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Eye Twitching and Eyelid Twitches

20 Jan

Eye twitching, eyelid tics and spasms are pretty common. Usually only the bottom lid of one eye is involved, but the top eyelid also can twitch. Most eye twitches come and go, although they can last for weeks or even months.

I once received an e-mail from a patient’s wife, who told me her left lower eyelid had been twitching for several weeks, and it was driving her crazy. Could I help?

To find a solution for eye twitching, we needed to determine the underlying cause of this annoying problem. Called myokymia in doctor lingo, these rippling muscle contractions in an eyelid can be triggered by:

  • Stress
  • Tiredness
  • Eye strain
  • Caffeine
  • Alcohol
  • Dry eyes
  • Nutritional imbalances
  • Allergies

However, this kind of eye twitching also can be hard to treat. The only option for making the twitching stop may be to figure out the cause and deal with it.Almost all sudden-onset eyelid twitching is benign, meaning the condition is not serious or a sign of a medical problem.

More serious forms of eyelid twitching are caused by neurological conditions such asblepharospasm or hemifacial spasm. These conditions are much less common and should be diagnosed and treated by an eye doctor.

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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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Symptoms and Relief of Allergy Eye

28 Jul

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.

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Eye Opening Discoveries

24 Sep

New Hydrotherapy Discoveries

By Sharon Kleyne, Research Director, Bio-Logic Aqua Research

“These new hydrotherapy discoveries, for the first time, enable individuals to take control over dry eyes through a simple and safe daily (or even hourly) moisture supplementation regimen.”

It’s called “dry eye,” “dry irritated eyes,” “ocular dehydration,” “eye strain,” “eye fatigue” or even “jet lag,” and it is experienced by nearly everyone. Within the next 20 years, dry eye problems, and dehydration related eye diseases could become a global health crisis. Recent research indicates that the immediate cause of dry eye is moisture loss in the eyes’ tear film. Numerous wider causes include lifestyle choices, environmental degradation, forced air heating and cooling systems, and global drying.

Dehydration and re-hydration.

In recent decades, dehydration related health issues, such as dry eye, dry skin, dry mouth, computer eye irritation, contact lens dryness, allergies, increased viral and sunburn sensitivity, adult acne, dermatitis, Sjogren’s syndrome, lupus, scleroderma, and cancers of the skin and eyes, have increased dramatically. Bio-Logic Aqua Research attributes this to multiple causes:

  • “Global drying,” resulting in a decrease in unpolluted and health promoting humidity in the air. Global drying is caused by rapid population growth, air and water pollution, loss of fresh water as land is developed, and ozone depletion.
  • Forced air heating and cooling systems, insulated walls and windows, low indoor humidity and other increasingly common adverse indoor conditions.
  • Smoke, dust, wind, extreme heat and cold and other outdoor conditions.
  • Contact lenses, allergies, extreme sports, caffeine and alcohol, not drinking enough water and other health and lifestyle situations.

The amazing tear film.

Dry eye mainly occurs in the tear film that covers the eyes’ exposed portions. Though only about five microns (millionths of a meter) thick, the tear film is amazingly complex.

Tear film layers:

Lipid layer. This outer layer is a thin film of fatty oils (over 100 different fats and oils have been identified), that lubricate the eyelid and slow moisture evaporation from lower layers.

Aqueous layer. The middle and thickest layer contains most of the tear film’s moisture (water). It also contains electrolytes, beneficial proteins and enzymes, and bacteria-fighting antibodies.

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

Dry irritated eyes.

Dry eye are experienced as itching, burning, irritation, eyestrain, headache, and/or a “grainy” sensation. The ultimate cause is over-concentration of salt (electrolyte), due to moisture (water) loss in the tear film’s aqueous layer. When moisture is depleted, electrolyte and other substances become over-concentrated and discomfort results. When the electrolyte is properly diluted, the discomfort vanishes.

Soothing dry eyes.

Researchers have long known that the simplest and most natural way to soothe dry irritated eyes is to add two-to-five-billionths of a liter of moisture (water) to the aqueous layer. However, a commercially viable method of achieving this was not developed until 2002. In that year, Bio-Logic Aqua Research developed a system that emulates the air’s natural humidity by applying moisture as an ultra-fine, pH-balanced (<7.0) water mist around the face rather than in the eyes. The mist droplets penetrate the lipid layer like vinegar penetrates salad oil: The oils parts, the droplets pass, and the oil closes. This new hydrotherapy discovery, for the first time, enables individuals to take personal control over dry eyes through a simple and safe daily (or even hourly) moisture supplementation regimen.

Formulated Eye Drops.

Prior to 2002, the solution to dry irritated eyes had been formulated eye drops delivered with an eye dropper. Eye drops pose several drawbacks: (1) They are artificial chemical formulations, (2) eye droppers may be difficult to use, unsanitary and even dangerous, (3) eye droppers place far too much liquid into the eye, (4) drops are ineffective for many people, and (5) eye drops lack the pure, titratable (minute dosage) water required by a dehydrated aqueous layer.

The best of both worlds.

The primary benefit of formulated eye drops is trapping and sealing existing tear film moisture to slow moisture loss. Drops accomplish this most effectively when the tear film’s moisture content is at full capacity. For best results, therefore, an ultra-fine water mist should be applied immediately before eye drops. A good eye mist may also be applied between eye drop applications, or when eye drops are not convenient.

Bio-Logic Aqua Research has developed a new category hydrotherapy product that is (1) the only eye care product applied as a mist, and (2) the only eye care product containing 100% pure and safe, all natural, pH-balanced (6.49), minerally correct, tissue culture grade water ideal for tear film penetration.

Courtesy of Bio-Logic Aqua Research- http://www.biologicaquaresearch.com