Thursday, September 22, 2011

How to treat Ocular Allergy, Dry Eyes, avoid Glaucoma with TheraLife Eye

The number of people has allergies or asthma is one in five!
Allergy patients can present themselves with itchy, red, watery and dry eyes. They often complain of having a constant cold.  Chronic dry eye is often associated with ocular allergy.  Want to know what medications are prescribed and how the doctors diagnose ocular allergies and more?  Read on - - - -
Allergy in the United States is very common and is considered a systemic condition that is treatable.  About one third of the patients who has allergies are not aware they have this condition.  Patients who suspect they suffer from allergies usually first visit their family practitioner, who may refer them to an allergist. These patients often end up taking an oral systemic medication, and treatment often leads to chronic dry eye, glaucoma and more eye issues.
Why your allergist and eye doctors should work as a team.
Although allergy also affects the eyes, systemic antihistamines are partially effective at alleviating ocular symptoms (e.g. itching and redness), and they have also been shown to contribute to secondary dry eye problems. Allergists and general practitioners tend to lack slit lamps, which can provide more information regarding ocular health. Optometrists and ophthalmologist are an integral care to both identify and manage ocular surface problems.
Many of your optometrists or ophthalmologists can refer you to an allergist. They should work as an integral team for this wide spread problem.
What kind of symptoms do allergy patients exhibit?
Patients, who have allergies, though don't know it, often have this symptom:
1.      Recurrent cold” that occurs around the same time every year,
2.      Profound Itchy- how this is different than dry eye>
Exhibit a papillary conjunctiva reaction that is not always present in patients who have dry eye – they will complain of profound itching. “You can have some level of itching with dry eye, but its hallmarks are more the foreign body sensation, grittiness, discomfort and reflex tearing. And usually with allergy, there is more redness in the eye.”

3.      Lower lids may reveal dark half circles. This swelling and discoloration is indicative of allergy.

4.      Constantly rubbing nose up and down.

Allergy and Glaucoma:

Allergists are aware that some allergy medications can cause the pupil to dilate and prompt angle-closure attacks in patients who have very narrow angles or undiagnosed angle-closure glaucoma, building up intra-ocular pressure.

Allergy and Chronic Dry Eyes.
Many of these patients and those patients being treated for systemic allergies are at risk for concomitant dry eye, as several OTC drugs contain preservatives that put patients at risk for this condition.  During the patient exam, the eye doctor can be on the lookout for any signs of ocular dryness, via slit lamp exam.
What Prescription Medications are used to treat Allergy?
Intranasal Corticosteroids for Ocular Allergy- Veramust ( GlaxoSmithKline)

Prescription Ocular Allergy Drugs
► Alcaftadine 0.25% (Lastacaft, Allergan) Age of use: two years +, Dosing: q.d.
► Azelastine hydrochloride 0.05% (Optivar, Meda) Age of use: three years +, Dosing: b.i.d.
► Bepotastine besilate 1.5% (Bepreve, ISTA Pharmaceuticals) Age of use: two years, + Dosing: b.i.d.
► Cromolyn sodium 4% (Opticrom, Allergan) Age of use: four years +, Dosing: q.i.d.
► Emedastine difumarate 0.05% (Emadine, Meda) Age of use: three years +, Dosing: q.i.d.
► Epinastine HCI 0.05% (Elestat, Allergan) Age of use: three years +, Dosing: b.i.d.
► Lodoxamide tromethamine 0.1% (Alomide, Alcon) Age of use: two years +, Dosing: q.i.d.
► Loteprednol etabonate 0.2% (Alrex, Bausch + Lomb) Age of use: Safety and effectiveness in children has not been established. Dosing q.i.d.
► Loteprednol etabonate 0.5% (Lotemax, Bausch + Lomb) Age of use: Safety and effectiveness in pediatric patients have not been established. Dosing: q.i.d.
► Nedocromil sodium 2% (Alocril, Allergan) Age of use: three years +, Dosing: b.i.d.
► Olopatadine hydrochloride 0.2% (Pataday, Alcon) Age of use: two years +, Dosing: q.d.
► Olopatadine hydrochloride 0.1% (Patanol, Alcon) Age of use: three years +, Dosing: b.i.d.
► Pemirolast potassium 0.1% (Alamast, Vistakon Pharmaceuticals, LLC) Age of use: three years +, Dosing: q.i.d.

