Friday, November 30, 2012

The Best Wraparound Sunglasses for Dry Eyes

Most people with chronic dry eye syndrome are affected by sun, wind and glare.

We get many questions regarding the best sunglasses to wear to help protect eyes from exposure to sensitive elements and potential damage due to long-term exposure to sunlight. Excessive exposure to UV radiation and blue light from the sun can cause cataracts, contribute to the onset of retinal diseases such as macular degeneration, and cause skin cancer in the sensitive tissue surrounding one's eyes. Radiation damage can even occur on cloudy days.

We recommend 100% UVA/UVB protecting wraparound glasses. The best lens color is amber, which also neutralizes blue light. Brown is the next best color.

Cheaper glasses may have a coating to block out UV light that can rub off overtime. Many people think it is the tint that helps protect one's eyes, but it is actually the UV filter on, or in, the lens. So, if the filtering coating wears off, a dark lens actually increases pupil dilation, allowing more light to enter the eyes.

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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Punctal Plugs and Dry Eyes- Pros and Cons

In patients who do not find symptomatic relief despite medical therapy and maximal lubrication, punctal occlusion is often indicated. Rather than applying an artificial tear, punctual occlusion helps to preserve any remaining natural tear fluid, which has by far the best wetting and nutrient capacity for the ocular surface. Preserving the patient’s own natural tears by blocking the lacrimal drainage system, thereby increasing tear volume and decreasing tear osmolarity, can successfully maintain the integrity of the ocular surface, corneal transparency and visual acuity. In patients with moderate or severe dry eye, it is capable of improving quality of life and preventing vision loss.

Punctal Occlusion for Dry Eye Syndrome

The idea behind punctal occlusion is straightforward: increase the aqueous component of the tear film by blocking tear outflow..Punctal occlusion helps to retain the patient's own tears on the ocular surface. This intervention is highly effective and usually used after environmental control, drop therapy, omega-3 fatty acid supplementation and topical prescription eye drop prove inadequate. Preferably performed after surface inflammation is brought under control, occlusion methods include punctal plugs as well as thermocautery, electrocautery, laser ablation or direct surgical closure.
Before performing a procedure to occlude a punctum permanently, many authors suggest a trial of temporary punctal occlusion using various plugs. While this is prudent, one must keep in mind some of the intrinsic limitations of these devices. More specifically, failure of collagen plugs to predict epiphora after permanent punctal occlusion. One systematic review7 showed a relative scarcity of controlled clinical trials assessing the efficacy of punctal occlusion therapy in dry eye. Although the evidence is very limited, the data suggest that silicone plugs can provide symptomatic relief in severe dry eye. Moreover, temporary collagen plugs appear similarly effective to silicone plugs on a short-term basis.

The reported results of punctal plugs vary. It seems to work for patients with dry eye of mostly mild to moderate severity. The magnitude of the treatment effect was more striking following implantation of non-dissolvable silicone plugs, but occlusion with temporary collagen plugs also had an apparent beneficial influence on the clinical course of dry eye, as indicated by significantly lower scores for several study parameters in comparison with the control group.

Punctal Plugs and Inflammation

One area of interest is the relationship of pharmacologic therapies with punctal occlusion. Punctal occlusion has been shown to improve objective and subjective measures of dry eye but may exacerbate ocular surface inflammation in subjects with overt clinical inflammation. Because of this issue, an international panel of experts developing comprehensive treatment guidelines for ocular surface disorders recommended that the inflammatory condition be treated before punctal occlusion.

Punctal Plugs and Increased Ocular Bacterial Infections

Because puntal plugs back up tears – which does not allow debri and bacteria from draining. Some patients will experience ocular bacterial infections, which require anti-biotic eye drops for treatment.


Although punctal occlusion is an effective therapy for KCS, there are complications related to punctal plug insertions.Recognized complications of conventional silicone plugs include
  • epiphora - over flow of tears onto the face
  • punctal ring rupture,
  • abrasion of the corneal and conjunctival surface,
  • suppurative canaliculitis - infection of lacrimal gland causing surface abnormalities that sometime require surgical interventions.
The retention rates for the different kind of silicone plugs have been reported to be about 50% after one year,extrusion of silicone plugs is common, occurring within three months in up to 50% of cases.


