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Sharon Kleyne’s Advice For Motorists With Dry Eye Symptoms

26 Oct

Water Life Science® Creator Kleyne Warns Dry Eye Drivers. Sharon Kleyne Says Do Not Use Eye Drops & Drive.

You see it every day. While you’re driving or riding as a passenger, you glance over and observe the driver in the car next to you tilting his head back and administering eye drops. Of course, you know and he knows that it’s not the safest thing to do when you’re behind the wheel of a moving vehicle, yet people put themselves at risk every day in many ways.

Sharon Kleyne, host of the nationally syndicated The Sharon Kleyne Hour Power of Water, Global Climate Change and Your Health on VoiceAmerica sponsored by Nature’s Tears® EyeMist®, knows that millions of people suffer from the symptoms of dry eye disease. While fighting traffic and anxiety, many drivers find that they have to deal with, or try to ignore, eyes that itch, burn, blur and ache. “It’s a recipe for health and traffic disaster,” said Kleyne, who wants people to learn more about their eye condition and what they can do better to avoid a tragedy on a neighborhood street or highway.

Kleyne is a tireless spokesperson for eye and skin safety and she is committed to doing all that she can to abolish the dangerous problem of people applying eye drops to their eyes while they’re driving. Kleyne knows that dry eye disease is not just an irritant or a mild inconvenience. Dry eye disease can lead to blindness. In some circumstances, dry eye disease is a killer. But what exactly brings this dry eye condition on?

Kleyne, international Water Life Science® creator and the founder of Bio-Logic Aqua® Research Water Life Science®, teaches people to study the eye itself. She described how the eye’s delicate tear film is a complex, three-layered structure covering the eye’s surface. One’s vision depends on this tear film, and it is 99% water. “When the tear film’s middle (or aqueous) layer loses moisture (water) due to evaporation,” Kleyne said, “dry eye discomfort is often the result.” Kleyne explained how chemical eye drops can flood the natural tear film and wash away the aqueous layer’s remaining water, lipids, proteins, electrolytes and antibodies. A unique product that replenishes the evaporated moisture of the tear film and soothes dry eye symptoms is Nature’s Tears® EyeMist®.

Nature’s Tears® EyeMist® contains 100 percent Trade Secret tissue culture grade fresh water and no additives. It is applied to the eyes as a patented micron-size mist by a personal, portable hand-held humidifier. Nature’s Tears® EyeMist® is endorsed by more than 22,000 ophthalmologists and optometrists nationwide and was successfully market-tested in more than 70,000 outlets.

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Have you ever tried Nature’s Tears® EyeMist® or known someone who has done so to hydrate the eyes and skin? Have you tried it when you drive? What’s the verdict? We would enjoy your reactions and stories.

If you have a comment about this story or have stories you’d like to share, why not get involved? We’d like very much to hear from you! You can reach us in the following ways. Sharon@biologicaquaresearch.com 800-367-6478 ~ Fax 541-474-2123 http://www.naturestears.com or on Twitter at @sharonkleynehr

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Water Researcher Kleyne Shares Solution For Blurred Vision

28 Sep

Blurred Vision Is Dry Eye Symptom Says Kleyne. Dry Eye Blurred Vision Is Dangerous Says Kleyne.

The season is changing as the heat of summer finally relents and cooler temperatures prevail. But in the process more and more people are complaining about blurred vision. Sharon Kleyne, internationally respected for her groundbreaking water research and discovery of new water technologies, wants to educate you as to the reason for this increase in the incidents of blurred vision.

“To begin,” says Klyene, founder and director of Bio-Logic Aqua® Water Life Science®, “most of these cases are temporary and most are associated with dry eye disease. Blurred vision is a common symptom of dry eye.” Kleyne went on to explain that dry eye is more likely to occur in winter. Why is that? It’s because dry eye is more prevalent when cooler air can’t hold as much water vapor, the breath of life – also called “humidity” – as warmer air. The lower the humidity of the surrounding atmosphere, the greater will be the tendency of the liquid water in the vicinity to evaporate. This increased evaporation, says Kleyne, applies equally to lakes, puddles, wet sidewalks and the moist tear film covering the eyes. “When the tear film, which is 99% water, loses a portion of its water evaporation, or loses water for any reason,” Kleyne says, ”a condition develops called dry eye disease occurs.”

