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Bikers Beware of Winter Eye Dangers

24 Feb

Sharon Kleyne and Philip Paden, MD, put together a list of recommendations for protecting against winter dry eye.

Paden is an ophthalmologist and a former instructor at Cornell University. He is also a former professional motorcycle racer who has been riding for 40 years and is an authority on motorcycle eye protection and motorcycle dry eye.

According to Kleyne and Paden, motorcycle dry eye primarily occurs when wind increases the pressure on water at or near the surface of the eyes and eyelids, to evaporate into the atmosphere. As a result of this moisture loss, riders frequently complain of eye irritation, discomfort or fatigue, blurred vision, watery eyes, headaches and feelings of stress. Sunglasses and face shields may not offer adequate eye protection because other dehydrating factors also play a role. The tear film that covers and protecting our eyes is 98% water.

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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.

River Blindness

23 Mar

Since March 22 was World Water Day, it might be “illuminating” to talk about eye diseases and water. It is true that the most common and fatal waterborne diseases (caused by unsanitary water), don’t affect the eyes: These include infant diarrhea, cryptosporidium, cholera, dysentery, typhoid, and many more. However, there is a disease called “onchocerciasis” or “river blindness,” that is also considered “waterborne,” and is the world’s #2 cause of blindness.

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Cruise Ships and Vision

17 Mar

Coincidentally, there is a type of cruise ship called “Vision Class.” The name has nothing to do with the possible state of your eyes while on an ocean cruise but it does underscore the fact that while on a cruise, just a little attention to the state of your eyes can go a long way towards making the trip more enjoyable.

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Vision Care Tips for Truckers

4 Feb
  1. Smoking while driving is especially unhealthy because of the confined space. It addition to damaging lungs and heart, cigarette smoke is extremely irritating to eyes – even with a window opened – making it much harder to pay attention.
  2. Drink plenty of water while driving to keep your body alert and your eyes moist. Luke-warm water is less likely to make you have to go to the bathroom.
  3. Sunglasses, obviously, can help reduce road glare.
  4. Eat foods with high water content, and easily digested foods (salads, fruit, carrots, celery, etc.). Avoid sugar, salt and grease that can give you a lift followed by a let-down. Continue reading

Road-Bleary Eyes

8 Dec

It happens to everybody. You’re driving your car on a long road trip and suddenly your eyes start burning and you can’t keep them opened. You start nodding off, and sensing imminent disaster, you quickly pull off the road and take a nap. In an hour or so, you continue on your way, feeling much better.

But what would you do if you were an airline pilot and that happened? Or a tank driver during a war? Or an ambulance driver rushing to the hospital?

Actually, the cause may not be fatigue. Often, the cause is a reduction in the moisture content of the delicate tear film covering the external surface of your eyeballs. Pollution, heat, fatigue, car air-conditioning, and intense concentration (with not enough blinking), can all cause tear film moisture loss. Loss of tear film moisture increases the concentration of salts and other natural substances resulting in the familiar burning sensation. When you take a nap, your eyes are closed and your body is able to restore the depleted moisture.

The solution: Get plenty of rest, drink plenty of water (which will also help assure that you pull over and rest occasionally), make sure you blink often enough, and keep a pH Balanced water mist spray nearby as you drive.