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Mist The Eyes

10 Feb

Researchers Claim Mist Is Better Than Eye Drops. Researchers Praise Mist’s Novel Approach.

William D. Mathers, M.D., Julia Oxford, Ph.D. and Philip Paden, Ph.D. agree that the problems associated with the sprinkling Bio-Logic Aqua® Research Water Life Science®, of eye drops can be overcome with the use of a specialized water mist. The only available product that follows this method is Natures Tears® EyeMist®, developed by the research center at Bio-Logic Aqua® Research Water Life Science® in Grants Pass, Oregon.

All three researchers agree that misting dry eyes is the simplest and most effective approach to restoring tear film dilution through the use of pure water without additives or preservatives and applying the water as an ultra-fine micron mist. The water mist approach retains the simplicity of water while overcoming the possibility of severe osmotic shock. The water mist accomplishes this by diluting the tear volume with exquisitely small micro-droplets. This new technology engineers the diameter of the mist droplet to be within a highly desirable 40-60 micron range. The micro-droplets land on the ocular surface and pass through the lipid layer where they dilute the water layer without washing away normal tear constituents. The canister nozzle delivers a volume of 1-2 micro-liters per square centimeter per second at 14 inches from the face. Because the average exposed ocular surface area is 2 square centimeters, the result is 2 micro-liters per second to the eye. In other words, in one or two seconds, the tear volume is sufficiently diluted to restore normal osmolarity.

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Understanding Tear Film and Eye Hydration Could Prevent Dry Eye

23 Feb

Bio Logic Aqua Research is a premier water technology company, specializing in products that support moisture in the skin and eyes.

According to Sharon Kleyne, Founder of Bio-Logic Aqua Research, understanding eye hydration and the eyes’ all-important tear film and could help prevent dry eye disease.

Especially important is the environment’s role as a cause of dry eye.

Eye dehydration and tear film water loss can weaken resistance to bacterial and viral invasion, impair visual functioning and lead to numerous eye diseases and conditions.

Dehydration related eye conditions include itching and/or burning eyes, blurred vision, transient dry eye syndrome, severe dry eye syndrome, corneal ulceration, glaucoma, computer eye strain, eye allergies, eye cancers and more.

According to Sharon Kleyne, the incidence of eye dehydration and dry eye has dramatically increased in the past 20 years and is becoming a global health crisis. Much of the increase can be attributed to environmental factors.

Environmental factors that could dehydrate the eyes and tear film could include:

Indoor conditions such as forced-air heating and cooling and insulated walls and windows.

Lifestyle choices and personal habits that could contribute to eye dehydration include wearing contact lenses, prolonged computer use, participation in extreme sports (with lots of perspiration and exposure to heat and sun), caffeine and alcohol consumption, not drinking enough water, too much time spent indoors, cigarette smoking, medications, etc.

Exposure to smoke, dust, wind, extreme heat and cold and other outdoor conditions could also contribute to eye dehydration.

A major contributor to eye dehydration is global climate change because the tear film obtains much of its water from the surrounding humidity in the air. In many areas, the air in becoming dryer and the humidity lower. This lowers the potential for hydration from the air and increases tear film water evaporation.

Even where the air is not dry, the humidity could be contaminated by air pollution, creating dehydrating and unhealthy conditions.

What is the Eyelid?

17 Feb

New Discoveries about Eyelids, Blink Rate, Dry Eye and Computers

Dry eye, in the United States and worldwide, is becoming a crisis. Eighty-percent of eye doctor patients complain of dry eye symptoms such as itching, burning, blurred vision, red eyes, headache and fatigue. The importance of the eyelid in dry eye has only recently been recognized. Researchers are discovering that if the tear film is dry, the eyelids will also be dry. This is especially true in chronic dry eye and in people who live in areas of extreme dry air or air pollution, or who spend a lot of time indoors.

The eyelid is critical in two areas of dry eye research:

1. Blink rate: Dry eye and tear film dehydration can result from a low rate of eyelid blinking. It may also result from an excessively high blink rate.

2. Eyelid health: The majority of dry eye patients have unhealthy and dry eyelids (blepharitis).

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