Thursday, March 28, 2013

Fish Oil in Dry Eyes & MNeibomian Gland Dysfunction Treatments

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Omega 3 Fish Oil is often recommended for dry eye relief.

Omega 3 Fatty Acids Fish Oil (or Flaxseed Oil)  is not sufficient to relief chronic dry eye symptoms.  Why?

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Omega 3 Fish Oil has strong anti-inflammatory properties that fights inflammation in people with dry eyes.  In addition, it also thickens the tear in cases where tear viscosity is too low, resulting in evaporative dry eyes. 

One of the main reasons why Omega 3 Fatty Acids alone is not enough is because inflammation from dry eyes resulted in under-active tear secretion glands.  Only TheraLife Eye can restore and activate tear secretion glands and make them secrete balanced tears again.

People with chronic dry eye syndrome suffer from discomfort such as dry, painful, sandy gritty, tired, stinging symptoms with eyes that maybe very light sensitive.   These symptoms can be . stubbornly persistent even with conventional dry eye remedies such as eye drops, punctal plugs, and more.   The more one uses eye drops, the drier the eyes becomes.  Drops wash away the natural lubricants the eye produces.

There is a great amount of interest in the use of essential fatty acids (EFAs) as an adjunct in the treatment of chronic dry eye symptom.  In heart diseases, Essential Fatty Acids, such as those in TheraLife Omega 3 Fish Oil have been shown to play a role in inflammatory processes leading to improved changes to the heart.  The cause of dry eye is often inflammatory in nature, therefore, the anti-inflammatory actions of Omega 3 Fish Oil can really help people with chronic dry eye syndrome.

Foods and supplements containing Omega 3  are used to relief dry eye syndrome.  In North America, the diets are known to be very low in omega-3 essential fatty acids.  Omega 3 Fatty Acids are believed to be beneficial for maintaining normal tear production.

The two best sources of omega-3s are:
  1. dark, oily, cold-water fish
  2. flaxseed.
They are known to have many health benefits, yet, as a population, people in developed countries  are omega-3 deficient. In fact, Americans' dietary intake of omega-3s is among the lowest in the world.

What is the difference between Omega 3 and Omega 6 Fatty Acids?

Omega-6s (the bad fatty acid) can promote dry eye syndrome.  Omega 3 fatty acids can help relief dry eye syndrome.

Too much Omega 6, not enough Omega 3

People living in developed countries, especially Americans obtain an excess of omega-6s through their consumption of beef, dairy, vegetable shortening and cooking oils (i.e. hamburgers, cheeseburgers, pizza, ice cream, potato chips, etc.). It is thought that intake ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acids ideally should be at least 1:4 and preferably 1:2.3. However, the ratio is typically much lower in a diet typical of developed countries which tends to be high in meat and processed food. In one study, a high intake ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acids resulted in a decreased likelihood of suffering from dry eye syndrome, while women with lower than a 1:15 omega-3/omega-6 fatty acids ratio had a 2.5 times greater prevalence of dry eye syndrome. If too much omega-6 fatty acid is ingested due to a diet high in processed meats and low in unprocessed oils and omega-3 fatty acids, then increased levels of pro-inflammatory prostaglandin E2 (PGE2), and low levels of anti-inflammatory agents PGE1 and PGE3, may lead to dry eye. The effectiveness of essential fatty acids as a treatment for dry eye syndrome is dependent on the proper balance of omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids.

Omega 3 fatty acid help reduce Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD).

The effectiveness of fatty acid treatment of dry eye syndrome is also dependent on specific nutrient co-factors that help the metabolic conversion to anti-inflammatory prostaglandins. These nutrient co-factors stimulate the production of healthy goblet cells and enhance production of clearer and thinner meibomian gland secretion. Omega-3 fatty acids also play an important role in the synthesis of meibum, the oil secreted by meibomian glands. People with omega-3 fatty acid deficiency typically have a thicker meibomian gland secretion. The use of omega-3 fatty acid supplements results in clearing and thinning of meibomian gland secretions which in turn improves symptoms of dry eye. Properly designed formulations also encourage lacrimal gland secretion and the production of tear lactoferrin.

