Is there a study that links digital device use to meibomian gland atrophy?

There is. A new study was presented at the American Academy of Optometry discussing the correlation.

Tell me about the study.

The study evaluated 64 patients, 26 of whom used digital devices for more than 2 hours a day. The remaining 38 patients were controls who were Old Order Amish and had little to no exposure to digital devices. The average age was 53.

What did they find?

Patients who used digital devices for more than 2 hours a day showed meibomian gland atrophy compared with those in the control group. These patients were also more symptomatic for dry eye disease. (via)

Are there any new startups in eye care?

Yes! Introducing Dr. Contact Lens, founded by two private practice ODs who wanted to solve the problem of losing contact lens sales to online vendors. Their HIPAA-compliant website allows patients to order contact lenses seamlessly through their medical records. Patients can log in with all their certified data and order in one click. Check out their user-friendly website here.


What happens to my recycled contact lenses?

Super cool things. Over the past 3 years, Bausch + Lomb's ONE by ONE Recycling program has collected nearly 16 million used contact lenses, blister packs, and top foils. The company recently announced that it is donating training modules to the Guide Dog Foundation, a national not-for-profit that trains guide dogs for people who are blind or visually impaired. The training modules, including benches, tables, waste stations, and an agility ramp, were made from used contact lens materials and other recycled materials. (via)


You thought your office had strict rules ...

Japanese women are not allowed to wear glasses at work. (via)

Of course the eye explodes ...

Best sensationalized headline of the week: “Woman’s eye ‘bursts’ after spending too much time on phone, doctors say.”


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