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How environmental changes such as UV radiation and air pollution are impacting our eyes

For all the discussion and debate about climate change, one aspect should concern all of us: its impact on eye health. The link between our eyes and the environment is clear to anyone who suffers from or treats ocular allergies. Environmental factors play a role in dry eye disease, as well.Read More

Patient education plays a critical role in easing tough medical situations

One of the hardest parts of a doctor’s job is telling patients something they do not want to hear. That could mean informing patients that you will not prescribe the opioids they have requested, or that the reason they are not getting better is because they are not complying with treatment recommendations, or that they are facing permanent vision loss. Delivering bad news is never easy. But there are some things you can do to help make difficult conversations with patients go more smoothly.Read More

Patient education, engagement, and convenience are critical pieces of the health care puzzle for this population

Reducing the burdens of chronic disease is one of the biggest challenges facing the health care industry today. More than half of Americans are currently living with at least one chronic disease—such as diabetes, heart disease, or asthma—while nearly a third of patients are managing two or more of these conditions, according to a report by the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD). Chronic diseases are the number one cause of death and disability in America, and take a huge toll on the quality of life of patients and their family members.Read More

Is your patient education making you look bad? New study reveals impact on patient perception

Substantial research has been done to evaluate what types and methods of patient education are most easily understood by health care consumers. While comprehension is certainly important, it’s not the only measure of educational materials’ impact. Ultimately, patient education has the power to affect health outcomes and patient experience—and even whether patients will refer friends and family to their doctor.Read More

More women than men have eye disease, including age-related macular degeneration, cataracts, and glaucoma. These numbers will only continue to increase, according to a study by the organization Prevent Blindness. As eye doctors know, prevention and early detection are crucial to lessening the effects of these diseases that can steal patients’ vision.Read More

The interest in mobile health (mHealth) shows no signs of waning. That goes for both patients and doctors. A 2016 survey found that patients want more digital health tools from their doctors: 59 percent of all health-insured patients surveyed, and 70 percent of millennials, said they would choose a primary care doctor who offers a mobile app (allowing patients to make appointments, see bills, view health data, etc.) over one that does not.Read More