TheraLife® Omega-3 Fish Oil- Molecularly Distilled

TheraLife®Dry Eye Enhanced and TheraLife® Omega-3 Fish Oil taken together provides added benefits
  • Reduce chronic inflammation from dry eye conditions.
  • Produces a better quality tear that prevents excessive tear evaporation.
  • Reduce risk of Macular Degeneration, Cataract and other various age related eye disorders.
  • Omega-3's benefit other regions of the body including the brain, immune system, cardiovascular system and the skin.
Since the year 2000, TheraLife® Dry Eye Enhanced has successfully treated the dry eye conditions of thousands of satisfied customers.  For moderate to severe dry eye conditions,TheraLife recommends the use Omega-3 Fish Oils in conjunction with TheraLife® Eye Enhanced to treat their dry eye symptoms.  Because of our growing concern of the quality of fish oil products in the market place, we have decided to sell our own brand of Omega-3 Fish Oils.

TheraLife® Omega-3 Fish Oil is molecularly distilled to reduce levels of mercury and other contaminants. We provide the highest levels of
  • Quality
  • Purity
  • Potency
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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

New Research Leads to New Approaches to Dry Eye Treatments & Managements

“The more we learn about dry eye, the more we need to understand and use the appropriate treatment for different disease entities”. 

Dry eyes are classified as Ocular Surface Disease.  Today’s eye doctors are faced with a great deal of uncertainty. Options for treatment are actually getting more restricted due to domination by prescription drugs which increased the cost of dry eye treatment in recent years by many folds.  The default treatment by eye drops no longer work.

It is well known that frequent use of eye drops make your eyes drier.

What do we know about tear film and mucin?
Some of the new research in dry eye made a big difference in our understanding of dry eye disorder. For example, the tear film, once thought to be 7µm in thickness and three layers thick (mucin, aqueous and lipid), it is now generally accepted the tear film is 3µm-to-4µm thick, and there are two layers: a mucin-aqueous gradient “gel” and a lipid layer.  This changed our ability to accurately measure tear film thickness with interferometric techniques, which have been confirmed with anterior segment OCT scanning.

We also now have a better understanding of mucins—MUC 16 is not a membrane-bound mucin and therefore, is mobile and capable of forming a gradient in the aqueous layer. This allows the formation of “crusty” build up on eye lids - Blepharitis.

How  mucin plays a role in the health and disease of the ocular surface is still do not well  understood, but new research providing insight does increase our knowledge of mucin biology to better manage dry eye syndrome.

Today’s Patients Are More Informed, and Demand Better Answers!

Today, consumers are more knowledgeable and want better answers.   Direct-to-consumer marketing, the Internet and education all result in increased awareness of disease states by both patients and clinicians.  Doctors are influenced by supportive science for therapeutics, clinician practice patterns, education and peers. Doctors are trained a certain way in medical schools, and tend to stay with the way they were taught- slow to change. However, today’s patients demand more. Patients in this case, can be a great asset and advocate to their doctors -provide them with more options! TheraLife 's natural remedies is one of these new approaches that do not fit the traditional way of thinking.
What is Ocular Surface Disease? 

Ocular Surface Disease is composed a family of conditions impacting the front of the eye. Terms such as blepharitis, meibomian gland disease or dysfunction (MGD), keratoconjunctivitis sicca, meibomitis, and meibomian keratoconjunctivitis, among others, led to the concept of dry eye disease and no less than 10 different classification schemes for some component of dry eye or blepharitis through the years.

How to Diagnose Dry Eye?
The problem is there is no single accepted diagnostic test for dry eye and the tests.  What tests are done often correlate poorly with symptoms. It is suggested that doctors ask a series of questions in addition to some of the more accepted conventional tests for dry eyes:
  • Schirmer’s Test –to measure tear volume
  • Tear Breakup Test- to determine tear viscosity
Your eye doctors should: 

1. Ask about symptoms. Have the patient describe in his/her own words how his/her eyes feel, when they feel the worst and how it is impacting his/her life. Record this information, and refer to it at follow-up visits. Note current treatments, including frequency of application.

