Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Winter Dry Eyes- Get Tips From TheraLife For Relief

You finally turned on your heater for the first time.  Your eyes are so dry, they hurt.  Your have "Winter Dry Eyes"-

Get simple tips for things you can do.  TheraLife can help!

For some people, this only happens in the winter when force hot air furnaces and heaters are turned on.  The heaters create hot dry air movement that allows tears to evaporate quickly.  Sometimes, increase water intake, use artificial tears, nothing seems to help.  Very annoying!
For those who already have dry eyes, the dry eye condition seems to be worse as soon as the heat is on at home or at work.

What Can I Do to Relief Winter Dry Eyes?
  1. Use a humidifier in the central heating system – this will require frequent cleaning to ensure bacteria and other organisms do not grow in the water reservoir.
  2. Use a humidifier near your desk or inside an office
  3. Drink at least 8 glasses of water
  4. Sit away from a hot air vent
  5. Do not use artificial tears often, it only make your eyes feel drier.  Artificial tears tend to wash away the key tear thickening components -mucin and lipids and make your tear evaporate easier.
  6. Try TheraLife Eye Enhanced to help stimulate and produce tears naturally from your own eyes.

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How TheraLife Can Help
For those who already have dry eyes and are already taking TheraLife Eye Enhanced, increase dosage during winter months for relief!  You can decrease the dosage again when spring comes in March when moisture content in the air increases.

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Monday, January 28, 2013

New treatments for Meibomian Gland Dysfunction

Do not mis-understand these new treatment is a substiute for ongoing maintenance efforts to keep your eyes free of dry eye symptoms.  Take TheraLife Eye capsules, use hot compresses twice a day, 10 minutes each time and take at least 2000 mg/day of Omega 3 Fish Oil.
Majority (75%) of patients with Blepharitis also has chronic dry eye syndrome. The symptoms often feel similar. Blepharitis tends to recur, where as chronic dry eye symptoms can be treated with TheraLife Eye. Customers with Blepharitis often has rosacea on the face, nose, flaky skin, dandruff, or certain bacterial or bugs growing on the eye lashes. It is recommended that you wear no make up on the eyes.   High percentage of people who has Blepharitis also have meibomian gland dysfunction.

There are newer options to people who continue to suffer the effects of meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD), despite efforts with traditional therapies. MGD is reported to afflict 67.2% of people over the age of 60 in the United States. Common treatments include:

1. Hot compresses 2-3 times per day, ten minutes each.   Afterwards, gently massage your eye lids after wards.

2. Essential fatty acids – such as TheraLife Omega 3 Fish Oil (molecularly distilled for purity) or Flax seed Oil for their strong anti- inflammatory properties

3. Topical and oral antibiotics

Two newly described therapies for Meibomian Gland Dysfunction  include

o Gland Probing- using a physical probe to open meibomian glands
o Intense Pulsed Light (IPL).- LipiFlow.  Go to and select the cities you live in.  Check to see which physician's offices has this new equipment.

Gland Probing
Meibomian gland probing was proposed by Steven Maskin, MD using a 76 micron, stainless steel probe of 2- or 4 mm length to unblock glands. He presented a case series of 25 patients diagnosed with MGD.
Twenty-four of 25 patients (96%) had immediate post-probing relief, while all patients reported relief of symptoms by four months post-procedure. Twenty patients (80%) did not need re-treatment by average follow-up of 11.2 months, while the remaining five patients (20%) required re-treatment at an average of four to six months.

Intense Pulse Light (IPL)- LipiFlow

Another experimental treatment is Intense Pulsed Light (IPL), introduced by Rolando Toyos, MD. The treatment uses heat from a special flash lamp to melt the obstructions in the meibomian gland orifices.12 When originally used in dermatology for acne and rosacea patients, IPL patients would subsequently report that their eyes felt better post treatment. In 2003, Toyos conducted a study in which 100 patients with treatment resistant MGD were treated with IPL on the lower lid on only one side. He reported that following treatment, the MGD was improved, both subjectively and clinically. Dr. Toyos claims that when the light is absorbed by the blood vessels, the heat that is generated melts the secretions and opens the glands, decreasing the inflammatory cytokines, and allows for easier expression and improvement of tear film stability. There’s also some evidence that IPL decreases parasites on the eyelash margin that can cause meibomian gland problems.

It usually takes three to four treatments over the course of four months, with maintenance treatments required every six to twelve months.

As the number of dry eye people continues to grow, more and more people turn to TheraLife for solutions.

