Archive | May, 2011

Watery Eyes a Symptom of Dry Eyes

25 May

Nature’s Tears® EyeMist® – All-Natural Relief for Dry Eye and Watery Eyes

  • Frequent “watery eyes,” where eyes are overly moist with tears and drip at the corners, may be a symptom of a condition called “dry eye.”
  • Dry eye and watery eyes may be associated with dry air, air pollutants such as smoke, forced air heating and cooling, insulated walls and windows, household chemicals, excessive heat or cold, numerous dehydration diseases, medications, wind, low humidity, computer use, airline travel, strenuous activities, fatigue, stress, poor DIET, not drinking enough water, allergies and much more.
  • When the all-important and protective “basal tear film” covering the eyes, for the reasons listed above, loses too much natural water and becomes dehydrated, it can stimulate reflex tearing, in which the eyes overflow with tears.
  • Reflex tears are the eyes’ attempt to overcompensate for tear film water loss (the tear film should be 99% water), and prevent worsening dehydration symptoms and ultimately, corneal damage.
  • Earliest dry eye symptoms include transitory blurred vision and eye fatigue, followed by red eye, a burning, itching or grainy sensation, watery eyes, increased eye allergies and increased bacteria susceptibility.
  • Tear film water loss, or dry eye, can be caused by insufficient tear production, poor tear film quality and environmental factors that increase tear film evaporation. These factors are rarely mutually exclusive and result in an over-concentration of tear film electrolytes and the production of inflammatory hormones.
  • The traditional dry eye remedy has been formulated eye drops. However, eye drops can flood and disrupt the natural tear film structure, increasing the potential for evaporative water loss.
  • Sharon Kleyne, Founder of Bio-Logic Aqua Research, recently received a United States patent on the first all-natural eye mist application for dry eyes. The application is Nature’s Tears® EyeMist®, the only all-natural, non-eye drop product for dry eye, allergy eyes and tired eyes.
    • No other product is as natural, safe or biocompatible with the eye and tear film.
    • Nature’s Tears EyeMist contains 100% all-natural Bio-Logic Aqua tissue culture grade water. Unlike eye drops, the mist contains no saline, preservatives or formulated compounds. Nature’s Tears EyeMist is completely safe, healthy and non-allergenic.
  • Sharon Kleyne’s research has led to numerous dry eye and watery eyes discoveries:
    • ” Earth’s changing environment is causing an increase in dehydration diseases such as dry eye, watery eyes and allergy eyes. The air is too dry, both indoors and outdoors, due to pollution, climate change and “techno” environments.
    • ” Dry air and dehydration diseases (body water loss from birth) are the world’s #1 environmental health issues. 80% of eye doctor visits now relate to dry eye and watery eyes. Every four seconds, someone goes blind and 100 US cities are listed as “dry eye hot spots.”
    • ” To prevent dry eye and maintain eye health (eyes are the mirror of your body), Sharon Kleyne recommends drinking 8 to 10 glasses of water daily, regular exercise, lots of fresh air, productive sleep, stress management, a proper diet and plenty of “eye foods” (green, leafy vegetables and – you guessed it – carrots!)
  • Sharon Kleyne’s all-water, all-natural discoveries for dry eye, watery eyes and allergy eyes are endorsed by universities, doctors and scientists worldwide for their innovative approach to natural eye hydration.

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Computer Vision Syndrome and Computer Eye Strain

20 May

Benefits of Eye Misting for Computer Dry Eye

We know what you’re doing right now!

You’re looking at a computer screen, aren’t you?

And chances are, your eyes are not happy about it!

Computers and dry eye symptoms.

  • Dry eye discomfort from computer use is a growing and increasingly urgent problem.
  • Ophthalmologists call this “computer vision syndrome” (CVS), “computer eye strain,” “computer eye irritation” or “computer dry eye.”
  • The computer dry eye problem is widespread, and potentially serious.
  • Nearly every computer user experiences dry eye discomfort that could lead to loss of productivity, loss of income, and eventually, loss of eyesight

Do you have computer vision syndrome?

