Prevent Blindness offers dry eye resources for patients

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Prevent Blindness is offering educational resources and will partner with OCuSOFT Inc. in support of Dry Eye Awareness Month in July.

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July is Dry Eye Awareness Month, and Prevent Blindness is helping ophthalmologists educate patients and healthcare professionals on the disease that affects nearly 16 million Americans, according to the National Eye Institute.1

Prevent Blindness offers a variety of free resources, including fact sheets and shareable social media graphics, available in both English and Spanish.

“Dry eye can be caused by a variety of factors and if left untreated may cause damage to the cornea,” Jeff Todd, president and CEO of Prevent Blindness, said in a news release. “Visit an eye care professional to find out if you have dry eye, and if so, work together as a team to create an effective treatment plan to minimize the effects.”

For the fourth consecutive year, OCuSOFT Inc., a privately held eye and skin care company dedicated to innovation in eyelid hygiene and ocular health, is partnering with Prevent Blindness in support of Dry Eye Awareness Month.2

Types of dry eye include evaporative dry eye, which occurs when there is an inadequate amount of oil in tears, and “meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD),” a condition where the eyelid glands do not produce enough oil or it is of poor quality. MGD is the most common cause of evaporative dry eye.

Symptoms of dry eye can include:2

  • Fluctuating blurry vision
  • Burning or stinging
  • Particles in the eye
  • Itchiness
  • Redness and swelling
  • Gritty, sandy feeling
  • Stringy mucus
  • Increased sensitivity to light
  • Extreme sensitivity, especially to cigarette smoke

Once a patient has been diagnosed with dry eye disease, an eyecare professional may recommend the use of eye drops. Prevent Blindness has created materials on the proper way to take eye drops, including a printable sheet an informational video titled “How to Use Eye Drops” with Yara Catoira-Boyle,MD, of Visionary Eye Specialists.

Prevent Blindness also has developed a dedicated webpage on the proper way to use eye drops.3

Prevent Blindness also offers 2 Focus on Eye Health Expert Series episodes including “Dry Eye and Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD)” with April Jasper, OD, FAAO, Advanced Eyecare Specialists,4 and “Dry Eye” with Stephanie Jones Marioneaux, MD.5

References:
  1. National Eye Institute. Dry Eye | National Eye Institute. Nih.gov. Published 2019. https://www.nei.nih.gov/learn-about-eye-health/eye-conditions-and-diseases/dry-eye
  2. Prevent Blindness Joins in July’s Dry Eye Awareness Month, Providing Educational Resources on Eye Disease that Affects Millions - Prevent Blindness. Published June 27, 2024. Accessed June 27, 2024. https://preventblindness.org/2024-dry-eye-awareness-month/
  3. ‌Taking Eye Drop Medications - Prevent Blindness. Published 2011. https://preventblindness.org/taking-eye-drop-medications/
  4. ‌Prevent Blindness. Dry Eye Disease and Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD): What You Need to Know. YouTube. Published June 26, 2023. Accessed June 27, 2024. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fB__-wwkrjo
  5. ‌Prevent Blindness. Dry Eye. YouTube. Published August 13, 2021. Accessed June 27, 2024. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ZlN8H_z7bI&list=PLuXDO8Wh5lipzoODoWCFgy4WddoQqUn8g&index=34
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