Careful patient selection is critical for successful punctal occlusion. It should be performed only when appropriate, and when the likelihood of benefit far outweighs the risk and cost. A variety of techniques are available to choose from on the basis of the duration of desired effect and the severity of aqueous tear deficiency and associated ocular surface disease. Punctal occlusion can dramatically improve the quality of life in many patients with moderate cases of dry eyes and can prevent visual loss in patients with severe cases of dry eyes
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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Coping with Depression Caused by Chronic Dry Eyes

It has been well documented that chronic dry eyes cause depression- see another TheraLife blog here.   Maybe your dry eyes hurt so much that all you can think of all day and all night is how much pain you are feeling.  Do you get up in the middle of the night to put eye drops in your eyes?
Does sadness overwhelm you at times, leaving you unable to enjoy the people and activities in your life?

When your emotions cloud your outlook, interfere with your relationships or affect the way you sleep at night and function during the day, you may be suffering from depression or an anxiety disorder.
You're not the only one who feels sad or worried when you have chronic dry eyes.  at times. It's normal.  Chronic dry eyes affect a person’s quality of life.  It's perfectly natural for you to respond to the ups and downs we all experience with elation or fear.

It's common, and occasionally even helpful, for you to react to life's stresses, challenges and dangers with anxiety.
  • What's NOT perfectly natural is when those feelings persist long after the event or condition that triggered them.
  • What's NOT normal and expected is when those feelings seem to come at you from nowhere, appearing even in the absence of obvious external triggers.
  • What's certainly NOT helpful is feeling the weight of your emotions so heavily that they interfere with sleep, prevent you from performing daily activities or arouse concern in the people who care about you.
In its milder forms, depression or anxiety can make it difficult to even get yourself out of bed each morning and to go through the motions of your daily activities. Fatigue, inertia, feelings of sadness and recurring fears can hover like a rain cloud over your life.

In its more severe forms, a depression or an anxiety disorder can immobilize you, sabotage your relationships, trigger feelings of helplessness and self-destructive behavior, and perhaps even turn your thoughts to suicide.
You DON'T have to suffer this way
The most important thing for you is to permanently resolve this issue of chronic dry eyes so your life can get back to normal.   

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Meibomian Gland Dysfunction- How TheraLife Can Help

The primary function of meibomian glands is to secret lipids, the thickening agent for tears.  In chronic dry eye syndrome, meibomian glands play an important part of  dry eye relief.  the inability to thicken tears lead to evaporative dry eyes.  Blepharitis (eye lid abnormalities and infections), Rosacea often concur with Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD) making it one of the most difficult dry eye conditions to treat.  Assessment and treatment of meibomian gland disease is often a necessary step in successful dry eye treatment.

How to look for  Meibomian Gland Dysfunction

Normal meibum is thin with clear liquid which is expressed very easily.  With various stages of MGD, the meibum becomes thicker, (see photo above) and the expressed liquid becomes thicker, granular and some time in clumps and the liquid become opague.  The expressing meibum can be very difficult.

Often MGD is accompanied by lots of inflammation - on the eye lid, in the eye.  In most cases, MGD is accompanied also by tear volume in-sufficiencies (Lacrimal Gland). Thus setting up a situation where dry eyes cause inflammation and the inflammation causes the tear secretion glands to shut down.

Certain drugs can cause MGD, especially drugs to dry up acne - such as Accutane, antihistamines used in allergy treatments.

Treatment of Meibomian Gland Dysfunction

Typical treatments for MGD includes:
1. Wet hot compresses - twice a day, each time 10 minutes to unclog the meibomian glands
2. Eye lids cleaning daily to minimize eye infections
3. Oral Antibiotcis - Doxycycline or Azithromycin daily
4. Steroid eye drops - such as Lotamax or PredForte to calm down inflammation during a flare. Steroid eye drops are limited to one month since long term use may result in kidney and liver damages.

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TheraLife Eye is formulated to revitalize all the tear secretion glands, including meibomian glands, lacrimal glands to get sustainable long lasting relief.  TheraLife Eye is used along with the procedures described above for speedy recovery and long term maintenance.

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photo curtesy of Gary N. Foulks MD, FACS.