If you answer “yes” to question #1 and at least two others, you may be experiencing computer vision syndrome.

  • Are you a “Computer Nerd” who uses a computer more than two hours a day?
  • Do your eyes sometimes burn or itch?
  • Are your eyes sometimes sensitive to light?
  • Does your vision ever become blurry?
  • Do your eyelids sometimes become heavy or tired during computer use, even though you’ve had plenty of sleep?
  • Do you get headaches from using the computer?
  • Do your shoulders sometimes feel tight while using the computer?
  • Do you have frequent eye allergies?

Other causes of computer vision syndrome:

In addition to computers, several common office conditions could result in computer eye strain, tear film dehydration and dry eye symptoms.

  • Forced-air heating and cooling.
  • Synthetic chemicals (plastics, paint, cleaning fluids, etc).
  • Insulated windows and walls.
  • Fluorescent lighting.
  • Stress.
  • Low indoor humidity.
  • Your diet.

Your eyes depend on the tear film.

  • The highly complex “tear film” covering the eyes consist of water, oil, electrolyte, antibodies, protein and mucus. The tear film moistens, lubricates, oxygenates and protects the eyes; and forms a light transmitting surface that enables you to see.
  • The tear film is 98% water. Every time you open your eyelids, you expose the tear film to evaporation and natural water loss.
  • Dry eye symptoms occur when too much water evaporates from the tear film without replacement (this process is highly complex, also involving tear glands and brain messaging).
  • More dry eye education
  • More tear film education
  • Computers accelerate tear film dehydration and water evaporation because:
    • They create or reflect glare and intensely bright light.
    • They are almost always indoors, which tends to be less humid than outdoors.
    • They cause a decreased blink rate (blinking replenishes the tear film), which may drop from 30-40 times a minute to three times a minute.
    • They contribute to brain and body stress, which is dehydrating.
  • To re-hydrate dry eyes, simply add water to the dehydrated tear film!
    • Formulated eye drops are inconvenient to apply, excessively large in volume, contain little natural water and are not always effective.
    • Nature’s Tears EyeMist instantly and conveniently replaces lost tear film water.

Nature’s Tears EyeMist.

To supplement tear film water and minimize dry eye symptoms, mist your eyes frequently with Nature’s Tears EyeMist. With no dosage limit, all-natural Nature’s Tears EyeMist may be applied whenever computer dry eye symptoms are experienced. Always keep Nature’s Tears EyeMist beside your computer (and combine it with a complete daily hydration program that includes drinking 8-10 glasses of water a day).

Computer vision syndrome prevention tips:

  • An eye care professional may prescribe special “computer glasses.”
  • Keep a glass of water (And Nature’s Tears EyeMist) near your desk to help humidify the air.
  • Drink bottled water while you work…but pour it into a glass first. Total daily water intake should be at least 8 to 10 glasses.
  • Make a conscious effort to blink more often.
  • Several times per hour, look around the room at objects of varying distances.
  • Take scheduled breaks away from your desk (outdoors if possible).
  • To reduce glare, position your computer so windows are at the side of your computer rather than in the front or back. Adjust window blinds accordingly.
  • If possible, turn off fluorescent overhead lights and switch to a desk lamp.
  • Attach a glare-blocking hood or filter to your monitor.
  • Crack a window to let in humid air from the outside. Outdoor air is free of re-circulated bacteria and shed skin particles from co-workers, which enters via the heating/cooling system and can cause eye and skin dehydration.
  • Set the REFRESH RATE on your monitor as high as you can (over 85). Use a flat-screen if possible. A low refresh rate (60 or less), on a cathode ray monitor, can cause dry eye, eye strain and headache.
  • Take a shower every day that allow plenty of steam and water to penetrate your eyes, skin, breathing passages and lungs.
  • Every couple weeks, take a long, luxuriant hot body bath with a cup of Epsom salt dissolved in the bathtub water. This will detoxify, lubricate and humidify dry eyes and skin, improve skin flexibility and benefit all part of the body.
  • Keep your body fit: Reduce stress, establish a daily program of sleep, fresh air and exercise, control your weight, avoid sugar (which is dehydrating) and eat lots of dark green leafy vegetables (eye food).

