Archive | April, 2011

Causes of Dry Eye

26 Apr

Severe chronic dry eye is a dehydration disease with multiple causes, linked to age, gender, hormones and environmental conditions.

The causes of dry eye disease are multiple, complex and not completely understood. Because of the rapid worldwide increase in dry eye disease and other dehydration diseases, especially severe chronic dry eye, tear film research discoveries are now isolating the physical, demographic and environmental causes of this potentially sight threatening and life threatening condition.

Nearly everyone experiences occasional, transient dry eye and tear film water loss. It is estimated that 40 million Americans suffer from dry eye disease or dry eye syndrome. Dry eye symptoms are the #1 reason for eye doctor visits in the United States. Worldwide, especially in countries where medical facilities are poor, dry air is a problem, water is scarce or unsafe and air pollution is far worse, dry eye – and dehydration diseases resulting from dry eye and tear film water loss – is a leading cause of impaired eyesight, preventable blindness and even death.

Some common causes of dry eye:

  • Dry eye and environment/dry air/air pollution
  • Dry eye and blepharitis
  • Dry eye and age
  • Dry eye and moisture evaporation
  • Dry eye and hormonal flux
  • Dry eye and denervation
  • Dry eye and contact lenses
  • Dry eye and menopause
  • Dry eye and Lasik surgery
  • Dry eye and autoimmune dysfunction
  • Dry eye and basement membrane dystrophy

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Dry Eye Zone on Sharon Kleyne Hour

14 Apr

Rebecca Petris Talks with Sharon Kleyne about Severe, Chronic Dry Eye Disease

Sharon Kleyne Hour – Power of Water ®show of April 11, 2011.

This is a paraphrased summary of an interview on the Sharon Kleyne Hour – Power of Water Internet radio talk show on World Talk Radio, Apple iTunes and Green Talk Network. Sharon Kleyne is an internationally recognized entrepreneur, water and health advocate, and Founder of Bio-Logic Aqua Research and Save a Child’s Life Foundation. To hear the complete show, go to http://www.SharonKleyneHour.com

Guest: Rebecca Petris, founder of http://www.DryEyeZone.com.

Severe chronic dry eye.

Dry eye disease is a growing worldwide health crisis. Eighty-percent of US eye doctor visits now involve dry eye symptoms. How debilitating can dry eye disease become? Rebecca Petris, founder of http://www.DryEyeZone.com, has been there.

Rebecca Petris developed severe chronic dry eye disease following Lasik surgery in 2001. The resulting severe pain affected every hour of every day and forced her to change careers. In her search for relief, she was appalled by the paucity of information and treatment options (Click for Sharon’s 7/20/08 interview with Lasik pioneer Dr. Marguerite McDonald).

When Rebecca’s search for causes and treatment options hit an impasse, she founded the Dry Eye Zone in 2005 as a forum for others suffering from severe Lasik complications. She soon discovered many desperate severe chronic dry eye patients who never had Lasik, including the. elderly, contact lens wearers, cosmetic eyelid surgery patients and users of the acne drug Accutane.

Dry Eye Zone visitors, according to Rebecca, are terrified of either losing their vision or going through life with constant pain. They seek hope.

In recent years, Rebecca and Sharon both report, the causes of dry eye disease has become better understood (dry eye can begin at birth) and education is more readily available. There are no end of new treatment options with more on the way. However, much remains to be done.

Causes, symptoms and treatment Continue reading

New York Eye Doctor on Dry Eye – Part 1

12 Apr

Sharon Kleyne interviews Dr. Robert Latkany, whose New York practice is limited to dry eye

This is a paraphrased summary of an interview on the Sharon Kleyne Hour – Power of Water Internet radio talk show on World Talk Radio, Apple iTunes and Green Talk Network. Sharon Kleyne is an internationally recognized entrepreneur, water and health advocate, and Founder of Bio-Logic Aqua Research and Save a Child’s Life Foundation. To hear the complete show, go to http://www.SharonKleyneHour.com

Guest: Dr. Robert Latkany (New York, NY), Ophthalmologist, author of The Dry Eye Remedy.

Sharon Kleyne: Dr. Robert Latkany is a New York eye doctor (ophthalmologist) who devotes his entire medical practice to dry eye disease. Dr. Latkany, I know that dry eye symptoms are the most common reason for ophthalmologist visits. Tell us why, as a New York eye doctor, you decided to treat only dry eye.

Dr. Latkany: Millions of people suffer from dry eye, and many more have dry eye but don’t know it. Dry eye is also one a common reason people see allergists. Specializing in dry eye isn’t as glamorous as LASIK surgery but it affects a lot more people. Many patients are surprised when told they have dry eye and it’s often misdiagnosed as an allergy or infection

S: What are some dry eye symptoms?

L: The main complaint is intermittent blurred vision. Also itching and burning eyes, redness, irritation, drowsiness, anxiety and increased sensitivity to allergies. Symptoms can be debilitating and scary. Our eyes are not well protected and a lot of diseases – both of the eyes and body – can enter via the eyes, especially if the tear film is unhealthy. Also, over 100 prescription drugs can cause dry eye, including allergy, thyroid, blood pressure and anti-psychotic medications. Continue reading

New Eye Research Discoveries for Dry Eye

11 Apr

New Application Method for Dry Eye Treatment

When Nature’s Tears EyeMist was introduced in 2004, a promise was made. Bio-Logic Aqua Research, the company behind the all-natural water mist treatment for dry eyes, assured thousands of doctors, patients and the public that they would, “continue to conduct eye research to discover new applications and benefits of Nature’s Tears EyeMist for dry eye.”