Blurred vision, according to Kleyne, occurs when the tear glands of the eyes attempt to compensate for the loss of tear film water to excess evaporation by flooding the eyes with reflex tears. As a result, the eyes become temporarily watery and this impairs light refraction. Dry eye may also cause dry spots on the cornea, the clear part of the eye. Since water is critical to light refraction, images transmitted through a corneal dry spot tend to be distorted and unclear. Closing the eyes briefly, or taking a short nap, will often clear up the problem.

According to Kleyne, host of the nationally syndicated radio program, The Sharon Kleyne Hour Power of Water, Global Climate Change and Your Health on VoiceAmerica sponsored by Nature’s Tears® EyeMist®, blurred vision as a dry eye symptom is most likely to occur late in the day, in the presence of dehydrating factors such as smoke and pollution, or during an engrossing activity such as working at a computer. Other dry eye symptoms include itching and burning eyes, fatigue and headaches. Incidences of dry eye problems also increase when it is colder because more time is spent indoors, where insulated walls and windows and forced-air heating also dehydrate the tear film.

Kleyne wants everyone to know that blurred vision can be dangerous. She points out that eye injuries and eye irritation account for 85% of workplace injuries. The number one workplace complaint associated with eyes is blurred vision. Blurred vision can affect productivity and disorient workers. Yet, blurred vision is most commonly dangerous when driving at night. Lights can appear as streaks, making it more difficult to identify the brake lights on a car slowing down or the turn signal of a car changing lanes. Light streaks may also make it more difficult to see lane stripes and traffic signs.

However, there is a solution that Kleyne wants everyone to know about. Kleyne’s research center has developed a new technology, Nature’s Tears® EyeMist®, which is unique on the global market. The product is specifically designed to replace and supplement lost tear film moisture with Trade Secret tissue culture grade 100 percent natural, pure water. This pH balanced fresh water is delivered to the eye as a patented micron-size mist from a personal hand-held portable humidifier that is fun and easy to use. “Conventional eye drops trap moisture but do not replenish it,” says Kleyne. That’s why everyone should keep a supply of Nature’s Tears® EyeMist® on hand for those occasions when blurred vision and other dry eye symptoms attack.

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What are your views on blurred vision and dry eye disease? Are you aware of the problem of dehydration? Have you ever tried Nature’s Tears® EyeMist® or known someone who has done so to hydrate the eyes? What’s the verdict?

If you have a comment about this story or have stories you’d like to share, why not get involved? We’d like very much to hear from you! You can reach us in the following ways. Sharon@biologicaquaresearch.com 800-367-6478 ~ Fax 541-474-2123 http://www.naturestears.com or on Twitter at @sharonkleynehr

Nature’s Tears® EyeMist® Soothes Dry Eye Eyelids Too

15 Sep

Power of Water Relieves Dry Eye Symptoms. Nature’s Tears® EyeMist® Comforts Eyelids with Pure Water.

Dry eye disease is a growing health problem in a world that is warmer, drier and more polluted than ever before. Documented cases of dry eye disease continue to soar around the globe, especially among people 55 years of age and older and among children growing up in polluted urban centers. Dry eye’s symptoms—itching, redness, blurred vision, swelling, soreness—cause pain, anxiety, anger and frustration. These emotions and your subsequent reactions can affect your behavior at home. They can color your relationships with friends and they may create problems for you and others at work. On the job, dry eye disease damages your performance and leads to missed days due to illness. If the symptoms of dry eye disease continue unchecked, they can even lead to blindness, which is also a growing ocular health issue.

The physiological causes of dry eye include improperly functioning lachrymal and meibomium glands, inflammation and hormones influencing the nervous system. The result is loss of water to the all-important and highly complex tear film that covers and protects the eye and enables it to transmit light. The simplest way to alleviate dry eye symptoms and restore tear film moisture is with Nature’s Tears® EyeMist®. The purity and pH of the pure-water mist (100% Trade Secret tissue culture grade water), makes Nature’s Tears® EyeMist® ideal for rapid and beneficial absorption.