Driving and Eyesight

16 May

Tips for Truckers to Reduce Eye Fatigue and Protect Eyesight.

Trucker’s Eyes.

Bio-Logic Aqua Research and Nature’s Tears EyeMist have developed much new information on driving and eyesight. This information can help drivers prevent or relieve tired, strained, irritated “Trucker’s Eyes” on long distance trips (and they don’t involve coffee or eye drops). Even if you don’t follow the recommendations to the letter, you never know when the information might come in handy or prevent an accident.

Driving Dehydration

Much of the eyesight discomfort that drivers experience comes from dehydration (loss of water) of the eyes, skin (especially facial skin), and breathing passages. Alleviate the dryness and many eye and fatigue symptoms will quickly vanish!

Dry eyes and vehicles.

Several environmental factors in the truck cabin can lower air humidity and therefore increase in the rate of moisture (water) evaporation from the protective tear film covering the eyes. The tear film is amazingly complex, even though it is only about five microns (millionths of a meter) thick, and it doesn’t take much water evaporation to cause discomfort, fatigue and blurred vision.

Lack of adequate tear film moisture is called, “dry eye,” “dry eye disease,” “dry eye syndrome” or “trucker’s dry eye.” The most physically irritating result of tear film water loss is an over-concentration of electrolyte (salt). The results are itching and burning eyes, eye-strain, blurred vision, fatigue and other symptoms.

Soothing dry irritated eyes.

Soothing dry eyes is simple: Just add moisture to the tear film! However, accomplishing this can be difficult. Traditional formulated eye drops are difficult to apply, not always effective and you need to pull off the road to apply them. Also, the chemicals and preservatives in eye drops can cause an allergic reaction.

Because of the large drop size of eye drops (up to ten times the entire tear film volume), they can flood and wash away the natural tear film, including water, electrolytes and beneficial proteins and antibodies, replacing them with artificial chemicals while adding little or no water.

Nature’s Tears EyeMist.

The easiest way to prevent tear film water loss is to mist with Nature’s Tears EyeMist whenever discomfort is felt. This unique water mist penetrates the tear film with just the right amount of natural water – without flooding. And best of all, you can apply the mist while driving!

Even if you use eye drops, they will be more effective if you apply Nature’s Tears EyeMist first. Because Nature’s Tears EyeMist has no dosage limit, you may also mist between eye drop applications. Mist whenever eye discomfort is felt and or as a preventative before you feel discomfort.

Keep Nature’s Tears EyeMist in your glove compartment! A one-second “Just-a-Mist™” sweep across the face instantly replenishes tear film moisture – naturally, easily, and in just the right amount. ¨

And remember: Nature’s Tears EyeMist cannot be over-applied.

Other driving and eyesight tips.

  • Smoking while driving is especially unhealthy because of the confined space. In addition to damaging lungs and heart, cigarette smoke is extremely irritating to the eyes – even with a window opened.
  • Drink plenty of water while driving. Luke-warm water is less likely to make you go to the bathroom.
  • Sunglasses, obviously, help reduce road glare and protects the eyes from forced-air heating and cooling, which also dries the eyes.
  • Eat easily digested foods and foods with high water content.
  • Get as much sleep as you can. Try to keep as normal a sleep schedule as possible.
  • Place hot, wet compresses on your face (using a soapless washcloth) after sleeping, after showering, and whenever eyes feel tired of uncomfortable. Rinse and repeat several times. This will cleanse and moisturize the skin and eyes, and draw out toxins.
  • Keep Nature’s Tears EyeMist handy. Mist when you get up in the morning, after naps, after showering or cleansing, whenever eyes or face feel tired or uncomfortable, and three or four times a day as you drive as a preventative. Breathe the mist in deeply, following the Yoga technique of inhaling through the nose and exhaling through the mouth.

