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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.

Eye Dehydration and Re-hydration

19 Oct

Post by Sharon Kleyne, Research Director, Bio-Logic Aqua Research (Guest blogger)

“Hydration,” refers to the natural moisture in skin, eyes, breathing passages, etc., essential for healthy functioning. “Dehydration” is the loss of that natural moisture, often to the detriment of health. Recent discoveries offer new ways for individuals to re-hydrate their eyes and skin.

Loss of moisture in the skin, eyes and breathing passages can weaken resistance, impair functioning and lead to numerous diseases and/or health conditions. Dehydration related health issues include dry eye syndrome, dry and/or chapped skin, dry mouth, computer eye strain (computer vision syndrome), contact lens dryness, allergies, viral and sunburn sensitivity, adult acne, dermatitis, Sjogren’s syndrome, lupus, scleroderma, and cancers of the skin and eyes.

In the past 20 years, the incidence of dehydration related health problems has increased dramatically. Bio-Logic Aqua Research attributes this to multiple causes:

  • Indoor “climate control” conditions such as forced-air heating and cooling, insulated walls and windows, low indoor humidity, etc. This includes cars as well as buildings, and especially includes jet airline travel (cabin humidity may be as low as 3%).
  • Lifestyle choices and personal habits, including contact lenses, excessive computer use, participation in extreme sports, caffeine and alcohol consumption, not drinking enough water, too much time spent indoors, cigarette smoking, medications, etc.
  • Smoke, dust, wind, extreme heat and cold and other outdoor conditions.
  • “Global drying,” resulting in too little 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 possibly global warming and ozone depletion.

Re-hydration is accomplished by:

  • Avoiding the above high-risk situations whenever possible and/or taking steps to counteract dryness (such as placing plants and/or dishes of water in a too-dry room).
  • Being aware at all times of the condition of your eyes and skin.
  • Taking positive steps to replace the lost eye and skin moisture, as described in this series.

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