Friday, February 12, 2016

New Research- Association of Macular Degeneration and Heart Disease


Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) and Heart Disease


Did your eye doctor diagnosed you with maculardegeneration ( AMD) and showed you pictures of your eye balls.  There are little white dots showing up called drusen bodies within  your eye ball which are blocking your central vision. 

Ever wondered if your high cholesterol levels and heart health are related to macular degeneration?  The answer is YES.  These drusen bodies are actually lipid deposits from your blood.  Want to prevent vision loss from macular degeneration- take care of your cholesterol and heart.
  

What are drusen bopdies?

Drusen are yellow deposits under the retina. Drusen are made up of lipids, a fatty protein. They are an early sign of developing macular degeneration (AMD). 

New research indicates a strong correlation of macular degeneration with coronary artery diseases (CAD) and hypertension.  .

Association of Macular Degeneration with Heart Disease

This research study is performed a retrospective chart review of more than 13,000 patients at the Lexington Veterans Affairs Medical Center.  Patients diagnosed as having macular degeneration are subjects , and patients diagnosed with cataract and no macular degeneration served as controls. This study examined the prevalence of cardiovascular disease and associated risk factors in both groups u
Results indicate a strong correlation between macular degeneration and cardiovascular diseases.  Not surprising since drusen bodies being lipids in nature are also depositing in arteries. 

This blog is a brief summary of an article published in South Med J. 2015;108(8):502-506. 



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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

How to keep your eyes healthy and prevent dry eyes!

How to keep your eyes healthy and Prevent Dry Eyes

Regular Eye Examination is Important. 

An eye examination that includes pupil dilation can detect many common disease conditions such as glaucoma, diabetes, and macular degeneration in their early stages.  Eye is the window to your soul - very true.

Wear Sunglasses to Protect from UV Damage and wind for dry eyes. 

Ultra violet rays from the sun can be damaging to your eyes as well as your skin.  Be sure to select sunglasses that block out 99 to 100 percent of both the UV-A and UV-B radiation.  If you have dry eyes, be sure to select the wrap around sunglasses to shield away the wind which can make your dry eye symptoms worse.  

Rest your eyes


If you spend a lot of time at the computer, cell phone, watching TV, it's important to rest your eyes to prevent eye strain. Typical eye problems include red, irritated eyes, blurry vision, headaches, and fatigue.  We even have a name for this problem called "Computer Vision Syndrome"  Try the 20-20-20 rule: Every 20 minutes, look away about 20 feet in front of you for 20 seconds. 

Clean your contact lenses

Always wash your hands thoroughly before putting in or taking out your contact lenses. Hand lotion, dirt can cause eye infections, and cause your contact lenses not to wet properly. Make sure to disinfect contact lenses as instructed and replace them as directed.

Stop Smoking

Cigarette smoke is known to affect eye health in addition to being bad for your body. Research has linked smoking to an increased risk of developing dry eyes, macular degeneration, cataracts and optic nerve damage, all of which can lead to blindness.

Slim Down- Stay Healthy


You have probably heard this many times, besides the social stigma, being overweight or obese increases your risk of developing diabetes, heart disease and other systemic conditions, which can lead to vision loss ( diabetic retinopathy) and glaucoma. 

Family History of eye diseases

It’s important to know if anyone in your family has been diagnosed with an eye disease or condition since many of these eye disorders are hereditary.  Conditions such as chronic dry eyes, Blepharitis, glaucoma, Sjogren's syndrome and more.  



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Saturday, February 6, 2016

What does Make Up do to Contact Lens and Dry Eyes


Make Up Impact on Contact Lenses and Dry Eyes


Application of mascara to eye lashes has been a concern for contact lens wearers for years.1  This blog describes how mascara affects contact lenses, your eye balls and what precautions to take to avoid damages to your eye health which often results in chronic dry eyes.  


How fast does mascara get onto your eye balls?


Recent research indicates oarticles from masacara reaches the precorneal tear film within 30 minutes of application.2 These particles may also adhere to the corneal epithelium, the conjunctiva, and other ocular surface regions and may result in vision related problems, contact dermatitis, and loss of eye lashes puffy and swollen eye lashes.  This is particularly important in people with Blepharitis  


How does mascara affect your contact lenses?

New research performed in laboratories indicates that mascara deposits on the surface of contact lens materials and affects the lens wettability. 

Clean and new contact lenses were evaluated upon exposure to the following contaminants-

- hand creams
- eye make up removers
- mascara

Measurements were taken before and after the experiments.  The dirty contact lenses under went a 6- hour cleaning cycle using Clear Care.

Results indicate mascara resulted the most damage to pixel brightness ( transparency of the contact lenses) and left the most visible deposits on the lenses.  In addition, non-waterproof mascara resulted in the a lot of damage to transparency, and watery proof mascara particles stayed on the lenses even after 6-hour cleaning.  