Contact Lens Dry Eye – The All-Natural Solution

12 May

Contact Lens Discomfort may be Caused by Dry Eye, and by Water Loss in the Eyes’ Tear Film

Contact lens dry eye.

As technologically miraculous as modern contact lenses are, too many people are still only able to wear them for short periods, while many others cannot tolerate them at all. A primary reason for contact lens discomfort is a condition called “contract lens dry eye.” Even for those who tolerate contact lenses reasonably well, the lenses often cause discomfort that can increase over time.

This is unfortunate because for 28 million people, contact lenses make the difference between seeing clearly in all directions or confinement to inconvenient and distorting eyeglasses. With the many contact lens choices available these days, they should provide an invaluable benefit to millions with poor eyesight.

The good news is that for those with low contact lens tolerance, or who suffer from contact lens dry eye, there are now ways to minimize the discomfort

The amazing tear film.

Contact lenses (both hard lenses and soft lenses) float on the surface of the delicate and complex tear film that covers the exposed parts of the eye, and rely on the tear film’s natural moisture (water) to maintain their pliability, integrity and adherence. Surface tension of the tear film’s moisture prevents the lenses from falling out.

The problem is that contact lenses deplete the tear film’s moisture content and interfere with healthy tear film functioning. Soft lenses, and gas permeable lenses, have been compared to “miniature sponges” because of the tear film water they soak up. Even rigid lenses deplete some tear film moisture. In addition, all lenses, even gas permeable lenses, reduce the amount of oxygen reaching the corneal surface. Rigid lenses restrict oxygen the most, which is why they are smaller.

Tear film function and structure.

The tear film covering the exposed eye surface is amazingly complex, considering that it is only about five microns (millionths of a meter) thick.

Tear film components:

Lipid layer. This topmost layer is comprised of a thin film of fatty oil that lubricates the eyelid and slows water evaporation from the lower layers.

Aqueous layer. The middle and thickest layer contains the vast majority of the tear film’s water. This is where most water evaporation occurs. The layer also contains electrolytes, proteins and bacteria-fighting antibodies. It provides oxygenated water that allows the cornea to breathe.

Mucin layer. This bottom layer glues the tear film to the optical surface.

Dry eyes and irritated eyes.

When tear film water is depleted, the resulting abnormal changes can make the eyes feel uncomfortable. The most physically irritating results of tear film water loss are an over-concentration of electrolyte (salt) and proteins in the aqueous layer. Insufficient oxygen in the aqueous layer can also cause discomfort. Discomfort can include itching, burning, irritation, eyestrain, headache, etc.

Soothing dry, irritated eyes.

Soothing contact lens dry eye, or dry eye from any other cause, is simple and logical: Add water to the tear film! In the past 110 years of medical eye research, this has proved an elusive objective.

Getting the moisture past the overlying lipid layer has been a challenge. As it turns out, our eyes already know how to accomplish this trick. In fact, the tear film can extract all the water it needs from the humidity in the air, provided the air is reasonably humid (70% at 70 degrees), and the humidity droplets are pure and unpolluted.

The standard solution to dry eyes has always been eye drops even though the typical eye drop is ten times larger than the volume of the entire tear film. When applied, eye drops can flood and wash away the natural tear film, including lipids and beneficial antibodies. Despite their complex chemistry, formulated eye drops lack one ingredient: all-natural, pH-balanced water.

Drawbacks to eye drops and wetting agents:

  • You must remove your contact lenses to apply.
  • Some people are allergic to the chemicals and preservatives.
  • Eyedroppers can cause injury.
  • SApplying eye drops can be difficult.

