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Managing Dry Eye Disease – Treatment Options (Update)

As 2017 nears it's end, I'm confident that help is on the way for the vast majority of dry eye sufferers

The last year has been an exciting one in terms of dry eye disease. The new medication Xiidra made its debut and DEWS2 officially updated the dry eye definition. If that’s not enough, Shire (the parent company of Xiidra) started a public health campaign called MyEyeLove, which increased the overall awareness of dry eye. This marked the beginning of celebrity endorsements in the eye care industry, which has definitely been a game changer. I say this because many new (and existing) patients have been asking me: “Do I have what Jennifer Aniston has?” Personally, I didn’t realize the impact would […]

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Increased Hydration Linked to Dry Eye Improvements

Because of our not-so-great beverage choices, most of us are dehydrated, and we don’t even know it

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For those out there struggling with dry eye, a rather recent study suggests that dry eye symptoms can be improved with increased hydration. Per this particular study, the subjects were divided into two groups, then instructed to hydrate their bodies either habitually or therapeutically. Over the course of the one week study, the group that hydrated therapeutically saw slight improvements in their Dry Eye Questionnaire (DEQ) test results. As a result, the study concluded that “subjects get multiple ocular benefits from increased hydration,” even though their dry eye symptoms didn’t improve much. From the wording of the article, it seems […]

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Possible Causes for the Recent Surge in Dry Eye Cases

Dry eye disease is quite common in older patients, but the number of young sufferers is clearly on the rise

According to the American Optometric Association, “Dry eye is a condition in which a person doesn’t have enough quality tears to lubricate and nourish the eye.” This one sentence sums up dry eye in a nutshell, but finding adequate treatments can be much more difficult. Symptoms of dry eye disease include: Burning or stinging of the eyes Redness of the eyes or eyelids Itching Light sensitivity Eye fatigue Contact lens irritation Here in the world of health and eye care, we’re currently experiencing a dry eye surge. The condition has always been quite common in older patients, but the number […]

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Introduction to Dry Eye – A Beginner’s Guide

It’s important to remember that every dry eye case is unique

Dry Eye Disease can burn you out in more ways than one. According to the Dry Eye Workshop, Dry Eye Disease (DED) is defined as “a multifactorial disease of the tears and ocular surface that results in symptoms of discomfort, visual disturbance, and tear film instability with potential damage to the ocular surface.” The two main types of dry eye are aqueous deficient and lipid deficient. Aqueous deficient is when the eyes aren’t making enough tears. Lipid deficient is when the tears evaporate too quickly. In my profession, I see several patients who suffer from either one, or a combination […]

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Correct Contact Lens Care for Optimum Eye Health

A very large percentage of contact lens wearers do not properly follow contact lens care instructions

I’m not biased or anything, but I think it’s safe to say that contact lenses are a pretty amazing modern invention (maybe just a little biased). We can’t be absolutely sure when the very first contact lens was invented, but we do know major advancements have been taking place since the 1970’s (soft lenses, disposable lenses, material upgrades, etc.). In the last 30 years, a vast majority of the visually impaired shifted out of glasses and into contacts lenses. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) “Contact lenses are used by more than 30 million people in the United […]

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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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Anterior Uveitis – Red and/or Light Sensitive Eye(s)

Anterior uveitis needs to be monitored on a regular basis, but with proper treatment, it can be put into remission

I often like to think of our eyes as windows to the soul. But more appropriately, the eyes are more like a window into systemic health. I’ve talked in the past about diabetes, hypertension, and high cholesterol, and how those diseases affect the eyes. Many times, younger patients diagnosed with these particular diseases get tipped off during a routine eye exam. When the eye(s) starts to get red, a whole host of issues can be assumed. However, a patient really won’t know what’s going on until he/she consults his/her eye doctor. Most patients assume abnormal redness is irritation or “pink […]

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Establishing a Healthy Indoor Environment for CPU Time

As the weather cools off, more time gets spent indoors, but blue light never takes a break

The fall season can take you by surprise in New York. Sure, the temperature drops slightly and the sun takes longer to rise. But you have to dig deeper for the more traditional signs. As far as I know, there aren’t many pumpkin patches or apple fields within a close range. There’s no (major) college football team to root for. And the leaves don’t change color because there aren’t that many trees. Despite the apparent lack of nostalgia, there’s one sure sign of seasonal change in Manhattan. You know it’s fall in Midtown when Bryant Park transforms into a construction […]

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Healthy Travel Tips – Flexibility is the Biggest Key to Success

If you keep the following advice handy, an eye problem should be the last thing on your itinerary

Need to get away? We all do. Sometimes. Like many people, I love to travel. But my travel needs may be slightly different. This could be a result of living in an extremely stimulating environment . Things move fast in New York. It’s a place where your senses fire on all cylinders, all the time. It’s almost like a rush. When I’m here, I never want to leave. When I leave, I don’t want to be gone for too long (3 or 4 days tops). I don’t know, maybe I’ve become fascinated. Or dependent. It all varies by perspective. I […]

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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 […]