* Be sure to check these drugs for their individual preservative amounts. Which makes dry eye symptoms worse.
1.      Spangler DL, Abelson MB, Ober A, Gomes PJ. Randomized, double-masked comparison of olopatadine ophthalmic solution, mometasone furoate monohydrate nasal spray, and fexofenadine hydrochloride tablets using the conjunctival and nasal allergen challenge models. Clin Ther. 2003 Aug;25(8): 2245-2267.
2. Abelson MB, Welch DL. An evaluation of onset and duration of action of Patanol (olopatadine hydrochloride ophthalmic solution 0.1%) compared to Claritin (loratadine 10 mg) tablets in acute allergic conjunctivitis in the conjunctival allergen challenge model. Acta Ophthalmol Scand Suppl. 2000;(230): 60-63.
3. Ouslter GW, Workman DA, Torkildsen GL. An open-label, investigator masked, crossover study of the ocular drying effects of two antihistamines, topical epinastine and systemic loratadine, in adult volunteers with seasonal allergic conjunctivitis. Clin Ther 2007 Apr;29(4): 611-616.
4. Pew Internet and American Life Project. Fox S. The Social Life of Health Information, 2011. http://pewinternet.org/Reports/2011/Social-Life-of-Health-Info/Summary-of-Findings/Section-2.aspx
5. Stewart MG. Identification and management of undiagnosed allergic rhinitis in adults and children. Clin Exp Allergy 2008;38(5):751-760.
6. Rosenwasser LJ, Mahr T, Abelson MB, et al. A comparison of olopatadine 0.2% ophthalmic solution versus fluticasone furoate nasal spray for the treatment of allergic conjunctivitis. Allergy Asthma Proc. 2008 Nov-Dec;29(6): 644-653.

This article is a short abstract from July issue of Optometric Management.

How TheraLife Eye can help!

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TheraLife Eye is an all-natural botanical product that does not have some of the side effects of anti-histamines (dehydration, dizziness, fatigue and Dry Eyes) or drugs.  TheraLifeâ Eye Enhanced has ingredients that relieve symptoms of Allergy Eyes as well as Dry Eyes.  For more information, see TheraLifeâ Dry Eye at www.theralife.com/enhance.html

1.  Allergy medications- we recommend Claritin – a mast cell stabilizer. 

2.  Use a Hepa filter air cleaner

3. Leave outer clothing and shoes outside before coming into the house to avoid tracking allergens indoors.

DO NOT USE ANTIHISTAMINES – e.g. Benydryl,

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Thursday, September 1, 2011

Blepharitis- Red Crusty Dry Eyes- Causes, Symptoms and Treatments by TheraLife Eye

 
This story sounds familiar?  Your have been diagnosed with dry eyes, you use eye drops, warm compress, cleaning eye lids with baby shampoo, and your eyes are still red, dry, and irritable.  What else could be going on?
Red dry eyes are often caused by:
  • chronic dry eye
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Blepharitis
Chronic Dry Eye Syndrome:
Red eyes is a typical chronic dry eye syndrome, in addition to feeling dry, tired, irritated, light sensitive, sandy gritty, and sometimes watery.
Conjunctivitis
Conjunctivitis is caused by viral or bacterial infection.  Bacterial conjunctivitis can be treated with antibiotic eye drops. Viral infections typically runs through a 14 day cycle and stop.  For ocular herpes, please consult your physician.  Acyclovir is often the treatment of choice for herpes.
Blepharitis:
Blepharitis is a recurring condition caused by inflammation of the eye lids.  Meibomian tear glands (produce tear thickness) is often involved.  Common causes include rosacea, dandruff, sometimes allergies, bacterial growth on the eye lids.  Typical recommendation is to use warm compress daily, clean eye lids with baby shampoo followed by gentle massage of both upper and lower eye lids.  Unfortunately, blepharitis tend to recur.  Eye lid hygiene is key.
Symptoms of blepharitis are very similar to red dry eyes - blurry vision, watery, red, tired, light sensitivity and often wake up with a crusting of eyelashes.
How can TheraLife Eye Help?
TheraLife Eye is effective in reducing inflammation and stimulates tear flow for chronic dry eye relief.  Often people with chronic dry eyes also have blepharitis.  Treating chronic dry eyes reduces the inflammation, and also helps to reduce the recurrence of blepharitis.  It is highly recommended that those who have blepharitis stay on TheraLife Eye long term to increase the rate of success.
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Menopause Dry Eyes Caused by Hormone Imbalance

 
Menopause dry eye affects more than 60% of the middle age women who are either peri-menopausal, in menopause or postmenopausal.  Hormone imbalance and aging is largely to blame.  Symptoms of menopause hot flashes, insomnia, vaginal dryness, mood swings, fatigue, headaches and dry eyes.  The eyes usually feel dry, itchy, red, irritated and light sensitive.
The most common solution for dry eye remains to be eye drops-, which covers up the symptoms, and over time with frequent usage, the drops wash away the mucin, lipids and proteins that protect the eye.  The eyes become conditioned to secret less tears and become drier.
Another conventional approach is to block the eyes tear drainage system (punctal plugs) at the lower eyelids or sometimes both lower and upper eyelids.  In some cases, the drainage is permanently cauterized (closed) in order to back up tears to provide comfort.  In some cases, the plugs fall out, and the chances of eye infections increase due to poor drainage.
For moderate to severe dry eyes, very often, a prescription eye drop of cyclosporin is prescribed.  When patients have tried all these approaches and their eyes still hurt that is where TheraLife Eye Enhanced can help.

