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The cost of this growing condition to patients and practices

While it was once perceived as a minor irritation, today dry eye disease (DED) is considered a “critical and significant public health issue” in the U.S., according to the Ophthalmology Times. An estimated 16 million Americans have been diagnosed with DED, but the actual number of people affected is much higher. Some studies show that nearly half of all U.S. adults experience dry eye signs and symptoms, which include watery, itchy, or burning eyes, sensitivity to light, and blurred vision—significantly impacting their quality of life. Read More

Awareness and education are key to supporting caregivers, who play a major role in health care

There is one aspect of health care that greatly impacts patient care, yet is often overlooked: caregiver engagement. There are more than 40 million unpaid caregivers of adults ages 65 and older in the U.S., according to Pew Research. Of that group, nine in 10 are family members providing care for an aging relative, often a parent. Read More

How to educate and treat today’s over-40 population

 Presbyopi-huh? Nearly all optometrists who responded to a recent poll—92 percent—agreed that most patients have no idea what the word “presbyopia” means. The poll of 143 ODs, conducted by Optometry Times and eye care company Alcon, was part of Alcon’s Project Presbyopia, a campaign to educate patients on the signs and symptoms of presbyopia and encourage them to see an OD to explore solutions including multifocal contact lenses.Read More

Interactive tools can increase patient satisfaction and streamline your practice

Patients are more proactive than ever about researching their treatment options and partnering with their doctors to receive the best care possible. The concept of shared decision making (SDM) in health care has been around for a long time, and so has the practice of using patient decision aids (PDAs) such as educational literature, videos, and interactive tools. Yet it’s only fairly recently that their benefits have been studied. “More than 100 published, randomized trials using PDAs have shown many benefits,” according to the Health Affairs blog. Read More

Updated guideline offers recommendations for patient education, pain meds, and more

Tonsillectomy is one of the most common surgical procedures in the U.S. The most recent data show that 289,000 ambulatory procedures are performed annually in children age 15 and younger. The American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery Foundation (AAO-HNS) has released a 2019 guideline update on Tonsillectomy in Children. Read More

Bring patients to your practice with proactive patient education about allergy testing and new treatments

It’s almost upon us—that time of year when more than 50 million Americans suffer through their days with tissues and Benadryl at the ready: spring allergy season. Allergies are the sixth leading cause of chronic illness in the U.S. with an annual cost in excess of $18 billion, according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.Read More