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Which cleaners are compatible with Hydra PEG?

Posted by Rebecca Petris on

Those of you using scleral lenses with Hydra PEG coating, this is just a reminder for you to check that you are using cleaning solutions that are compatible with it so that it doesn't get stripped prematurely! When you run out of a solution, it's all too easy to make a substitution, especially if what has been recommended isn't sold at your local drugstore!  [EDITED: Contamac seem to have removed the pdf guide from their site that had all this information] Here's the advice from Tangible Science, though not quite so detailed and only US: https://www.tangiblescience.com/hydra-peg-care-tips  

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The Great Migration

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As Rebecca mentioned in her utterly delightful ode to databases last week, The Dry Eye Company recently completed a massive migration from one software system to a bright, shiny, new one:Look at how bright the new dryeyeshop.com is! How shiny!Let me repeat; this was a massive undertaking. In the course of around a month and a half, our band of eight learned how to use new software tools, set up our catalog of nearly 200 different products using said new software tools, built an entirely new online storefront, and imported thousands and thousands of customer records and order histories.To summarize:...

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SSF National Patients Conference April 13-14

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Sjogrens Syndrome Foundation is hosting its 2018 patient conference, "Exploring Sjogrens", in mid April in Denver. Click here for full details of program including registration form. Dates: April 13-14, 2018 Location: Hyatt Regency Aurora-Denver Conference Center Program includes: Chadwick Johr MD - Sjogrens overview Stephen Cohen OD - Ocular manifestations of Sjogrens Steve Taylor (SSF CEO) - The State of Sjogrens: Transforming the Future Product showcase Banquet awards dinner & keynote speaker Darlene Cross MS LMFT, speaking about coping and loss Exhibits Edwards Maltz PhD on the central nervous system Richard Ambinder MD PhD on lymphoma Session on tips for...

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What you don't know about an eyedrop can hurt you

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I have a pet peeve about eyedrops sold in drugstores to unsuspecting consumers: Many drops contain ingredients that are NOT safe for frequent daily use, but without requiring substantially different labeling that could indicate to consumers that they differ from drops that ARE safe for regular use. Here are two types of problematic ingredients in widespread use in over-the-counter drops: Toxic preservatives, which cause dry eye; Redness relievers, which have a rebound redness effect. Now, drugstore shelves contain mostly a mixture of the following: Lubricant drops, preservative free Lubricant drops and gels, preserved with mild or "dissipating" preservatives Lubricant drops, preserved with benzalkonium chloride (BAK), the most...

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A wistful backward glance

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I am, almost without qualification, terribly thrilled to have moved our entire business onto new software.It seems as though every day I find new reasons to be happy about the switch. The new software is so much better at almost everything. For internal purposes, it's self-documenting, and the interface is intuitive to learn, and it all Just Makes Sense — so my  staff can do everything they need to do more comfortably and efficiently. Externally, the public-facing pieces at dryeyeshop.com look so much better, and most things work better in so many ways. Most of all, there's just so much...

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