The solution.

Nature’s Tears EyeMist is the first effective, all-natural alternative to formulated eye drops for dry eye. Millions of contact lens wearers now obtain instant relief from dry, irritated eyes – without eye drops.

Nature’s Tears EyeMist provides all-natural water to the aqueous layer through an ultra-pure, ultra-fine eye mist. In most cases, all that is required to restore the tear film’s water content is two to five nanoliters (billionths of a liter), which is far too little to apply with an eyedropper. The mist application also oxygenates the water, increasing the aqueous layer’s oxygen content.

For optimal results, apply Nature’s Tears EyeMist immediately before applying eye drops. Since Nature’s Tears EyeMist has no dosage limit, it may also be applied between eye drop applications, or when eye drops are not convenient.

Eye exams: What to expect

6 May

Eye exams — whom to see, what’s involved and how to prepare.

An eye exam is one of the best ways to protect your vision because it can detect eye problems at their earliest stage — when they’re most treatable. Regular eye exams give your eye care professional a chance to help you correct or adapt to vision changes. And eye care specialists can give you expert tips on reducing eyestrain and caring for your eyes.

What’s involved in an eye exam?

A complete eye exam involves a series of tests designed to evaluate your vision and check for eye diseases. It doesn’t hurt. Your doctor may use odd-looking instruments, aim bright lights directly at your eyes and request that you look through a seemingly endless array of lenses. Each test evaluates a different aspect of your vision.

The eye exam usually begins with your doctor asking about your medical history and any vision problems you might be experiencing. Next, your eye doctor makes a quick check of your eyes using a light to ensure the exterior parts of your eyes are functioning correctly. Finally, your doctor measures your visual acuity, assesses your need for glasses and examines your eyes for signs of disease. Part of the examination, such as taking your medical history and the initial eye test, may be performed by a technician who assists your doctor.

How should you prepare for an eye exam?

If you’re seeing a new eye doctor or if you’re having your first eye exam, expect questions about your vision history. Your answers to these questions help your eye doctor understand your risk of eye disease and vision problems. Be prepared to give specific information, including:

  • Are you having any eye problems now?
  • Have you had any eye problems in the past?
  • Do you wear glasses or contacts now? If so, are you satisfied with them?
  • What health problems have you had in recent years?
  • Are you taking any medications?
  • Do you have any allergies to medications, food or other substances?
  • Has anyone in your family had eye problems, such as cataracts or glaucoma?
  • Has anyone in your family had diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease or any other health problems that can affect the whole body?

If you wear contact lenses, bring them to your appointment. Your eye doctor will want to make sure your prescription is the best one for you. Also be prepared to remove your contacts for certain exams. Tests that use orange dye (fluorescein) to temporarily color your eye may permanently dye your contact lenses. You’ll want to take them out before those types of tests.

Content courtesy of mayoclinic.com

Helpful Tip for Eyes

5 May

Your eyes are under attack. A list of things that cause eye dryness and irritation includes: Low humidity, wind, cold, heat, perspiration, air pollution, chemical fumes (such as cleaning compounds), airborne bacteria, pollen, forced-air heating, air conditioning, fluorescent lighting, computer screens, aging, menopause, pregnancy, stress, smoke, dust, contact lenses, building insulation, fatigue, etc.

We are so accustomed to this assault that we often don’t even notice when our eyes are bothering us. But the daily exposure can lead to numerous eye problems.

Artificial tears and redness removers are sometimes helpful but they can be difficult to apply. These products are inserted as eyedrops that flood the eye with chemicals and wash away the complex natural protection of the eye’s tear film. These products do not provide the eyes with what they need most–a minute amount of pure water, measured in micro-liters, added to the natural tear film’s middle (aqueous) layer.