2. Look at the lids. Twenty years ago, we looked at the lids, but at some point, we stopped. Start to express the meibomian glands- squeeze fluid out. If you see a blocked gland on slit-lamp evaluation in symptomatic patients with quiet lids, you will be surprised by what you find. Be patient—press, move laterally, press, move back, re-press. Look at the quality of the secretions, and record your description.

3. Stain. Most practitioners use fluorescein to assess tear break-up and staining of the cornea. Wait at least one minute before fully evaluating corneal staining. Believe me, you will see more. Then, use lissamine green, and again, wait a minute or two before you observe the ocular surface. This dye takes time to color mucin and devitalized cells. A band-like pattern across the inferior third of the cornea usually means either incomplete blink or possible MGD. A new product, Fluramene (Noble Vision Group), can do the job of both staining agents with one drop.

4. Follow up. This takes valuable chair time, but is worth it in the long run. Recently, there has been a lot of discussion among clinicians with dry eye clinics about the best time to follow-up on a dry eye or MGD patient.

Get Your Doctor to Take Time for You Your doctor should take time to do the proper medical exam and provide sufficient information for you why certain decisions are made.

We hear all too often that the doctors are doing the minimal, do not take time to explain to the patients what is going on with their debilitating dry eye conditions – leading to much frustrations on both patients and doctors.

TheraLife follows up with you until you recover.  We provide the best customer support in this industry.  Get your life back on track and get relief today.

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Thursday, March 21, 2013

Patented TheraLife Eye for Chronic Dry Eye Relief.

TheraLife Eye Enhanced 
TheraLife's treatment is a unique, patented oral formulation that normalize cellular functions of tear secretion glands from inside your body.   It restores your tear secretion so you produce your own tears for dry eye relief.



Unlike other eye vitamins and eye drops on the market.    The reason is- we use scientific intracellular based mechanisms to treat the underlying problems of dry eyes- tear secretion glands under performing.

TheraLife Eye can treat the following dry eye conditions where other modalities fail:

1. Watery Dry Eyes- tear over production induced by the brain to secrete poor quality, reflex tears.  When tear secretion is balanced, your brain will adjust and stop tear over production.

2. Blepharitis - meibomian gland dysfunction- TheraLife reduces inflammation, encourage tear secretion glands to restore normal function and achieve long lasting relief all day long.  Most people will also use warm compress, stay on anti-biotics plus TheraLife Eye long term.  TheraLife Eye helps you to avoid the usage of steroid eye drops - which can cause liver and kidney damage.

3. TheraLife Eye Autoimmune is the only natural formula that can relief dry eye, dry mouth and control flares.  It also provide relief for joint pains due to arthritis and more.  Go to other TheraLife blogs to read success stories.

Unlike eye drops, which evaporate quickly and are often messy and inconvenient to use, relief with TheraLife Eye Therapy is sustained over time. Actually, prolonged use of eye drops may cause the eye to secrete fewer tears, further aggravating the condition.

Oily nutritional capsules are helpful for thickening tears, reduce inflammation but does not address tear volume deficiency (evaporative tears)

If you have been searching for a treatment for chronic dry eyes, we know that you are seeking an immediate solution for an agonizing condition.

We also know that you are overwhelmed with many treatment options.

The answer is easier than you think- get balanced, sustainable tear secretion. TheraLife formulation has been clinically proven to be safe and effective.

Clinical Trial Results:
Scientifically demonstrated in a six site, double blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial conducted by leading ophthalmologists and optometrists, TheraLife Eye Therapy relieves dry eyes and eye fatigue in 80% of the first time users.  TheraLife succeed in cases where other treatment modalities fail. In fact, improvement with TheraLife Eye Therapy was seen in as little as one week.

How does TheraLife Eye work to relief Chronic Dry Eye :
Theralife Eye Enhanced is designed to stimulate intra-cellularly tear secretion glands to restore both the thickness and tear volume to normal levels and provide eye moisture for a long lasting dry eye relief.

