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What is the Eye? (Part 2)

5 Feb

Just How Does That Crazy Eyeball Work? Sharon Kleyne Wants You To Understand the Eye.

Sharon Kleyne, host of the nationally syndicated radio program, The Sharon Kleyne Hour Power of Water, Global Climate Change and Your Health on Voice America, wants you to have the healthiest eyes on earth. How do you get them? By learning everything there is to know about your eyes and precious eyesight. In the case of the eye, ignorance is never bliss. In this Series, Kleyne hopes to ‘open your eyes’ to the miracle of those two squishy marbles hanging out in their caves on either side of your nose.

“When we ponder what the eye is,” says Sharon Kleyne, “we simultaneously think about how the eye works.” Kleyne says we start with the cornea. That is where light rays come in. It was Shakespeare who wrote that the eyes are the windows of the soul, and that’s fair enough, yet it’s the cornea that is the window of the eye. The cornea also possesses a super power, a refractive power that bends light rays. This refractive power bends the light rays so that they can pass through the pupil, which is at the center of the iris, and that is how the cornea makes it all possible for light to enter the eye. The corner also keeps unwanted particles out of the eye. Without light, there is no sight.

The iris also plays a critical role in the working of the eye. The iris acts like a camera shutter. Manipulating the light that enters the eye, the iris shrinks and expands what is seen. Next, the light rays pass through the natural crystalline lens; the lens is clear and flexible and it acts like a camera lens. It does so by shortening and lengthening width, which allows it to focus the light rays appropriately. In a way, this lens rather acts like those fun house mirrors at carnivals. The lens focuses light through a vitreous humor, which is a substance much like a gel. This gel actually packs the back of the eye and helps it to retain its more or less circular shape. This gel also give essential support to the retina.

Sharon Kleyne describes how the retina takes the image that the cornea puts into focus through the eye’s internal lens and turns it into electrical impulses. These impulses are then carried by the optic nerve to the brain. Kleyne says that you will still be able to see if you don’t know how your eyes work, but it’s smarter to educate yourself. “You only have two eyes,” says Kleyne, “(if you’re lucky) and you shouldn’t ever take them for granted.”

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Best Relief for Eye Strain and Tired Eyes

10 Jul

Eye strain is a common complaint also called “tired eyes” or “eye fatigue.” The scientific name is asthenopia. The condition can have numerous causes and the best relief is often  determined by the exact cause.

 

Eye strain complaints:

  • Drowsiness
  • Pain around the eyes
  • Headache
  • Sore neck
  • Blurred vision

 

Eye strain causes:

  • Tightening/overworking of the minute ciliary muscles inside the eye
  • Inflammation caused by tear film moisture evaporation and dry eye

 

Examples of eye strain triggers:

  • Lack of sleep
  • Reading
  • Computer use
  • Tedious activities involving the eyes
  • Driving
  • Incorrect eyeglass prescription or contact lenses intolerance.
  • Irritants such as air pollution, smoke, dust and low humidity/dry air.

 

Best eye strain relief:

  • Look around the room or out the window every hour or so (for computer users for best relief of ciliary muscle fatigue).
  • Don’t forget to blink (staring at a computer can drop your reflexive blink rate from 20 times a minute to five times a minute. This exposes the eye to increased tear film evaporation causing dry eye and inflammation).
  • Room lighting is best when dimmer than the TV screen, with no glare.
  • Wear sunglasses for best eye relief while driving in bright light, when sun is in your eyes. or when it’s hazy out.
  • Apply Nature’s Tears® EyeMist® as often as desired to soothe and humidify timed eyes and increase tear film water content.
  • Get some sleep – or at least rest your eyes.
  • Have your eyes checked regularly. Once a year is best.
  • Drink at least eight glasses of water per day.

 

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Healthy Vision: Tips For Preventing Computer Eye Strain From @TheLASIKDoc

17 Aug

RT @TheLASIKDoc Work at a #computer all day? Make sure that your time spent on the computer is not hurting your #vision:

Make sure that your time spent on the computer is not hurting your vision. Growing up in this day and age, it is becoming more and more common to include technology into our daily life and activities. For some, this could include talking away on your cell phone or Bluetooth to different people across the country. For others, it could mean reading your paperback book off of an iPad or Kindle, rather than carrying around an actual hard copy.” Read More

An Ophthalmologist Describes the Global Dry Eye Crisis

24 Jan

Sharon Kleyne, host of the Sharon Kleyne Hour Power of Water syndicated radio talk show, interviewed Philip Paden, MD, an Ophthalmologist in Medford, Oregon. They discussed the global dry eye crisis, eye health and nutrition, pediatric vision care and macular degeneration. The interview may be heard on-demand on World Talk Radio, Voice America, Green Talk Network and Apple iTunes.

The Sharon Kleyne Hour Power of Water is interested in the complex links between dry eye disease, dry air, polluted humidity, climate change, indoor and outdoor environments and the need to drink more water.

During the interview, Sharon Kleyne asked Dr. Paden about the status of dry eye disease in the United States and worldwide. He indicated that the five worst US cities for dry eye are, in order, Las Vegas, Lubbock, TX, El Paso, TX, Midland/Odessa, TX and is Dallas, TX.

Outside the US, according to Dr. Paden, the situation is much worse. He said that in Argentina, the air is so bad, partly because of ozone layer thinning, that they recommend spending no more than three hours a day outdoors. Air quality is also problematic in China, India, Mexico, Brazil and Australia.