“Nature’s Tears® EyeMist® is applied with a personal hand-held humidifying device,” Sharon Kleyne, founder of Bio-Logic Aqua® Water Life Science® explained. “The portable humidifier emits a pure, pH balanced, 100% Trade Secret tissue culture grade water in a patented micron-size mist. It supplements the eye’s tear film, which is naturally 99 percent water.”

With Natures Tears® EyeMist®, tired and irritated eyes and eyelids are supplemented with pure water. Eye drops provide temporary chemical relief, but they can become addictive and even make the dry eye condition worse. Why? Because eye drops only trap water on the eye’s tear film; they do not supplement the tear film or the moisture (the tears) around it. They also leave the eyelids unnourished and unprotected.

Doctors and researchers have discovered that dry eye is often accompanied by dry eyelid skin and dry skin around the eyes. If eyes are not getting enough moisture, it’s likely that the skin isn’t, either. One of the places from which the tear film draws moisture is the eyelid skin. Many people who complain of dry eye symptoms also have dry, flaky and sore eyelids. In addition to moisturizing the eye’s tear film, Nature’s Tears® EyeMist® also beneficially moisturizes any skin with which it comes into contact.

Dog Dry Eye

15 Jun

Be Alert for Pet Dry Eye and Be Sure Your Dog or Cat Drinks Enough Water

“Dry eye in humans is often environmentally related and has become the number one reason for United States eye doctor visits. Pets are subject to the same environmental conditions and are far more prone to eye injuries and diseases, including cat and dog dry eye. As a pet “parent,” monitoring your dog or cat’s eye health is critical. Eyes should always be kept moist and, of course, you must make sure your dog or cat eats properly and drinks enough water.”

Sharon Kleyne, syndicated radio talk show host*

The state of eye care in pets.

According to Animal Eye Care, which runs 39 ophthalmology clinics for pets, dogs and cats are subject to numerous eye diseases. The list on their website includes blepharitis, eye injuries, cataracts, conjunctivitis, corneal ulcers, eyelid masses and glaucoma.

Sharon Kleyne, entrepreneur, water and health advocate, and host of the Sharon Kleyne Hour -Power of Water syndicated radio talk show, points out that nearly all of these eye diseases are either the result of pet dry eye (a disease characterized by insufficient water content in the protective natural tear film covering the eye), or have pet dry eye as a side effect (Pet dry eye often results from diet and/or medication).

She reiterates what many veterinarians are discovering – that treatment of these diseases will be far more effective if you simultaneously treat for cat or dog dry eye.

Cat and dog dry eye.

Sharon Kleyne’s research has discovered that eye dehydration and dry eye disease among humans are more widespread than commonly reported (nearly every human suffers from occasional dry eye symptoms and it usually goes undiagnosed). “If dry eye is under-diagnosed among humans,” says Mrs. Kleyne, “the condition is almost unrecognized among professional pet care experts – despite the fact that the incidence of dry eye may be even greater among dogs and cats than among humans.”

“The good news,” according to Mrs. Kleyne, “is that there are many ways pet owners can be proactive in monitoring their pet’s eyes to keep them hydrated and healthy.

(Note: Because of the “third eyelid” membrane, a normal dog or cat eye is slightly better protected and better moisturized than a human eye. But because pets are exposed to far more high risk situations, their eyes are more subject to injuries and infections.)

Dry eye symptoms

Pet dry eye in is closely linked to conjunctivitis, red eye, blepharitis (eyelid inflammation) and corneal ulcers. Symptoms may include: (1) redness of the white part of the eye, (2) eyelid inflammation, (3) frequent eye infections and dripping, (4) lack of “shine” in the eyes or a noticeable thickening or unevenness of the tear film’s usually invisible lipid (oil) component, (5) indications of eye discomfort such as frequent squinting, blinking or pawing at the eyes, (6) unusual dryness of the fur and/or mouth.

Environmental risk factors include; (1) living in an extremely dry or desert climate, (2) frequent exposure to wind, cold and solar radiation, (3) frequent exposure to dirt (very common among dogs), dust, smoke or chemical fumes, (4) prolonged exposure to climate controlled indoor environments such as forced-air heating and cooling and insulated walls and windows.