Overall, hand creams and eye make up removers had minimum impact on contact lenses- the cleaning system was able to restore the lens condition.  

For people with high propensity of Blepharitis - inflammation of the eye lids,  wearing mascara may bring on the onset of this chronic eye condition resulting in chronic dry eyes.

this blog is a brief summary of a publication from .Ocular Surface New, Jan. 21, 2016



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1. Tlachac CA. Cosmetics and contact lenses. Optom Clin. 1994;4(1):35-45.
2. Goto T, Zheng X, Gibbon L, Ohashi Y. Cosmetic product migration onto the ocular surface: Exacerbation of migration after eyedrop instillation. Cornea. 2010;29(4):400-403.
3. Srinivasan S, Otchere H, Yu M, Yang J, Luensmann D, Jones L. Impact of Cosmetics on the Surface Properties of Silicone Hydrogel Contact Lenses. Eye Contact Lens. Jul 2015;41(4):228-235.


Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Blepharitis and Eye Make Up- Do's and Don'ts

Blepharitis and Eye Make-up Do’s and Don’ts


Wearing make-up to enhance beauty dates back to ancient times.  Many of the eye make up consisted of  of toxic mixtures such as copper, belladonna, nitric acid, lead ore, mercury, bird droppings and even burnt matchsticks.   Cosmetics have come a long way since then, but without proper use, they can still greatly affect the eyes and tear film negatively, especially when you have a dry eye condition called BLEPHARITIS.

Blepharitis is an inflammatory eye condition that results in sticky crusty build up on eye lashes.  It is a chronic eye condition that results in inflammation, puffy, red and soar eye lids and dry eyes.  Because blepharitis involve eye lids and eye lashes, eye make up becomes intolerable.  


We highly recommend people with Blepharitis do not wear any make up until they totally recover.  Yes, you can totally recover and start wearing some eye make up once you recover.  Talk to Theralife and learn how.  


A little education can go a long way to forming good habits to keep eyes healthy.

Where to apply 
Eyeliner should never be placed directly on the lid margin as it covers meibomian gland openings which can lead to unhealthy blockages - called meibomian gland dysfunction

What to avoid 

Waterproof eye make-up is difficult to remove. According to a recent Twitter survey approximately 1/3 of women don’t always remove their make-up before bed. Removal often requires the use of harsh cleansers that strip naturally occurring oils from the skin resulting in red, irritated puffy eye lids. One natural option is to use organic coconut oil and it doesn’t contain harsh preservatives.

Avoid powder and glitter-based eye shadows, foundations and blush, and recommend cream-based make-up instead. Powder and glitter can easily become incorporated into the tear film on your eye balls causing irritation.

When to replace
Replace make-up often. We recommend buying new products every 3 months, particularly mascara and eyeliner. Make-up should be immediately discarded after an eye infection and sharing is never a good idea - these are especially important tips for young patients who are more likely to borrow from friends.

Batting an eyelash
Darker, fuller, longer eyelashes are touted in most mascara commercials and perceived key to beautiful looking eyes. Other althernative methods such as permanent lid tattoos, eyelash dyes or false lashes which are applied using adhesive backing or glue can cause allergy, and damage to the meibomian glands and lid tissue, increasing the risk for long-term dry eye disease. Never never do these eye lash enhancements if you have blepharitis.
 
This blog is a brief summary of a publication from ocular surface news, Jan. 21, 2016  


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Monday, February 1, 2016

New Research - Autologous Serum Drop as Sjogren's Treatment


Autologus serum drops are beneficial as treatment for Sjogren's Dry Eyes.  

New research indicate autologous serum drops can provide benefits for people with Sjogren's dry eyes.  Autologus serum drops are prepared from one's own blood by a licensed compounding pharmacist.  

Sj√∂gren’s Syndrome is an autoimmune disease affecting moisture producing secretory glands with severe signs of dry eye and dry mouth. Treatment often involves the use of potent anti-inflammatory such as Plaquenil, Methotrexate, Prednisone and artificial tear drops.  It is also well known that frequent use of artifical eye drops make eyes drier- washing away all the natural lubricants eyes produce.  TheraLife Eye help revive and restore tear secretion glands to help produce your own natural tears for dry eye relief.  See section below.  

In a research study, autologous serum drops have shown to be effective in the management of Sjogren's dry eyes because it contain vitamins, growth factors and other components similar to natural tears. The purpose of this research study was to evaluate the efficacy and safety of AS eye drops combined with punctal plugs in patients with Sjogren's related dry eye. 
  
This was a retrospective study of a total of 56 eyes of 28 patients diagnosed with primary or secondary Sjogren's Syndrome with symptoms of dry eye and a history of treatment with Autologous Serum eye drops. Schirmer test value ( measure tear volume), tear breakup time (TBUT)- measure tear viscosity- thickness, and fluorescein and Rose Bengal  staining scores at baseline, 3 months, 6 months, 1 year, and >1 year after treatment were evaluated.   