Lasting relief for chronic dry eye discomfort
  • Helps restore your eyes ability to produce its own natural tears
Clinically Proven
  • 86% of patients in a Clinical Study showed increased tear production
More than fish oils or flax seed oils - unique, patented formulation of nutrients, phytochemicals, and proprietary herbal extracts that
  • Improves ocular micro-circulation - to deliver more nutrients and oxygen to the eye while carrying out more harmful waste products
  • MitoActivation - to boost intracellular metabolism and restore normal cell function

  • Revitalizes and strengthens the eye's tear secretion functions
  • Helps reduce irritation and inflammation of the tear glands, eye surface, and eyelids
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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Dry Eyes & Joint Pain in Sjogren's, Lupus and Rheumatoid Arthritis

Joint pain are very common in primary Sjogren’s Syndrome and often related to a mild inflammatory arthritis, affecting in particular the small joints of the fingers, wrists, and ankles.  Some Sjogren's people have more severe forms of arthritis, with features of rheumatoid arthritis or systemic lupus with Joint Pain.

TheraLife Autoimmune formula is effective in reducing the frequency of joint flares and control joint pain and stiffness.

Let’s examine the various joint pains associated with varies Sjogren’s Syndrome

A. Primary Sjogren’s Syndrome:
Joint pain can occur in the absence of rheumatoid arthritis ( RA factor of blood being negative)  in people with primary Sjogren’s Syndrome.

Fibromyalgia
Some people with Sjogren’s Syndomre may have joint pain as a result of fibromyalgia.  However, fibrmyalgia arises from the muscles, which may be perceived as coming from the joints.  Fibromyalgia pain is present on a daily basis, with flares of increased joint pain triggered by increased exertion,  lack of sleep and stress.

B. Secondary Sjogren’s Syndrome:  Rheumatoid Arthritis and Lupus+ Sjogren’s
Secondary Sjogren’s  have an underlying systemic rheumatic disease, such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA), systemic  lupus erythematosus (Lupus), or scleroderma.  Arthritis is the main feature of these systemic rheumatic diseases.  The distinction between primary Sjogrens with arthritis and Sjogrens occurring in the setting of rheumatoid arthritis or systemic lupus is not easy.  Both  sets of people may have positive tests for rheumatoid factor ( RA) and antinuclear antibodies ( ANA), markers of RA and Lupus respectively.  In general, secondary Sjogrens  occurs in rheumatoid arthritis who have had the disease for many years.  Systemic lupus is diagnosed when certain types of medical problems occur together, such as specific  rashes, inflammation of the lung or heart lining, inflammation of the kidney (glomerulonephritis) and blood abnormalities ( low white counts, low platelets, or anemia).

C. Sicca Syndrome- dry eye/dry mouth
Some people have dryness of their eyes and mouth but do not have any signs of an underlying autoimmune disease.  Since they don’t have positive SS-A and /or SS-B antibodies and do not have  a positive lip biopsy.  They are often not labeled as Sjogren’s.  These people often have joint pain.
Natural Alternative Relief for Autoimmune Related Joint Pain:
  1. TheraLife Autoimmune –contain ingredients that: -   targets intracellular stimulation of both tear and salivary secretion glands.
    -  strongly regulates the immune system to control and reduce flares;
    -  strongly anti-inflammatory;
    -  all natural without the side effects of potent drugs.   See more details below.
  • Moist Heat to the hands with a paraffin bath can help relieve stiffness of the fingers and wrists in the morning
  • Gentle exercise, including Tah Chi, yoga and dancing can strengthen muscles and preserve joint range of motion.
  • Nutritional supplements, such as glucosamine or fish oils, also may help some people
  • Diet- use elimination diet to reveal certain food that aggravate joint pain.  Start with elimination of diary, bread, or excessive salt can reduce joint pain in some individuals.
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Testimonials
I was diagnosed with Sjogrens Syndrome 4 years ago.  Nothing really
worked for me in the past, until a friend recommended me to TheraLife.
After 2 months, my eyes had improved so much.
- J.K. Reno, NV
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I am a 45 yr old women who has Sjogrens Syndrome and Rheumatoid
Arthritis. I have had many eye ulcerations due to dry eyes. Ointments, all kinds of eye drops
were not helping. I could not stand to go outside due to the sensitivity to the sunlight, could not goto movies and was in constant pain.