High risk dog breeds: bulldogs, cocker spaniels, lhasa apsos and west highland white terriers.

 

Suggestions for pet eye care, including cat and dog dry eye.

  • Control exposure to high risk situations.
  • Inspect your pet’s eyes frequently, watching for symptoms described above and for symptoms of other eye diseases.
  • See your veterinarian if your pet shown any symptoms of any eye disease, including dry eye.
  • For mostly indoor pets, make sure their home is well-humidified. Open windows, have lots of plants around, set out bowls of water or purchase a room humidifier.
  • Make sure your pet is well nourished and drinks enough water every day.
  • Apply Nature’s Tears EyeMist several times a day to maintain natural tear film water content and also to keep fur well hydrated. This routine can prevent or alleviate dry eye and help reduce dry eye as a side effect of other diseases.

Suggestions for pet watering.

Pets vary in the amount of water they like to drink and getting them to drink more can be a challenge. Do not assume that they will drink the exact right amount of water “by instinct.”

  • Pets should drink one cup of water per day for every 10 pounds of weight.
  • Follow the recommended diet for your pet’s species, age, weight, state of health and lifestyle.
  • Water sitting in a bowl all day can become contaminated and also lose oxygen and therefore taste.
  • Change water bowl frequently or purchase a pet watering device.
  • Don’t let pets drink from puddles or lakes.
  • Add water to your pet’s food.
  • Offer them water occasionally – especially after activity.
  • Pets require more water if they are ill.

*Don’t miss the Sharon Kleyne Hour – Power of Water Mondays at 10 a.m. PST/PDT. The syndicated show may be heard on Voice America/World Talk Radio, Green Talk Radio and Apple iTunes. Go to http://www.SharonKleyneHour.com for summaries and replays of past shows.

Online Sources:

WebMD for pets, PetMD, Animal Eye Care, Free Drinking Water, eHow, Hugs Pet Products..

© 2011 Bio-Logic Aqua Research All Rights Reserved

Preventing and Lessening Eye Injuries

13 Jun

Eye Protection and Emergency First Aid

Note: According to the Merriam-Webster Medical Dictionary (1995), “to injure” is defined as, “to impair the soundness of.” Based on this extremely broad definition, the term “eye injury,” as used by eye care and emergency professionals, can refer to conditions ranging from the mildly uncomfortable (soap in the eye or squinting due to air pollution) to catastrophic trauma (eye penetration by a foreign object).

Eyesight Threats.

” In an emergency, eyesight threats may arise from smoke, heat, dust, fumes, airborne chemicals and particles, perspiration into the tear film, tear gas and pepper spray, mechanical injuries and impact trauma from flying objects. Injuries from of these threats may often be prevented or lessened through good eye safety practices.

” Eyesight threats may also be present in non-emergency situations. They could be caused by cleaning fluid fumes, auto exhaust, slicing onions, prolonged computer use, perspiration into the tear film, an eyelash in the eye, home shop accidents, and even insulated windows and walls and forced-air heating and cooling (which can be dehydrating to the eye’s protective tear film). These injuries may also be prevented or mitigated with good eye safety practices.

” Unprotected exposure to these eyesight threats could result in consequences ranging from mild eye discomfort to serious and permanent eye damage. Symptoms could include blurred or impaired vision, pain, dehydration (dry eye), eye strain; burning, itchy or watery eyes; eye diseases and serious physical injury (catastrophic trauma). Symptoms may be mild (sub-acute) or temporarily disorienting, or they could result in permanent eye damage and eyesight impairment or loss.

Eye Protection and First Aid.

  • Remember that in an emergency such as a burning building, impaired eyesight from dust, smoke, fumes or perspiration, could make it more difficult or impossible to get out and could cost you your life.
  • Healthy, well hydrated eyes will serve you far better in an emergency. It pays to educate yourself about eye care and practice good eye health on a daily basis.
  • Before engaging in an activity where eye injuries could occur, always:
    • Know what to do in an emergency.
    • Have a predetermined emergency first aid plan for eye and other injuries.
    • Follow good safety precautions and procedures.
    • Have emergency first aid materials available.
  • The best way to prevent eye injuries, especially from foreign objects and harmful substances, is to wear protective eyewear when in high risk situations. If you have corrective lenses, you are less likely to have an accident if you wear them.
  • Chronically dehydrated eyes, which lack sufficient moisture (water) in the protective overlying tear film, are more susceptible to certain eye injuries than fully hydrated eyes.