The eye’s tear film, he said, has been taking a beating and the main culprit is lack of air moisture, or polluted humidity from climate change, technology and population growth. Dry air and polluted humidity increase water evaporation from the tear film.

Regarding nutritional suggestions for maintaining a healthy tear film during the dry eye crisis, Dr. Paden recommended dark green leafy vegetables such as kale, chard, spinach and leaf lettuce. He also recommends flax seed oil and omega-3 fatty acids.

Sharon Kleyne asked about children’s visual health and pediatric vision care. Dr. Paden indicated that barring injury or major illness, children’s eyes are pretty resilient. Most problems develop as we age. He added that retinal blastoma, or melanoma of the eye, which occasionally turn up in infants, used to be invariably fatal and now usually no longer is. Eye cancer symptoms include inflammation of the outside of the eye, diminished peripheral vision, etc.

Regarding macular degeneration, Dr. Paden explained that the disease usually occurs in older people but occasionally turns up in teenagers. The retina loses pigment and deteriorates. The good news is that studies show that proper diet can reduce the chances of macular degeneration by 50% or more.

How To Relieve The Symptoms Of Allergy Eye

22 Sep

An “allergy” may be defined as “an adverse immunological reaction to a substance that normally does not produce such a reaction.” Adverse reactions to things like pollen, mold spores and pet dander (called “allergens”), are allergies because most people are not bothered by them. An adverse reaction to cigarette smoke or bee stings is not technically an allergy because nearly everybody reacts to them.

The eye’s first line of defense against allergies and other irritants is the complex and extremely thin tear film that covers the eyes’ exposed surface. The tear film is 99% water. The remainder of the tear film consists of salt, proteins, antibodies, lipids, etc.

Factors such as air pollution, dry air, heat, wind, forced air heating and cooling and even stress can cause your tear film to lose water. If you happen to be sensitive to allergens such as pollen, the reaction will be more severe if your tear film is too dry and not functioning at full capacity. It is common knowledge among specialists that allergy eye (especially pollen allergies) is worse in hot, dry weather and better in cool, humid weather when it is easier to maintain the tear film’s natural moisture balance.

Standard eye drops may be ineffective against allergy eye because the large drops can wash away the natural tear film, including the evaporation-slowing lipid layer. Also, chemicals in these products can create their own adverse or allergic reactions.

Allergy Eye and Dry Eye Symptoms.

Itching, redness, blurred vision, burning, eyelid swelling or redness, excessive tearing, grainy feeling, eye strain, fatigue, heavy eyelids,  and light sensitivity are some allergy eye and dry eye symptoms.

Reducing allergens/minimizing symptoms.

  • Stay indoors when the pollen count is at its peak, especially in mid-morning and early evening.
  • Keep windows closed and use air-conditioning during peak allergy seasons.
  • Wear glasses or sunglasses outdoors during peak seasons.
  • Allergy-proof your home; put dust-mite-proof covers on bedding and pillows; clean surfaces with a damp mop, rag, or shampooer rather than dry sweeping or dusting.
  • Keep pets outdoors as much as possible if you have pet allergies.
  • Reduce molds by keeping indoor humidity moderate. Shoot for 40% to 50% relative humidity at 70 degrees.
  • Remove contact lenses as soon as symptoms appear.

Standard remedies.

  • Cold compresses on the eyes.
  • Oral antihistamines (may cause drowsiness).
  • Eye drops and redness relievers.
  • See your doctor about mast cell stabilizers, non-steroidal anti-inflammatories and immunotherapy.

Maintaining tear film health.

  • Put bowls of water in your house, especially when heater or air conditioner is on.
  • Take frequent long, luxuriant baths and/or showers.
  • Let as much fresh air into the house as you can, especially the bathroom.
  • Apply a pure-water mist before and after facial cleansing and any time eyes or face feel dry and/or uncomfortable.

© 2010 Bio-Logic Aqua Research

Sports and Vision Care (Part 1)

1 Mar

Although the range of sports is extremely diverse, many popular activities can affect the eyes and a wise person needs to be aware of this. Sports such as tennis, handball, baseball, hiking, running, cycling and basketball tend to produce prodigious perspiration. Everyone who engages in these sports knows that getting sweat in your eyes is, at the very least, uncomfortable. Continue reading

Tired Eyes and Eye Make-Up

5 Jan

Sooner or later, people who wear cosmetic eye make-up such as mascara and eye liner realize that these applications can sometimes make eyes feel dry, tired and uncomfortable, especially in situations that are stressful to eyes such as staying up late, spending long hours at a computer, or attending gatherings where there is drinking and smoking.

A common method of relieving the discomfort of tired and strained eyes is to apply chemically formulated eye drops. However, research confirms what most make-up wearers already know, that applying eye drops while wearing make-up could be counter-productive, not to mention messy.

Here’s why:

  • When you apply eye drops, some of the drop formulation often ends up on the eyelid.
  • If there is make-up on the eyelid, the drops could dissolve the make-up and mix with it.
  • The mixture of eye drop and make-up could then flow back into the eyes, causing additional irritation and redness.
  • This process is called “backflow” and it occurs fairly often.

Even if you don’t use eye drops while wearing make-up, cosmetics often cause eyes to feel less than fresh. That ‘s because leaving eyeliner and mascara on lids and lashes for too long can dehydrate (dry out) the eyelid skin which, in turn, can dry out the all-important tear film resulting in irritation, redness and dry eye symptoms.

Applying an all-natural, pure water moisturizer in the form of a fine mist can help prevent make-up from drying out your eyelid skin and causing discomfort.