This week in KeratoScoop: Heading to ARVO, then ASCRS. Consider supporting dry eye educational work by contributing to Rebecca's travel fund. Survey on preservative awareness - results so far. Updated BAK reference list. Miscellaneous product highlights and backorder updates.

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April 27, 2019   Newsletter  -    Volume 11 - Issue 9

In this issue

Dry eye

  • Heading to ARVO and ASCRS conferences... expect a ton of blogging over the next week, and contribute if you can!
  • New survey about preservative awareness
  • Updated BAK reference list
  • Tranquileyes combo kits highlight
  • Savvy lid care shopping

Sclerals

  • PROSE case backorder update
  • Purilens Minis special! 3 for the price of 1
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Spring conference season is here!

ARVO GoFundMe

Heading to Vancouver for ARVO!

I'm leaving in a couple of hours for ARVO... and salivating over this opportunity!

I LOVE ARVO, and I haven't been in years, so I just can't wait! Incidentally it stands for Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology. Obviously, it is not specific to dry eye or cornea. It's a much broader ophthalmology conference, but it's also focused and cutting edge. ARVO is a terrific place to catch up on the very latest and greatest eye research in general and the dry eye world specifically, and to connect with some of the greatest dry eye researchers. There's also a TFOS DEWS II reunion dinner on Monday night that I'm looking forward to!

More about ARVO on my GFM page. When I go to a conference like this, I end up pretty much writing nonstop for three days. I tend to gnash my teeth a bit in anticipation, knowing that there are so many concurrent courses that I'll miss, but once I get there I'm way too busy and happy to even think about that. Classes, poster sessions, reconnecting with old friends, learning, getting the news, and writing, writing, writing. 

Look for the results on my DryEyeZone blog, Facebook and Twitter pages over the coming days.

Then on to ASCRS in San Diego!

ASCRS will be a totally different ballgame. I'm going to that one entirely for the exhibit hall, because pretty much any company that's into dry eye will be there and, deo volente I'll be talking to every last one of them on behalf of the Foundation. 

ASCRS is the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery... and as such, it may not quite sound like my cup of tea. But it's where the cornea world congregates, because the cornea world does refractive surgery. As a result, it's also where the entire commercial dry eye world congregates, dry eye being a cornea thing (and "incidentally" also caused by cataract and refractive surgeries). So I expect to have a lot of fun digging into details of everything coming down the pipeline for dry eye and corneal health more broadly. There are also some attractive courses I'm looking forward to there on dry eye, though I don't have much stomach for the refractive ones these days.

Want to help?

Rebecca's GoFundMe travel fund

Lots more details at that link, by the way!

Those $25 donations (or $5, or whatever!) to the travel fund really do make all the difference to my being able to attend events like ARVO. Money is so tight. And the encouraging notes that come with the GFM donations mean even more. The first time I used GoFundMe for this type of thing was for the GSLS conference in January, and that was a big part of how it became one of the best experiences I've ever had at a medical conference. I mean, I love attending these things and learning and writing and all that, under any circumstances. But... knowing there are people out there who understand what I'm doing, and why, and that it makes a difference to them... makes everything about it so much more joyous for me. So thank you all :) Including my Patreon supporters... much, much appreciated!

Preservative awareness survey

​Many of you got this in an email a few days ago. The participation rate has been GREAT! I'm putting it in the newsletter as well because there are many people who get only the newsletter. 

Survey

Highlights of results so far

Check out my highlights of the first 342 participants' answers! Very interesting already, especially the comments section. This subject is clearly resonating with the dry eye world and the spectrum of how much people know, or don't, is pretty wide - considering participants have mostly moderate to severe dry eye and are actively educating themselves.

Let the conversations flow! TALK TO YOUR EYE DOCTOR about preservatives. 

BAK reference list

Updated list of common eye drops (both OTC and Rx) that contain BAK, and in which concentration.

Updated BAK reference list
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Night dry eye protection

Did you know...

Tranquileyes combo kits are a really nice luxurious multipurpose product:

  • Night protection for moderate to severe dry eye
  • Warm moist compresses for bleph & MGD
  • Cool moist compresses for tired, bloodshoot, painful or puffy eyes.