I was desperate for relief of any kind. I came across Theralife on the internet
and thought why not give it a try! Within 3-4 weeks I noticed a difference.
It has improved my quality of life quite a bit. I'm so happy I found this product,
I can’t be without it.
! - D. , Billings, Montana


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Thursday, March 7, 2013

Photophobia and Dry Eye Syndrome


One of the major characteristics of dry eyes is Light Sensitivity.  This is called  "photophobia”-  light sensitivity or intolerance to light.

Dry eyes can cause your eyes to feel tired, soar and often watery,especially when exposed to bright light. This is because tear evaporate too quickly.  (poor spreading tears - measured by tear break up time), or insufficient tear volume (low Shirmer’s test)

When you take TheraLife Eye for dry eye relief.  The first sign of improvement is Light Sensitivity.
There are different degrees of photophobia. Some people are sensitive only to sunlight, and others to any type of brightness, including fluorescent or incandescent light. your eyes may squint or feel the need to close your eyes.

For people with dry eyes, there is the possibility of light sensitivity being triggered by corneal abrasion or medication. This may also causes eye pain, soreness and severe photophobia, even in very low-lighting conditions. There are several things your health-care professional may need to know to help determine the cause of your light sensitivity:

It is important to know that your symptoms can run the gamut from minor to major issues. For example, tired or sore eyes after a long period of working at your computer ( computer vision syndrome) is minor and is not the type of pain needing urgent medical attention. However, it would be best to immediately call your eye specialist if your pain is severe, constant and includes any changes in your vision; if you need to wear sunglasses indoors; or if the photophobia is accompanied by fever, headaches, blurry vision or red eyes, as there may be a concern for meningitis.

People with lighter-colored eyes tend to be more sensitive to bright light, as are those taking certain medications (doxycycline, tetracycline, fursemide). Speak to your pharmacist or physician about medications that may cause light sensitivity.

When it comes to photophobia accompanied by eye soreness or pain, there are common eye concerns to consider. These include but aren’t limited to:
  • Uveitis (inflammation of the inner portion of the eye)
  • iritis
  • Conjunctivitis (inflammation of the conjunctiva, which is the thin, clear membrane over the white part of the eye; the conjunctiva also lines the eyelids)
  • Contact-lens irritation or complication
  • Sunburn , eyes can experience sun damage
  • Refractive surgery- LASIK
  • Migrane headaches
  • Retinal detachment- which sees a flash of bright light.
  • Sjogrnes’s Syndrome (inflammatory autoimmune disorder)
  • Burns to the eye (welder’s flash)
  • A stype or chalzion (these can create eye pain and sensitivity as they grow)
  • Corneal ulcer
  • Foreign body in the eye or irritation.
It is important to visit your physician or eye-care professional. It’s better to catch a problem early and to be reassured than to be shortsighted and let it fester.

How Can TheraLife Eye Help?
Relief your dry eyes with TheraLife Eye, and the light sensitivity will be gone.  It is the first sign of improvement.

The unique TheraLife Eye formula restores normal cell function to tear secretion glands to achieve balanced, sustainable tears all day long.  Doctors recommended.  80% success for first time users. 

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Friday, March 1, 2013

Can Menopause Cause Dry Eyes?

Menopause can cause dry eyes due to hormone imbalance.  This type of dry eyes affect more than 60% of the middle age women who are either peri-menopausal, in menopause or postmenopausal.

Hormone imbalance and aging are major causes.

Symptoms of menopause includes
  • hot flashes,
  • insomnia,
  • vaginal dryness,
  • mood swings,
  • fatigue,
  • headaches
  • dry eyes. The eyes usually feel dry, itchy, red, irritated and light sensitive.
The most common solution for dry eye  are  eye drops.  The more frequent you use the drops, the drier your eyes become.  Drops wash away all the natural lubricants your eyes produce, leaving your eyes-feeling dry.  If you have ever experienced putting a drop in your eyes, and you want to put another drop in 10 minutes later, you know what this means.  Drops simply cover up the symptoms temporarily.  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 is prescribed. When patients have tried all these approaches and their eyes still hurt that is where TheraLife Eye Enhanced can help.



1. "TheraLife Eye Enhanced for Dry Eyes"
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 potency 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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