Part 2: The Business Impact of Offering Cliradex in Your Practice


In part two of her series, Patti Barkey, CEO, Bowden Eye & Associates, in Jacksonville, Fla., discusses how Cliradex has assisted in practice efficiency, clinical outcomes and how it has improved business and their bottom line.

Part 1: The Business Impact of Offering Cliradex in Your Practice


In part one of a two-part series, Patti Barkey, CEO, Bowden Eye & Associates, in Jacksonville, Fla., discusses why they decided to implement Cliradex in their practice, how it fits into their “Dry Eye Disease" toolbox, and how it is used.

Research to be Presented at ASCRS that Further Demonstrates Effectiveness of Cryopreserved Amniotic Membrane for Ocular Surface Healing


This week we issued a press release announcing the presentation of key research at this week’s American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) annual meeting, May 5-9. This research further demonstrates the clinical effectiveness of PROKERA, our biologic corneal bandage with cryopreserved amniotic membrane tissue.

Cosmetics and Demodex


In part two of her series, Sarah Darbandi, MD discusses the role of cosmetics in Demodex and the importance of daily ocular hygiene.

Q:             Is there a correlation between cosmetics and Demodex?

A:              Yes. Typically what I see under the microscope is layers of dead skin, collarettes, with mascara stuck to it and eye shadow particles entrapped in the sleeves of debris on the lashes. Since some ingredients in makeup are toxic for dry eye patients who are already very sensitive, this is just one more insult to their eyelids. They typically have red, irritated eyes, and with makeup they are adding waxes and parabens that block the glands and add more inflammation.

Cosmetics and Blepharitis – A Two Part Series


In part one of a two-part series, Sarah Darbandi, MD discusses the effects of cosmetics on the eyes, particularly for patients with dry eye and blepharitis.

Q:             How are cosmetics harmful to the eyes, particularly for patients with dry eye or blepharitis?

There are many things we apply around our eyes and on our eyelids, which is the thinnest skin on our body, including cleanser, moisturizer, under eye cream, concealer, eye shadow, mascara, eyeliners and more. Many of these products contain wax (synthetic, paraffin or beeswax) as well as potentially toxic chemicals such as carcinogens and parabens. Although parabens prevent the growth of bacteria in makeup, they can be absorbed through the skin and transmitted into the bloodstream. Parabens can also make dry eye worse as they prohibit the oil glands that line the eyelid from secreting enough oil.

Five Key Facts About Bio-Tissue


As we begin the new year, we wanted to share some key facts about Bio-Tissue. As one of five companies to be profiled as “One to Watch” in the year-end issue of Advanced Ocular Care, we continue our focus to provide groundbreaking regenerative solutions to eye care practitioners and patients around the world. Here are five key facts:

A Year of New Developments


Our company implemented many key initiatives this year in our continued effort to bring innovative regenerative solutions to eye care professionals around the world. As 2016 nears the end, following are just a few of these key efforts:

Restoring Corneal Health


Earlier this spring, a 56 year-old female presented at our office for an emergency visit. Her primary symptoms were serious pain, photophobia, and a foreign body sensation in her left eye - all of which had been happening for three days. She was a new patient and stated she had a history of numerous episodes of these same symptoms however, the severity this time, specifically in the left eye, exceeded that of any previous episodes. Additionally, her medical history included heart disease and Type 1 diabetes, the latter loosely monitored of late.

Bringing Value & Affecting Change: A Representative's Role


You have all seen many industry representatives in your office and operating rooms, and I’m sure you have an opinion on what attributes define good and not-so-good salespeople. Having worked in eye care for a while now and being very passionate about what I do, I wanted to share my perspective on what I believe makes for a good representative. These attributes are what motivate me every day when I am out talking with many of you and your staff in your practices, and helping you reach your goals.

Preparing the Ocular Surface for Cataract Surgery: Q&A with Niraj Desai, MD


With the high prevalence of ocular surface disease and its affect on cataract surgery outcomes, ensuring a healthy ocular surface prior to and post cataract surgery is very important. Bio-Tissue recently spoke with Niraj Desai, MD, about his experience with preparing the ocular surface for cataract surgery.