Why TheraLife Eye?

Blepharitis tends to recur, where as chronic dry eye symptoms can be treated with TheraLife Eye. Typical signs of Blepharitis is inflamed eye lids, red eyes, tired, irritated. TheraLife Eye stimulates both the Lacrimal gland for tear secretion, and meibomian gland to secrete balanced tears that lasts all day long.

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2. Pinna A, Piccinini P, Carta F. Effect of oral linoleic and gamma-linolenic acid on meibomian gland dysfunction. Cornea. 2007 Apr;26(3):260-4.
3. Foulks GN, Borchman D, Yappert M, et al. Topical azithromycin therapy for meibomian gland dysfunction: clinical response and lipid alterations. Cornea. 2010 Jul;29(7):781-8.
4. Luchs J. Efficacy of topical azithromycin ophthalmic solution 1% in the treatment of posterior blepharitis. Adv Ther. 2008;25:858-70.
5. Dougherty JM, McCulley JP, Silvany RE, Meyer DR. The role of tetracycline in chronic blepharitis. Inhibition of lipase production in staphylococci. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 1991 Oct;32(11):2970-5.
6. Ralph RA. Tetracyclines and the treatment of corneal stromal ulceration: a review. Cornea. 2000 May;19(3):274-7.
7. Stone DU, Chodosh J. Oral tetracyclines for ocular rosacea: an evidence based review of the literature. Cornea. 2004 Jan;23(1):106-9.
8. Yoo SE, Lee DC, Chang MH. The effect of low-dose doxycycline therapy in chronic
The above article is an abstract from April issue of Optometric Management

Friday, January 18, 2013

Blepharitis & Dry Eye Treatments- TheraLife Can Help

You 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 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 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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Thursday, January 10, 2013

Tests for Dianosis of Dry Eye Syndrome and Treatments

How do you know you have chronic dry eye syndrome?

Maybe your eyes hurt, red, and swollen. Bright lights bother you.   You have been using eye drops constantly with dry eye relief - you want to put more drops in after 10 minutes.  Your eye doctor simply tell you to use more eye drops, the ones without preservatives, gel drops at night, prescription drops that is suppose to work.  Frustrating?

Do you know what tests your eye doctors can in order to diagnose dry eyes?

Dry eye syndrome is the most frequently discussed topic within the ophthalmic community because of its prevalence in the clinical practice. There are new diagnostic and therapeutic tools that can help detect and evaluate clinical signs and symptoms of dry eye.  Knowing these tests can help you ask your doctor to do them every time you visit.  

These test values can be very helpful in tracking your improvement when you take TheraLife Eye.


1. Ocular Surface Staining-
Fluramene is a new vital dye to aid the clinician in the evaluation of both the conjunctival and corneal surfaces for evidence of dry eye disease. It is a fluorescein sodium and lissamine green dye combination packaged in a 15 ml bottle with a control tip dropper that delivers a consistent concentration with each application. The new dye can evaluate both conjunctiva and cornea surface simultaneously will enhance our diagnostic abilities in a more efficient manner.

2. Tear Volume Evaluation; Critical to determine if Lacrimal (tear secretion) Gland is deficient.
There are 2 methods for measuring how much tears your eyes are secreting. Lacrimal Gland is important to know just how dry your eyes are. Both measurements are commonly used:

a. Shirmmer’s Test – a strip of paper is inserted into the lower of your eyes lids – the amount of tear collected is measure by mm on the paper strip. Normal values > 15mm.

b. Zone Quick – a thread with dye is inserted into the lower eye lid. Results are measured in minutes – faster than Shirmmer’s.

3. Tear Viscosity – measures how thick your tear is, an indication of meibomian gland function. Meibomian glands secrete lubricants to make your tears thicker. Thin tears make it easier to evaporate causing dry eyes. The most frequent problem is clogging making the lubricants impossible to come out.

Tear Breakup Time:  Your eye doctor uses a stop watch and measure the time it takes the fluorescent dye to disperse. The thinner your tear, faster it disperse and easier to evaporate.

Both your Lacrimal and Meibomian glands must function properly in a balanced manner in order for your eyes to feel comfortable.

Why TheraLife Eye?
TheraLife Eye is the only formula that treats both Lacrimal and Meibomian Glands simultaneous from inside out. It does so by stimulating and restoring normal cell functions to both tear secretion glands.