Conclusion - long-term application of AS eye drops was found to be an effective and safe treatment for SS dry eye.

The addition of ppunctal plugs in combination with Autologous  eye drops was found to have an additive effect on SJogren's dry eye. Sjogren's require aggressive therapy in order to prevent ocular surgace damage. 


This blog is a brief extract from Br J Ophthalmol 83:390-395 doi:10.1136/bjo.83.4.390
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Friday, January 15, 2016

Autologous Serum Drops for Chronic Dry Eye Treatment


Autologous Serum  Drops for Chronic Dry Eye Treatment


Autologous serum has been used as an eye drop to treat severe chronic dry eye treatments for a long time.  We will be discuss some of the pros, cons and precautions with using autologous serum drops as dry eye treatment. 

Autologous serum is prepared from one’s own blood, which is more compatible with one’s own tear composition.  It also contain many of the proteins, growth factors that one needs to promote healthy cornea.  Many people with Sjogren's are on or have been on autologous serum drop to treat their severe dry eyes.  The preparation is often done in a compounding pharmacy and stored in bottles for application. 

Bacterial Contaminationof Autologous Serum Drops

Derived from biological fluid (blood) autologous serum naturally has a high protein content, potentially creating a media for flourishing bacteria.  While a preservative could be added, its toxic effects could be harmful. Factors related to patient compliance ( storage conditions, contamination of the bottle tip to eye lids, dirty surfaces etc.) can often lead to eye infections.  .

A 2013 study cultured bottles of autologous serum eye drops from 21 dry eye patients and found that close to 4% were positive for either bacterial or fungal growth even before the bottles were opened. 1 For this reason, the use of specialty sterilizing containers has been studied. Lopez-Garcia and colleagues2 compared bottles with adapted mechanical filters versus conventional containers. After 7 days of use, almost 30% of non-filtered, conventional containers were contaminated, whereas after 1 month of use, only about 2% of filtered containers were contaminated. Consider consulting with your compounding pharmacy about ways to improve sterilization in the bottles of autologous serum eye drops.
  

Plasma Rich  in PRGF v.s. Traditional Autologous Serums Drops


Another approach is potentially using a plasma rich in growth factors (PRGF), as opposed to traditional autologous serum.3 While traditional autologous serum contains growth factors, neuropeptides, and vitamins that are common in the tear film, it can also include proinflammatory cytokines and immunoglobulins. Plasma, however, with an enriched platelet concentration (and with red and white blood cells removed) can also provide all of these beneficial growth factors and neurotrophic peptides but without the proinflammatory molecules. Only a few preclinical and clinical studies have been performed to date, all with positive findings,

Use of autologous eye drops for people with severe dry eyes can be life changing  There is currently no standardized protocol for how it should be prepared, stored, dosed, or discarded. Education and compliance are a must for successful therapy. 

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1.        Thanathanee O, Phanphruk W, Anutarapongpan O, et al. Contamination risk of 100% autologous serum eye drops in management of ocular surface diseases.Cornea. 2012;32(8):1116-9. 2. Lopez-Garcia J, Garcia-Lozano I. Use of containers with sterilizing filter in autologous serum eyedrops. Ophthalmol. 2012;119(11):2225-30. 3. Anitua E, Muruzabal F, Tayebba A, et al. Autologous serum and plasma rich in growth factors in ophthalmology: preclinical and clinical studies. Acta Ophthalmol. 2015;93:e605-14. 

Friday, November 20, 2015

What you should eat to prevent eye diseases, Dry Eyes, AMD, Diabetic Retinopathy.


Eat Right to Prevent Eye Diseases- Dry Eyes, AMD, Diabetic Retinopathy


There are many publications about diet and AMD - (Age related Macular Degeneration) .

However, there is a general lack of knowledge on nutrition and diet to prevent eye diseases,in particular dry eyes, AMD and diabetic retinopathy.  

Here is a general outline for diet on weekly basis.  

·         Eat your leafy greens… a handful a day keeps AMD away!
·         Eat cold water fish four times a week. Choose sustainable fish that is low in contaminants, like wild Alaskan salmon, mackerel (not king mackerel), rainbow trout or sardines.
·         Eat orange peppers (they are high in zeaxanthin), two peppers per week, cooked or raw.
·         Eat eggs, including the yolk. Eggs contain lutein which is highly absorbed by the body. Having four per week is ideal.
·         Avoid high glycemic index and high glycemic load foods like refined grains and sugars. These foods are linked to diabetes and AMD.
This is a summary from studies and publications from Dr. Barbara Pelletier is an optomestrist and author of Eyefoods: A Food Plan for Healthy Eyes


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