XL size is especially luxurious for the compresses. And these kits make great gifts!

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Tranquileyes with Beads & Instants

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Tranquileyes XL with Instants

$59.50

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Tranquileyes XL with Beads & Instants

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PROSE & Scleral lens supplies

PROSE disinfection case backorder update

Good news and bad news... PROSE cases are continuing to be manufactured, for now, which is good! We don't have a firm availability date for the next batch yet, which isn't! We are guestimating mid May, for now.

We have a number of active backorders from before we realized that it again might take awhile (if you're one of them, you can cancel anytime). We aren't accepting any more backorders until we've got a firm date. So sorry! But you can sign up to be notified when they're available. 

Purilens Minis: Buy 1 get 2 free!

We hate having anything with less than 1 year shelf life, so we'll be running deals till we use it all up. Get it while you can! Great time to stock up for summer travel. Don't forget to add all 3 boxes to your cart though!

Discount code = PurilensMini

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PuriLens Plus Minis (Travel size)

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Eyelid care

Are your lids needing some love?

Sometimes it's the disease itself... blepharitis, meibomian gland dysfunction, etc takes a big toll on the lids and your doctor may recommend a particular type of lid hygiene product.

And sometimes it's skin irritation from all the things you have to do for your dry eyes. Residue from drops? Manhandling your lids a lot during the scleral lens learning curve? Red and puffy from overdoing the heat on your warm compresses or taking the concept of "lid scrubs" a little too literally? Or a conventional lid wipe drying out your lids?

Then there's the havoc cosmetics can wreak on your lids and eyes. So many of them have harmful ingredients that we're really just beginning to learn about.

Whatever the case, if you're looking for gentler lid cleansing options, let us help!

Ingredient reference guide 

Our handy guide groups products by type (basic, hypochlorous acid, tea tree oil, etc) and complete ingredient lists. It's illluminating learning what's in your wipes!

Retail therapy

Several popular products below, but visit the lid cleansing section of our shop to see more.

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Gentle Formula 1% Tea Tree Eyelid & Facial Cleanser by Eye Eco

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Tea Tree Eyelid Cleansing Oil for MEN

$24.00

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Tea Tree Eyelid Foaming Cleanser for MEN

$20.00

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Manuka Honey Eyelid Cleanser

$32.00

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Oasis LID & LASH + Tea Tree Oil Eyelid & Lash Cleansing Pads (60 Pre-soaked Pads)

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Hypochlorous Eyelid Cleansing Spray

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Ocusoft Lid Scrub Plus Platinum Foam 50mL

$24.00

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Drops, gels and ointments

What's in my drops?

We encourage savvy shopping and sticking with preservative-free. Use our ingredient guide to educate yourself, and reach out with questions! Meantime, we sell only preservative-free eye drops. It's not that all preservatives harm every user all the time, but we want to raise awareness about the fact that preservatives are toxic, because so many consumers, yes even including well educated dry eye patients, are not aware of the role preservatives can play in dry eye. 

Drops & goop backorders

Freshkote's backordered at the manufacturer but we hope it won't be long. 

Refresh PM of course is still out on its 2 year hiatus. Other ointments have *mostly* made it back into stores but I think it'll be awhile before Genteal and Systane are fully stocked around the country (ointments and gels). We'll eventually stock the ointments again, but we will not be stocking the gels, because of the preservative. 

We've had trouble getting Systane Ultra for some time now... hopefully it won't be much longer.

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Bion Tears (28 PF vials)

$20.95

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Genteal Tears (36 PF Vials)

$14.95

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Refresh Celluvisc (30 PF vials)

$15.42

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Refresh Optive MEGA-3 (30 PF vials)

$20.75

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Refresh Plus (30 PF vials)

$14.25

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Refresh Optive (30 PF vials)

$12.95

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Did you know?

There are still some companies selling artificial tears (lubricant eye drops) preserved with benzalkonium chloride (BAK), which is well known to cause or exacerbate dry eye. If you're purchasing over-the-counter tears that come in a bottle, make sure to check the inactive ingredients list before you purchase.

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Last note

Heading to the ferry... no more time to write, but I'll be blogging nonstop from Vancouver. 

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Rebecca

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