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This article is an abstract from April issue of Optometric Management, 2011.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Dry Eye Treatments after Cataract Surgery

Cataract is when your lens capsule becomes cloudy and you can not see well at night.

The number of cataract operations are on the rise, and they suffer from dry eyes. Dry eyes are a natural phenomena of aging and this is the same population who also tend to have cataract., There are an estimated 3 million Americans have cataract surgery each year, with the Federal government spending $3.4 billion through Medicare to treat cataracts.1 Recent estimates indicate that approximately 15% of the US population older than age 65 has dry eye.2 Assuming  that two million cataract patients are older than 65, and 15% have dry eye, then approximately 300,000 of the patients who undergo cataract surgery each year will suffer from dry eye."2

Preoperative Care

Preoperative recognition of patients with ocular surface disease provides an opportunity to optimize the ocular surface before proceeding with cataract surgery. Fluctuating vision either before or following cataract surgery is almost always a sign of tear film insufficiency.3 A history of systemic collagen disease vascular disease or associated manifestations such as arthritis or dry mouth provides important clues for the possibility of concomitant ocular surface disease.4 Dry eye can also result in induced astigmatism which can affect IOL calculations. Dryness of the ocular surface can throw off lens biometry as well as cause problematic shifts in keratometric values.5
Typical dry eye treatments include artificial tears.  Unfortunately, the more eye drops one uses, drier the eyes.  Management of lid disease is likewise essential for optimizing surgical outcomes. In one study, blepharitis was the number one reason for cancelling cataract surgery9 as blepharitis is thought to be a primary risk factor for endophthalmitis.10 Preoperative treatment starts with a prolonged commitment to eyelid hygiene. Topical antibiotics are used to control staphylococcal growth on the eyelids, and recent antibiotics such as topical azithromycin has been shown to effectively reduce signs and symptoms of blepharitis.11

Damaged Cornea after Surgery

Cataract surgery, or any type of eye surgery for that matter, damage the cornea and create uneven corneal surfaces which creates friction, inflammation which in turn causes more dry eye symptoms.  Sometimes damage to the corneal nerves has  subsequent reduced corneal sensation.14

Postoperative Care
After cataract surgery the signs and symptoms of ocular surface disease typically get worse. Following surgery, patients are using a number of topical drops, usually a steroid, antibiotic and an NSAID. Prolonged use of postoperative medications may be one of the contributing factors of the patient's dry eye symptoms. It is best to stop or taper medications when they are no longer needed.

TheraLife Can Help
Use TheraLife Eye 1 week before surgery to improve the corneal condition before surgery and 6 months after surgery can greatly minimize the occurence of dry eyes after cataract surgery.
TheraLife Eye works to relief dry eyes by restoring the normal functions of tear secretion glands, thus producing long lasting balanced tears all day long.

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This article is a brief abstract from Optometric Management, Aug. 2012 issue.
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5. Luthe R. Dry eye screening and the cataract patient. Ophthalmology Management, Vol 16; May 2012;48-51.
6. Behrens A, Doyle JJ, Stern L, et al. Dysfunctional tear syndrome: a Delphi approach to treatment recommendations. Cornea 2006; 25: 900-907.
7. Sanchez MA, Amiola-Villa Lobos P, Torralo-Jimenez P, et al. The effect of preservative-free HP-Guar on dry eye after phacoemulsification: a flow cytometric study. Eye 2010; 24: 1331-1337.
8. Pflugfelder SC. Anti-inflammatory therapy for dry eye. Am J Ophthalmol 2004; 137: 337-342.
9. Stead RE, Stuart A, Keller J, et al. Reducing the rate of cataract surgery cancellation due to blepharitis. Eye 2010; 24: 742.
10. Speaker MG, Milch FA, Shah MK, et al. The role of external bacterial flora in the pathogenesis of acute post-operative endophthalmitis. Ophthalmology 1991; 98: 639-649.
11. Luchs L. Efficacy of topical azithromycin ophthalmic solution 1% in the treatment of posterior blepharitis. Adv Ther 2008; 25: 858-870.
12. Lindstrom, RL. The effects of blepharitis on ocular surgery. Ocul Surf 2009; 7: 519-520.
13. Cho YK, Kim MS. Dry eye after cataract surgery and associated intraoperative risk factors. Korean J Ophthalmol 2009; 23: 65-73.
14. Moon SW, Yeom DJ, Chung SH. Neurotrophic corneal ulcer development following cataract surgery with a limbal relaxing incision. Korean J Ophthalmol 2011; 25: 210-213.