sometimes students are the best advocates, which is a good thing for me because they can yell louder than I can. But they also have the type of energy that persuades more experienced individuals to do right by them, […]

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Xiidra (Lifitegrast) Approved for Dry Eye Relief

Xiidra (Lifitegrast) is the first eye drop to be developed for chronic dry eye in well over a decade

Earlier this week, the FDA approved Xiidra (Lifitegrast), a new treatment for dry eye. According to its press release, “Xiidra is the first medication in a new class of drugs, called lymphocyte function-associated antigen 1 (LFA-1) antagonist, approved by the FDA for dry eye disease.” This is big news to me because Xiidra is the first eye drop to be developed for chronic dry eye in well over a decade. As of right now, Restasis (released by Allergan in 2003) is the only dry eye medication (in eye drop form) on the market. The approval of Xiidra paves the way […]

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Eye Allergy Solutions – Seven Ways to Stop the Itch

If you suffer from seasonal allergies, there's no reason why you shouldn't be able to enjoy springtime like everyone else

Spring is officially here on the east coast. It’s time for warm weather, and flowers, and baseball (Go Yankees!!). If you’re anything like me, you’ve been staring out your window for the last five months waiting for springtime to arrive (just kidding… not really). But with all of the hoopla surrounding this popular season, there happens to be a bit of a downside. Pollen fills the air when the flowers start to bloom, which can turn the excitement into misery for those who suffer from allergies. A Brief Explanation of Allergic Reactions: According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, […]

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Dealing with Irritation and/or Redness of the Eyes

An irritated eyes situation can be painful and/or inconvenient to say the least, but treatment is quite simple in most cases

It’s safe to assume that most of us have woken up to a mysterious “redness” of the eyes at one point or another. Either we felt it coming on before we went to bed the previous night, or we noticed it first thing in the morning. Redness and/or irritation can be painful and inconvenient to say the least, but treatment is quite simple in most cases. However, some symptoms are more intense than others and should be treated accordingly. Conjunctivitis (also known as “pink eye”) means inflammation or swelling of the conjunctiva, which is the outer most layer of the […]