1. How TheraLife Eye Can Help
TheraLife Eye Enhanced is an all natural botanical product that stimulates the tear glands to secrete sustainable, balanced,  natural tears.  It does so by an intra-cellular mechanism called Mito-Activiation where intracellular activities of the tear glands increase and restore its normal function.  TheraLife has conducted clinical trials in patients with various dry eye and medical conditions with amazing results.  See section below, which describes the TheraLife Eye Enhanced Difference.
2. "TheraLife Menopausal Support"- All Natural, Safe and Effective
Hormone balance is vital to menopausal dry eye in women.  Menopausal dry eye is usually initiated by hormone imbalance.  For this reason, TheraLife sought for a product that will help achieve hormone balance during dry eye therapy in conjunction with TheraLife Eye Enhanced.
TheraLife Eye- Women’s Menopausal Support Formula is formulated to the exacting specifications of certified nutritionists. It contains recommended potencies of key ingredients, Black Cohosh plus soy isoflavones are combined with essential nutrients like calcium, folic acid, and B-vitamins, that have been shown to support normal hormonal levels during menopause. This synergistic blend includes standardized herbal extracts and other nutrients which, together, form a truly well-balanced and effective product for women. an all-natural, herbal supplements made with natural ingredients to provide natural menopause symptom relief including dry eyes.  These work naturally in the body to reduce hot flashes, night sweats, and other menopausal symptoms.
Safety:
TheraLife Eye –Women’s Menopausal Support product has been tested to meet the highest standards. There are no known major side effects from the recommended use of TheraLife Menopausal Support.  It does not contain artificial dyes, colors, preservatives, flavors, yeast, wheat, gluten, or lactose. Our top priority is our customers' safety and satisfaction.
In addition to TheraLife Eye Enhanced, ThearaLife Eye- Women’s Menopause Support, we also recommend Primrose Oil and Fish Oil.
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Why Frequent Use of Eye Drops Make Your Eyes Drier


You have been diagnosed with chronic dry eyes. The majority of available treatments are eye drop based.  I am sure that you have tried one or all of the following:
-        Over the counter eye drops
-        Preservative free eye drops
-        Eye drops that are thicker to provide longer lasting relief such as gels
-        Eye drops that have balanced electrolytes
-        Tried  prescription cyclosporine drops
-        Tried tear thickening oily capsules
-        Used either an eye mask or thick eye gel at night.
Of all the eye drops, decongestant eye drops, such as Visine, are the worst.  Visine constricts blood vessels in your eye to take the red out. Long-term use can cause your eyes to become dependant on these eye drops, and when you stop, the blood vessels become even larger, making red eyes worse.
After all this, your eyes are still dry, irritated, red, sometimes painful, and your vision is blurred.  It is even possible to develop corneal ulcers from prolonged chronic dry eye conditions.
So why don’t drops work for my chronic dry eye?
The answers resides in our tear composition and tear secretion glands:
  1. Lacrimal Glands- This gland produces the bulk of your tear and creates tear volume
  2. Mybomian Glands- This gland secretes thickening agents (proteins, lipids, and mucin) to prevent tear evaporation and protects the eye
Our body requires that the tear volume and tear thickness be balanced and secreted evenly over time in order to provide eye comfort.  Most of the treatments listed above address either one or the other requirements, but not both:
- Eye drops – compensate for the lack of tear volume
- Oily eye capsules – compensate for the lack of tear viscosity (thickness)
The common experience with any kind of eye drops are “My eyes are dry 10 minutes after putting drops in”.  Over time, the more one uses eye drops, the drier the eyes get.  The reason is eye drops wash away the lubricating thickening agents that your Mybomian Glands produce and eventually train your eyes not to secrete tears.  It becomes a conditioning reflex.
Overuse of eye drops usually constitutes more than 4-5 times/day.   A good analogy of this would be if you washed your hands repeatedly.  The outcome?  You would have overly dry and cracked hands.  The same principle is applied to the eyes.  Strip away the natural mucin your eyes are creating with drops will eventually lead to drier eyes.
For chronic dry eyes, you need balanced, sustainable tear secretion throughout the day.  TheraLife Eye Enhanced can help!

TheraLife® Eye Enhanced works by increasing intracellular metabolism (Mito-Activation), which enables us to stimulate the all the tear glands (mybomian and lacrimal glands) to secret its own balanced tears naturally and overcome the key issue in chronic dry eye syndrome.

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