Specific Situations.

Fumes, smoke, tear gas, pepper spray, airborne chemicals. These conditions can make it difficult or impossible to see in an emergency and may cause permanent damage. They can also create discomfort by altering the tear film’s pH (acidity/alkalinity), osmolarity (moisture attracting ability) and moisture content. Protective eyewear helps shield eyes from certain airborne irritants. Should discomfort become extreme, irrigate eyes with a sterile eye wash spray such as Bio Med Wash, other eye wash devices, or water from a plumbed eyewash station.

Chemical or thermal burns to eyes, eyelids or skin. Spray or irrigate eyes with copious amounts of water or liquid (Bio Med Wash spray, other eye wash devices or a plumbed eyewash station). Do not blot burned areas unless caused by a chemical, such as pepper spray or tear gas that will continue to burn unless removed. If injury is severe, bandage and seek immediate medical assistance. Keep burned areas moist by spraying with a water mist. (Note: Some chemical eye washes may compound the negative effect of harmful chemicals.)

Perspiration and sunburn. Solar exposure is dehydrating to both eyes and skin and could increase perspiration run-off into the eyes, thus increasing the tear film’s salt concentration and causing discomfort. Sunburn is extremely dehydrating to eyes, and to eyelid skin that protects the eyes. Drink plenty of water during extended solar exposure or during situations that make you perspire. Water with added salt is best (a Gatorade type drink). The amount of needed water increases with temperature and activity level, but eight glasses per day are recommended. Moisturize eyes and skin with a water eye and facial mist and by drinking plenty of water.

Foreign objects (catastrophic trauma). For small objects such as sand or metal filings, irrigate and flush the affected eye with copious amounts of water, from either an all-water eye spray, plumbed eyewash station or other eye wash system, until the object(s) is removed. If there is (or if you suspect) penetration, severe pain, profuse watering or corneal scratching, bandage the eye and seek medical attention. Do not try to wash out particles that have penetrated the corneal membrane.

Contact lenses. For most eye injuries, if there is a contact lens in the eye, leave it place while flushing, irrigating or bandaging. Remove the lens only when first aid treatment is completed and the eye begins to feel normal.

Eye strain, stress, fatigue and allergies can cause body, eyes and skin to lose moisture and cause eye discomfort. Moisturize the eyes with a water mist and by drinking plenty of water.

Low humidity, heat, cold and wind increase moisture evaporation from the body’s external surfaces (eyes, skin, breathing passages) causing skin chapping, eye discomfort, dry eye, etc. Low humidity may become an eye threat in both warm and cold weather. Moisturize the eyes with a water mist and by drinking plenty of water.

© 2011 Bio-Logic Aqua Research All Rights Reserved

USDA Food Pyramid Is Now “My Plate”

13 Jun

Still not a Single Glass of Water

“The health effects of dehydration in a changing environment are becoming pervasive. Dehydration diseases such as dry eye effects 50% of the population and are becoming a crisis. While I applaud the effort and intent of the national food chart, I am concerned that it does not recommend a single glass of water.”

Sharon Kleyne, syndicated radio talk show host*

On June 2, 2011, the United States Department of Agriculture published its newly revised nutritional “Food Pyramid” for 2011. The most noticeable difference from the old version is that it is no longer a pyramid (the Food Pyramid had been around since 1992). It is now called “My Plate” and it is essentially a pie chart (except that a dinner plate apparently works better for promoting a balanced diet that a pie).

Sharon Kleyne, founder of Bio-Logic Aqua Research and host of the Sharon Kleyne Hour – Power of Water syndicated radio talk show*, applauds the government’s attempt to improve our national eating habits. “In our society,” she says, “getting people to simply cut down on burgers, fried foods, donuts and soda pop, or to even be aware of what they eat, is a major accomplishment. People often don’t realize that what you eat affects who you are and every aspect of your life and health.