Nature’s Tears® EyemistTM from Bio-Logic Aqua Technologies Biomedical Research, unlike chemical eyedrop products, delivers an ultra-pure, ultra-fine, chemical and preservative free water mist in just the right amount to be quickly absorbed into the tear film’s middle layer without washing anything away. The mist is applied easily and works instantly. Many people who try Nature’s Tears® EyemistTM for the first time are amazed because until that moment, they didn’t realize their eyes had been bothering them.

Here’s the tip: To help prevent dry, irritated eyes in the first place, and to increase awareness of when your eyes are at risk and how to deal with it, get into the habit of carrying Nature’s Tears® EyemistTM with you, or at least keeping it in a handy place, and applying it at least four times daily. Making the application a daily habit is especially helpful to those whose occupations put their eyes at risk.

Dry Eye Symptoms

3 May

No dry eye definition includes an exact physiologic cause; instead eye doctors look for a series of symptoms.

Defining Dry eye.

It may be called “dry eye,” “red eye,” “computer vision syndrome (CVS),” “allergy eye,” “irritated eyes,” “tired eyes,” “sore eyes,” “itchy eyes,” “puffy eyes,” or “swollen eyes.” Whatever the name, Dry eye is a dehydration disease experienced by nearly everyone and is on its way to becoming a global health crisis. In the United States, dry eye symptoms are among the most frequently cited reasons for visiting the eye doctor.

The symptoms of dry eye are so common that eye doctors find it difficult to draw a precise line between “normal” eyes, and “abnormal” eyes with dry eye disease. Occasional dry eye is normal and experienced by most people at one time or another. Since their symptoms are usually transient and not severe, the majority do not seek medical therapy or attempt treatment.

There is considerable disagreement about the precise clinical definition of dry eye syndrome as a disease and about the precise physiologic cause. No physiologic variable correlates exactly with either chronic dry eye symptoms or transient dry eye symptoms, although most measurable variables correlate to some degree. Instead, physicians look for a series of symptoms. The presence of one or more symptom could indicate a dry eye condition.

Common dry eye symptoms.

  • Eye irritation
  • A sensation of dryness in the eyes
  • Burning eyes
  • Scratchy or grainy eyes
  • Blurred vision (especially late in the day)
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Stiffness of the neck or shoulders
  • Puffy eyes
  • Red eyes
  • Watery eyes

Symptom based dry eye definition

A symptom-based definition works reasonably well. The degree and duration of symptoms are critical since a large percentage of the adult population (including 50% of adult females) complain of at least mild dry eye symptoms at any given time.

In addition to symptoms, most (but not all) dry eye patients have at least one physiologic parameter that lies significantly outside the range of normal. This could include an excessively thin or “blotchy” lipid (oil) layer overlying the tear film or malfunctioning meibomium or lachrymal glands. Typically, tear production has decreased, tear film volume is low, water evaporation is high, and/or tear osmolarity is elevated. Tears produced by “dry eyes” may contain elevated levels of substances (metalloproteases and other proteinaceous compounds) that increase surface inflammation.

There may also be environmental factors present that create a high risk for dehydration diseases. These include daily exposure to dry air, low humidity air or polluted air, or to indoor forced-air heating and cooling.

The power of proactive thinking.

As a patient, it is critical that your doctors not only informs you that you have “dry eye” based on symptoms, but also identifies:

  • Which “physiological parameters” lie outside the range of normal.
  • The presence of high risk environmental factors.
  • Recommended diet, nutrition and lifestyle choices to improve your overall health and hydration.

If your doctor does not tell you these things, IT IS UP TO YOU TO ASK (Or better yet, come to the examination prepared with a list of symptoms and questions). This information can make a substantial difference in the choice of treatment modes and in lifestyle changes that will decrease risk exposure and symptoms.

Source: WD Mathers, MD, Tear Film and Treatment of Dry Eye Disease, © 2004 RxSchools.com. Funded and sponsored by Bio-Logic Aqua Research (Bio-Logic Aqua Technologies) and Nature’s Tears® EyeMist®.