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Sufferers have increased and adherence has dropped during the pandemic; why patient education is key

A year ago, the Ophthalmology Times reported on the prevalence of dry eye disease (DED), calling it a “critical and significant public health issue” in the U.S. While a 2017 study estimated that 16 million Americans have been diagnosed with DED, the actual number of people suffering from dry eye is likely much higher—with some reports indicating that nearly half of all U.S. adults experience dry eye signs and symptoms.Read More

Telehealth is here to stay, but it doesn’t have to be all or nothing

COVID-19 may have permanently changed the way we practice health care. A new study shows telehealth visits in the U.S. increased 4,347 percent in March 2020 compared to the same month last year, per private insurance claims. And according to Medical Economics, “Though it may be tempting to brush off telemedicine as a stopgap measure during this unprecedented health care emergency, new research shows that virtual care will outlast the pandemic itself.”Read More

From myopia to contact lens care, engage patients in ongoing care even during COVID-19

In our last post, Dr. Paul Karpecki discussed the growing prevalence of myopia among young people. The number of school-aged children affected was already growing at an alarming rate before COVID-19. Myopia also currently affects nearly half of all young adults in the U.S. and Europe. Read More

No longer only for rural areas, remote visits are keeping doctors and patients connected during COVID-19

A couple of weeks ago, we may not have been able to imagine kindergartners attending virtual classes online, or hospital workers depending on facemasks hand-sewn by volunteers. But here we are: the “new normal” due to the ongoing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to unfold at hyper speed. Read More

Easy ways to share clear, trusted health content remotely

As Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) continues to spread across multiple continents and throughout the U.S., most medical practices are feeling the impact of this global pandemic. On March 18, 2020, the American Academy of Ophthalmology released recommendations regarding urgent and nonurgent patient care, which advised that all ophthalmologists cease providing any treatment other than urgent or emergent care immediately.Read More