Since the product’s introduction in 2004, the all-natural water mist for dry eye has offered a new paradigm for the treatment of dry eye disease. Dry eye symptoms are the number one reason for eye doctor visits in the United States and dry eye can be debilitating and sight-threatening.

Recently, Bio-Logic Aqua Research Founder Sharon Kleyne announced that the company’s ongoing dry eye research has produced a new application method for patients with severe chronic dry eye or who find themselves in a high risk environment for severe eye irritation. The newly discovered application method supplements the original directions of application.

The original directions of application could not be easier:

Hold the mist applicator eight to twelve inches from the face, press the actuator button on top of the can to release the gentle mist, and move the can around the eye area in a two-second sweep.

Dry eye researchers at Bio-Logic Aqua Research have discovered that there is an increased benefit to gently pulling down the lower eyelid with your finger when applying Nature’s Tears EyeMist, spraying the mist from six to eight inches away for two seconds, and repeating this on the other eye (Do not put your finger in your eye). Continue reading

Food for the Eyes

11 Apr

Sharon Kleyne talks to Dr. Allen Taylor about diet, nutrition, water and eyesight

This is a paraphrased summary of an interview on the Sharon Kleyne Hour – Power of Water Internet radio talk show on World Talk Radio, Apple iTunes and Green Talk Network. Sharon Kleyne is an internationally recognized entrepreneur, water and health advocate, and Founder of Bio-Logic Aqua Research and Save a Child’s Life Foundation. To hear the complete show, go to http://www.SharonKleyneHour.com

Guest: Allen Taylor, Ph D. (Boston, MA), Laboratory for Nutrition and Vision Research, Tufts University.

Dr. Allen Taylor, a chemist, became interested in eyesight while researching the molecular structure of the eyes’ cornea and lenses. The cornea and lens are living tissues but they lack blood vessels and when healthy, are absolutely clear so that light can enter the eye. This research led Allen Taylor to an interest in diet, nutrition and eyesight, and to the Tufts University Laboratory for Nutrition and Vision.

According to Dr. Taylor, “There is more to good vision than just eating carrots.” The goal of his food and nutrition research is to prolong vision. By taking care of your eyes and eating the correct “eye foods,” you can lessen the chances of age-related eye diseases such as macular degeneration, cataracts and chronic dry eye. Improved diet and nutrition also prolongs health and life.

Sharon Kleyne noted that age related macular degeneration is increasing and is expected to be out of control by 2030. The computer age is not helping. She also noted that water is one of the most important eye foods. Continue reading

Inflammation of the Eyelids

8 Apr

Sharon Kleyne’s interview with Marguerite McDonald, MD, on Eyelid Inflammation and Dry Eye

Guest: Marguerite McDonald, MD (New York, NY), Ophthalmologist and LASIK pioneer.

This is a paraphrased summary of an interview on the Sharon Kleyne Hour – Power of Water Internet radio talk show on World Talk Radio, Apple iTunes and Green Talk Network. Sharon Kleyne is an internationally recognized entrepreneur, water and health advocate, and Founder of Bio-Logic Aqua Research and Save a Child’s Life Foundation. To hear the complete show, go to http://www.SharonKleyneHour.com

LASIK pioneer and ophthalmologist Marguerite McDonald, MD, appeared as Sharon Kleyne’s guest on the Sharon Kleyne Hour – Power of Water radio show. She presented information about dry eye disease, especially as it relates to inflammation of the eyelid and blepharitis, which are frequently overlooked in dry eye research.

According to Dr. Marguerite McDonald, 20 to 30 million people in the United States show symptoms of early stage dry eye disease. Six million US women and three million men suffer from chronic dry eye. The incidence of dry eye increases with age. Dry eye is also a side effect of numerous medications. Modern, climate controlled, energy efficient buildings can also contribute to dry eye.

Computers also contribute to dry eye. When working at a computer, the eyes’ natural blink rate may drop from 20 to 40 times a minute to three times a minute. Other factors that can dehydrate the eyes’ tear film include arthritis, gout, eye surgery, poor nutrition, not drinking enough water, low thyroid, not enough sleep, contact lenses and topical eye medications. Eyelid blink disturbance cause by strokes and other diseases can also result in dry eye.

A disease called “blepharitis” which is inflammation of the eyelids, can also contribute to dry eye symptoms. The eyelids are home to the meibomian glands, which secrete oil (lipid) onto the tear film. This oil, among other things, prevents the water in the tear film from evaporating. Should eyelid inflammation affect the proper functioning of the meibomian glands, as it often does, the tear film water evaporation rate can increase dramatically, resulting in dry eye disease. Continue reading

100 U.S. Cities Are Dry Eye Hot Spots

7 Apr

The National Women’s Health Resource Center’s Study of Dry Eye Risk in U.S. Cities.

Beth Battaglino Cahill (Red Bank, NJ), Executive Director of the National Woman’s Health Resource Center.

This is a paraphrased summary of an interview on the Sharon Kleyne Hour – Power of Water Internet radio talk show on World Talk Radio, Apple iTunes and Green Talk Network. Sharon Kleyne is an internationally recognized entrepreneur, water and health advocate, and Founder of Bio-Logic Aqua Research and Save a Child’s Life Foundation. To hear the complete show, go to http://www.SharonKleyneHour.com

Sharon Kleyne: In the United States, an estimated 20 million people have chronic dry eye. In China and many other countries, the percentage is much higher. On balance, the situation in the U.S. isn’t bad but it could be much better. Our first guest is Beth Cahill, Executive Director of the National Woman’s Health Resource Center. Her group recently sponsored a study of the top 100 US cities whose environments make them dry eye “hot spots.” Beth, tell us about the dry eye problem, which is now main reason for eye doctor visits in the U.S. Continue reading