This week in KeratoScoop: Journal roundup! Events. Product shortage updates. Lid hygiene coupon! Make sure and read Dry Eye 101 if you haven't already.

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Rebecca's Dry Eye & Scleral Lens Newsletter
February 5, 2019 - 
Volume 11 - Issue 2


In this issue:

Scleral lens topics

  • Journal Roundup
  • Registration open for Keratoconus meeting in Houston
  • Product shortage updates
  • Retail therapy
  • Sponsor a PROSE user?

Dry eye topics

  • Dry Eye 101... a must read!
  • Journal Roundup: Therapeutics; environment, work and electronics; and sleep quality (or sleep deprivation) and dry eye
  • Product shortage updates
  • Retail therapy
  • Toronto support group?
Dry Eye 101

Learn more about dry eye!

Maybe you're new to this struggle.

Or maybe you've been dealing with it for quite awhile, but need some fresh ideas.

Please take some time to read Dry Eye 101 to get a broader perspective on the wide range of things that fall under the "dry eye umbrella" and the types of solutions that can help. This article should help you formulate more questions to take to your doctor, or might help you determine whether it's time to seek more specialized help.

Eyes hurt too much? Listen to the audio version instead!

Journal Roundup

Catching up on studies in the past six weeks or so! I've highlighted some that were of particular interest, at least to me!

Scleral Lenses

A study about fogging, hurray! Another about biofilm and cleaning agents. Then, a really interesting case series of kids treated with PROSE. Click for details

Dry Eye

Phones & tablets versus computers and dry eye

More on environment, electronics and the office: Sick building syndrome; pollution; and computers, blink interval and tear break-up time.

Sleep, sleep, sleep! Couple of studies on the relationship between sleep quality and dry eye as well as sleep deprivation. The former also relates specifically to depression and anxiety.

Dry eye therapeutics: This is just my first round of getting caught up on studies as there's quite a lot that has come out recently but today's blog post covers recent studies on CEQUA, TrueTear and CyclASol.

Special! 10% off lid hygiene

10% off lid hygiene products, now through Sunday! As always... when you click on the link, the discount code will be added and you'll see it during the checkout process. There's LOTS to choose from! Discount code: LidHygiene

Do you know why good eyelicare is such a crucial part of dry eye care? Read Dry Eye 101, or speak with your eye doctor. The most common form of dry eye is not low tear production - it's evaporative dry eye, usually associated with eyelid disease.

Upcoming events

March 23 (Houston) NKCF Family Symposium for Keratoconus patients in Houston. I'll be at this one. I really enjoyed last year's events at Irvine and UNC. Registration now open. Take advantage of the early bird discount!

April 5-6 (Boston) - SSF National Patient Conference: "Conquering the Complexities of Sjogrens" Click here for brochure and registration form.

Know of an event that should be listed here? Please send details!

Toronto support group?

I've been asked about the possibility of forming a local support group in the Toronto area. If you're interested, please get in touch!

Sponsor some saline for a PROSE user?

We have a regular to whom we provide monthly saline at no cost due to financial need, but her usage needs have increased substantially and I thought I'd reach out to see if anyone is interested in contributing to her costs. If you're interested, just reply to this email. It could be done by purchasing a gift card, or sending a check, or whatever. Thanks for considering! We are looking forward to the day when the Dry Eye Foundation has a fund dedicated to this, but in the meantime, we do what we can :)  This individual, by the way, used to be on the Alcon patient assistance program, which, sadly, went away with Unisol 4 and has left a gaping hole.

Product shortage updates

Scleral lens supplies:

  • PROSE cases: Waiting on firm date. Looking like mid February.
  • Unique pH lens cleaner (Menicon): No change - expected mid to late February
  • LacriPure saline (Menicon): No change - expected late April

Dry eye products:

  • Refresh PM ointment (Allergan): Current estimate is late summer.
  • Refresh MEGA 3 appears to be finally be back in stock at Allergan... we've had 'false positives' before, but hopefully this is correct.
  • Systane Ointment, Systane Gel, Genteal Ointment and Genteal Gel: I haven't had time for my weekly "call customer service, get told 'next week' and then find someone else to harass about it" routine yet. I'll update the tracker when I do. I was amused to see a senior operations manager attempt to join our patient-only Facebook support group after my last gentle reach-out. Is someone listening?

For more details, visit our Shortage Tracker.

Get connected

Facebook Scleral Lens Group
Facebook Dry Eye Group

Retail Therapy

a/k/a Help the dry eye shop keep doing what it does :) 

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Final notes

Between having a very sick child for several days now, and having to keep the shop closed yesterday due to snow and ice, I'm strapped for time this week. I'm about 30% of the way through the list of studies from January that I want to write up, so next issue should be pretty packed.

I just know this issue is packed with typos and maybe a bad link or two... forgive me, my eyes are a mess from too little sleep and way too many hours (like the last 96) in an overheated apartment. Better next time around :) Meantime, more Patreon pledges would be great :) 

Have a great rest of the week, everyone!


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