An Account Representative’s Perspective: Five Key Things I Learned from Being Treated with PROKERA


As an account representative for Bio-Tissue, I look forward to visiting with doctors and staff and talking about the benefits of PROKERA. However, when I recently became a patient, I learned even more about the benefits of this biologic corneal bandage with cryopreserved amniotic membrane. This experience not only helped heal my ocular surface, but also provided valuable information I can pass on to doctors and staff.

Ways to Educate our Dry Eye Patients and Make Them More at Ease


Our practice has always had a strong focus on cataract surgery, and from its inception has been at the forefront of treating patients with dry eye disease (DED). Early on, we realized the importance of having a healthy ocular surface for our patients prior to surgery. As such, all of us within the practice pay particular attention when treating patients with DED. We are very fortunate to have the most up-to-date equipment and tools available to help these patients.

Part 1: The Paradigm Shift in Treating Dry Eye


In part one of a two–part series, Josh Johnston, OD discusses the paradigm shift in treating patients with dry eye.

Treating dry eye disease (DED) has truly evolved over the past years, and even more so recently with new diagnostics, therapies and FDA-approved drugs. We all know DED is progressive and can be hard to treat, which is actually one of the reasons I like it so much. It’s an exciting time for those of us treating DED. The paradigm shift has changed and there are new, novel products and therapies at our disposal that allow us to provide better options to patients and improve clinical outcomes.

Bio-Tissue’s Dry Eye Center of Excellence Program


Our company’s groundbreaking scientific research in the study of regenerative medicine has led to the development of innovative products that are used worldwide by eye care professionals to treat ocular surface disease (OSD), including dry eye. In order to help you leverage our products, elevate the level of care you provide to your patients, improve clinical outcomes, and grow your practice, we developed the Dry Eye Center of Excellence Program (DECE).

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.

The Psychology of a Dry Eye Patient


In my experience taking care of patients with dry eye, there is a certain population whose success or failure with treatment, to a certain degree, hinges on how they feel about it emotionally.

As doctors, we see a problem and treat it, but then we move on with our day and our next patient. We may not always understand the albatross these patients face each day – whether it be working at their computer, driving, or performing other daily activities while their vision is blurry or their eyes are burning or tearing. From a survey perspective we appreciate the quality of life issue; but from a day-to-day misery that these patients experience, it’s hard to truly wrap our minds around this as doctors. As with anything in life, some patients handle things better than others, and unfortunately for some dry eye patients the potential for failure of treatment can be perpetuated by the emotional burden they carry.

Dry Eye Awareness Month: Five Ways to Market Your Practice


As we all know, happy and satisfied patients lead to referrals, which helps to build your practice.

However, you also need to look at additional ways to grow your patient base. While traditional efforts such as advertisements, waiting room videos, and brochures are very valuable, being creative and expanding your efforts can help you prosper and be even more successful. Here are five additional ways to help you market your eye care practice:

Restoring Health to the Ocular Surface


Almost a year ago, a 73 year-old woman presented for an emergency visit at our office. Her history was positive for dry eye syndrome, and keratoconjunctivitis, for which she had been prescribed RESTASIS® BID, and artificial tears PRN. She also reported that over the last several years, she had experienced repeated episodes of painful, red eyes, accompanied by blurred vision. Topical steroid treatments temporarily reduced the severity of her symptoms, however recurrences continued to present.

New Resource to Educate Consumers About Blepharitis, Demodex and Other Lid Margin Diseases


We are pleased to announce our newly revamped Cliradex.com website to help educate patients and build awareness about eye health and wellness, particularly related to blepharitis, Demodex, dry eye, ocular rosacea and other lid margin diseases.

The website also provides you and your staff access to clinical and product information about Cliradex, our preservative-free, all-natural lid, lash, and facial cleanser. Cliradex isolates 4-Terpineol, the most important ingredient in tea tree oil, that is clinically-proven to safely and effectively clean the skin and eradicate Demodex mites.