Diabetes causes blindness. We have heard or seen this many times. It seems like everyone (doctors, nurses, pharmacists and patients) knows that diabetes causes blindness. Then why is it that there are so many diabetics still going blind? Knowing and not doing anything to prevent blindness is akin to not knowing at all. Pharmacists need to play their role in preventing their diabetic patients from going blind.
Pharmacists encounter pink eye or conjunctivitis frequently at their workplace. Among the various causes, bacterial conjunctivitis is the commonest cause of this condition. Read on to find out about tips to manage bacterial conjunctivitis and how pharmaceutical manufacturing process influences the quality and efficacy of some of the products used.
Age-related macular degeneration (ARMD) is the most common cause of irreversible loss of central vision in people beyond the age of 50 in the developed world. [BMJ 2003;326(7387):485-8] Asian studies show that its prevalence in Asians is largely similar. [Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci 2007;48:1007-11, Ophthalmology 2010;117(5):921-7]
Repeated use of disposable eyelid-warming steamers containing menthol for dry eye may induce improvements in tear film parameters without the need for administration of eyedrops or medication, according to a study. This suggests that the intervention provides an attractive, novel treatment strategy for patients with dry eye disease (DED).