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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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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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Avoiding Eyelid Infections (Styes) by Reducing Blepharitis

Patients who consistently suffer from eyelid infections are relieved to find out that pain can be minimized

Outside of the eye care world, the term blepharitis doesn’t get much use. Let’s face it, it’s a long/funny word. And you’ve probably never even heard of it. However, you should be aware of blepharitis (inflammation of eyelid margins) because untreated it can lead to a hordeolum (fancy name for stye). If you’ve experienced a stye firsthand, chances are your experience wasn’t pleasant. If you’ve never had a stye before, consider yourself lucky. The onset of a stye can be unexpected, annoying, and painful, all at the same time. According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), a stye (infected oil […]

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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 […]