Mrs. Kleyne is concerned, however, that My Plate does not recommend water as part of a balanced diet. “Water is critical,” she explains. “Especially since an obese person’s body usually contains 30 to 40 percent less water per cubic inch than the body of a lean person. A diet with too little water can lead to poor health and numerous preventable dehydration diseases. Some dehydration diseases, such as dry eye, are rapidly becoming a global public health crisis.”

My Plate’s suggestions:

Although the My Plate chart tends to be fairly middle-of-the-road and basic, it is accompanied by a list of suggestions that, according to Sharon Kleyne, is basically sound:

  • Don’t overeat
  • Eat lots of fruits and vegetables.
  • Go easy on refined, bleached grains.
  • Avoid salt, sugar, grease and “empty calories.”

Sharon Kleyne’s additional suggestions:

Water: Water is the most fundamental of all nutrients and the basis for all life on Earth. Without water, food cannot be digested, processed or utilized.. The average American drinks far too little water and there is a major health impact as a result. Excess weight makes the problem much worse. Sharon Kleyne recommends drinking a minimum of six to eight glasses of room temperature water a day (This in addition to fluids such as juice, coffee, tea and soup. Sugar and carbonated drinks are dehydrating and not recommended).

Mrs. Kleyne offers a simple suggestion for My Plate: Place a glass of water on the diagram, alongside the recommended glass of milk.

Education: Learn all you can about nutrition and digestion/absorption (nutritious foods may not always be fully digested), and keep track of what goes into your body. Proper nutrition can save lives and also save billions of dollars (Fresh produce is the biggest bargain in the grocery store). .

Grains: My Plate’s Grain recommendation may be inflated, although it has dropped from 40% of the diet on the old Food Pyramid to 30% on My Plate. Most grain foods in the American diet contain empty calories and carbohydrates that should be eliminated or cut way back. On the other hand, grain foods that are not empty calories, such as wild rice, may be too nutritionally concentrated to be eaten in large quantities. The only grain foods that might reasonably constitute 30% of a diet are bran cereal and brown rice (although All-Bran, like wild rice and unlike bran flakes, is difficult to eat in large quantities).

Eat locally: Food is most beneficial when eaten in season and when grown near where you live. Sharon Kleyne applauds Walmart’s attempts to purchase fresh meat and produce locally whenever possible rather than importing them out of season from Mexico or Chile. This not only improves freshness and nutritional benefit, it saves on transportation costs.

Nutrition and Eyes: As an internationally recognized advocate for eye health and dry eye management, Sharon Kleyne reminds everyone that a daily diet should always include “eye foods” – dark green leafy vegetables (arugula, kale and/or spinach), carrots, omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants and water! And don’t forget that sleep, exercise and stress reduction also benefit eye health and reduce dry eye symptoms.

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*Don’t miss the Sharon Kleyne Hour – Power of Water Mondays at 10 a.m. PST/PDT. The syndicated show may be heard on Voice America/World Talk Radio, Green Talk Radio and Apple iTunes. Go to http://www.SharonKleyneHour.com for summaries and replays of past shows.

Sharon Kleyne Hour “Eye Care and Nutrition” links:

1. Food for the Eyes (Dr. Alan Taylor, Tufts University Laboratory for Nutrition and Vision Research – March 12, 2011):

http://www.naturestears.com/articles/article_Food_for_the_Eyes.php

2. Preventing Dry Eye (Dr. Philip Paden, Ophthalmologist – April 7, 2008; talks at length about eyesight and nutrition):

http://www.sharonkleynehour.com/Archive2008/Dry.Eye.Personal.Moisture.Supplementation.php

Eye Care for Children

13 Jun

Healthy Eyes in Children – What to watch for and what to do.

According to Sharon Kleyne, international entrepreneur and host of the Sharon Kleyne Hour – Power of Water Radio talk show, from the moment of birth, we begin losing water and drying out. All life everywhere is a constant struggle against dehydration. Because eyes (when open) are the only part of the human body not protected by skin, and because the protective tear film covering the eyes is 98 percent water, eyes are extremely vulnerable to water loss and a lot can go wrong – especially in infants.

Parents must learn to become more proactive about their children’s eye health and visual development. The time to begin is at birth!

Sharon Kleyne has interviewed numerous pediatric vision care (baby eye care) professionals about eye care for children and infants. Here are excerpts from two of those interviews.

1. Sharon Kleyne interview (partial transcript) with LASIK Pioneer ands eye health advocate Dr. Marguerite McDonald. October 15, 2007:

Sharon Kleyne: What should a parent with a new baby look for regarding vision care?

Dr. McDonald: Actually, better hospitals routinely test infant vision. If there are no problems, they probably won’t even mention it. All babies should have a pediatric eye exam, however, because with conditions such as lazy eye, pediatric cataract (present in one birth in 50) or glaucoma, the earlier they are caught, the easier they are to correct. These conditions all cause the eye to send incorrect messages to the brain. Eventually, the brain begins ignoring messages from the bad eye. That’s when correction becomes really difficult.

S: Could you talk more about how the eyes communicate with the brain?

M: Technically, the retina is part of the brain. Eye-to-brain pathways begin developing immediately after birth and it is critical that the baby’s eyes send correct messages.

S: Do infants ever have dry eye symptoms?

M: Rarely. It is extremely difficult to detect. However, common pediatric medications for asthma and coughs are very dehydrating. In adults, of course, it is estimated that 40,000,000 people suffer from serious, chronic dry eye.

S: What do you recommend for school children with eye complaints?

M: Most schools have vision screening programs. They are able to detect poor vision because all you need is a simple eye chart. Diseases such as dry eye or glaucoma are much harder to detect.

S: Do you have any recommendations about vision and computers?

M: The average eyelid blink rate is 30 to 40 times per minute. When working at a computer, the rate can drop to three times per minute. This can cause dry eye even if your vision is perfect.

S: Have you encountered computer vision syndrome?

M: Frequently. Symptoms are drowsiness, eyes that burn or itch, and blurred vision. Fluctuating vision is also a symptom, where you strain and blink to pull your vision into focus.

S: Could you talk about nutrition and eye health?

M: Sure. Eat lots of dark green leafy vegetables and dark fruits such as blueberries. Also cold water fish and flaxseed oil. These are all excellent for eye health. As a bonus, they are also all rich in antioxidants for heart health.

2. Sharon Kleyne interview (partial summary) with Dr. Scott Jens of the AAO InfantSee program, July 6, 2009.

At age three months, babies start to separate the senses. Before that, the senses all sort of blend together in their perception. To separate the senses, they all must function properly. Eyes more than anything connect the baby to the people and world around them. Eventually, eyes are able to anticipate the other senses (you can often tell by looking at something if its hard or soft, hot or cold) and this is critical to physical coordination and intelligence.

Emotional and behavioral problems could be caused in part by early vision problems. Vision problem can affect walking, hand-eye coordination and other developmental areas. Vision could also be a factor in attention deficit disorder. The link between vision and emotional development is not well established but there is some correlation in early findings.

A parent can easily evaluate a child’s vision by observing how it tracks objects and responds to visual stimulation. Factors causing amblyopia (lazy eye) are present from birth, even though the condition may not manifest until age three.

Computer and TV use should be minimal up to age three, then carefully monitored by parents. Children engaging in these activities tend to blink far less (three to four time a minute as opposed to 30 to 40 times a minute), which can lead to excessive tear film water evaporation and dry eye problems. Children (and adults) should take a break at least once very 15 minutes.

In short, start early, observe your baby closely and don’t assume everything is OK.

Don’t miss the Sharon Kleyne Hour – Power of Water Mondays at 10 a.m. PST/PDT. The syndicated show may be heard on Voice America/World Talk Radio, Green Talk Radio and Apple iTunes. Go to http://www.SharonKleyneHour.com for summaries and replays of past shows.

Interview links:

McDonald:

http://www.sharonkleynehour.com/Archive2007/Dr.Marguerite.Caring.for.Eyes.php

InfantSee: http://www.sharonkleynehour.com/Archive2009/InfantSEE_Pediatric_Vision_Education_Screening.php