Friday, August 30, 2013

Chronic Dry Eyes & Light Sensitivity

Chronic dry eyes and light sensitivity seem to concur.  This is particularly bothersome for driving during the day or go outdoors.

Light sensitivity is also the first sign of recovery while taking TheraLife Eye during dry eye recovery. 

Normal eyes are sensitive to the sudden changes of bright light, but it goes away within a few minutes.

In addition to chronic dry eyes, light sensitivity could also mean other eye and central nervous system disorders such as uveitis (inflammation of the uvea) or meningitis ( infection of the brain).  However, light sensitivity is an integral part of chronic dry eye syndrome.

Light sensitivity is an abnormal sensitivity to either artificial or natural light.

The severity of photophobia  are defined as:
1. Mild- which means wearing sunglasses in certain lighting helps your eyes feel better., and that is all you need.
2. Severe – where  you avoid light as much as possible, including keeping your eyes covered in any lighted situations, very common in chronic dry eyes. This makes driving or going outdoors very difficult.  Eye pain is often involved.

Common Causes of Photophobia.

  • chronic dry eyes.
  • inflammation of the iris, the cornea, or the conjunctiva (conjunctivitis, or pinkeye),
Sudden sensitivity to light that is painful and causes you to close your eyes or needing sunglasses when you are indoors may be a sign of uveitis or meningitis.  Fever, stiff neck, and vomiting may indicate a more serious infection in the central nervous system – e.g. meningitis.  See your health professionals right away. 

How can TheraLife Help?

healthyeyebuttonTheraLife Eye addresses the issue of photophobia from the root cause- chronic dry eye syndrome.  It  is formulated to relief dry eyes by restoring normal cell functions to tear secretion glands intra-cellularly. Improvement in light sensitivity is the first sign of recovery.

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Dry Eye Syndrome Related to Sleep Apnea- TheraLife Can Help.

Obstructive sleep apnea” (OSH) also called "Sleep Apnea" can cause heart diseases as well as a variety of  eye problems including dry eyes- see below.  OSH left untreated can lead to significant eye problems that you may already be experiencing.

Common treatments for sleep apnea include:
  1. Mouth guard to stop snoring.  Available on line or at your dental offices.
  2. CPAP – Contineous positive airway passage –see photo above.
Incidence rate is 9% among the female Caucasian population in the United States, and 24% in the male Caucasian population.  More than 80% of those affected are undiagnosed, or untreated even if they are diagnosed.

Sleep apnea is when the soft tissue of the palate collapses during sleep and partially obstructing the airway, causing a decreased oxygen saturation in the blood. The body senses the need to take a breath, and the person bring in more oxygen by gasping. Stopping breathing for long periods of time is a common symptom of OSH.

OSA can cause both anterior and posterior eye conditions.  It can become very difficult to manage when OSA goes undiagnosed or untreated.  OSA can cause eye conditions to name a few:
  1. dry Eyes- insufficient blood and nutrient delivery to the eyes, especially at night.
  2. floppy eyelid syndrome (FES)
  3.  optic neuropathy,
  4. glaucoma,
  5.  retinal vein occlusion, are found more often in patients with OSA.
  6. In diabetic patients with sleep apnea and retinopathy,
    1. macular edema
    2. iris neovascularization
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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Lid Margin Debridement for Meibomian Gland Dysfunction Treatment

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Clogged meibomian glands is a major problem in people with chronic dry eye disease. The meibomian glands gets inflamed and clog up the pores to prevent lubricants from flowing. 
At TheraLife, we recommended the following regimen to treat MGD
11. TheraLife Eye to revitalize tear secretion glands, including meibomian glands.  -
22.     Hot compress- twice a day, 10 minutes each time
33    Use Thermal Pulse System to melt the clogging and open the secretion glands.  Procedure may need to be repeated.
44    Use Intense Light Pulse (IPL) therapy using laser heat to open the glands
Use steroid drops to stop inflammation when the condition becomes severe.

Over time, the meibomian glands tend to accumulate dead epithelial cells (just like dead skin cells) around the eye lid, making it impossible for the natural lubricants to flow out.

Lid Margin Debridement - Scraping and cleaning meibomian glands

This  new simple procedure uses a lid paddle to gently scrap along the eye lids to remove the dead epithelial cells and open up the meibomian glands.  One maybe able to see the fluid flow out immediately.

At ARVO meeting 2013, a small study by Drs. Caroline Blackie and Donald Korb was presented on lid margin debridement.  At one month post-treatment, patients reported a significant improvement in dry eye symptoms.  The researchers showed there is an increase in the number of functional meibomian glands. This appears to be a promising development in MGD therapy


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Monday, August 12, 2013

Anti-Aging Cream May Cause Meibomian Gland Dysfunction- A Chornic Severe Form of Dry Eye Disease

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It has been speculated for a long time that a medication that treats acne called 13-cis retinoic acid (RA) – commercially known as "Accutane", causes dry eyes in young adults.  This dry eye syndrome is one of the most difficult to treat.  By this time, eyes are constantly irritated, can’t wear contact lenses, eye drops do not help.

We have known adults in their 40’s and 50’s who used Accutane at some time of your life still has dry eyes.  Just cannot shake it.

Studies show the key ingredients RA is also in anti-aging creams to be used around the eyes, which maybe causing Meibomina Gland Dynsfunction.

A group of researchers at Ohio State University looked at the effect of RA in various dosages and at different time points to cell viability (cellular health and levels of activities).  They showed RA inhibited cell proliferation (growth), increased cell death, altered gene- expression ( could cause cancer), and promoted inflammatory mediators and protease expression in meibomian gland epithelial cells. Basically the meibomian gland cells are also tuned down at the same time to stop acne formation on the skin.

This is an abstract from IOVS June 2013 54:4341-4350; published ahead of print May 30, 2013, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

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Monday, August 5, 2013

High Cholesterol Linked To Meibomian Gland Dysfunction

It has been long suspected that high cholesterol levels maybe associated with a chronic blepharitis condition called meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD).  A new  clinical research study shows  there is a positive correlation between high cholesterol levels and meibomian gland dysfunction.  

High cholesterol levels have long been suspected to be  associated with all kinds of heart diseases such as stroke, and heart attack.   Meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD) can be used as an early indicator for cardiovascular disease and severe chronic dry eye disease in middle aged and younger people.  

The researchers in this study are eye doctors.  They chose only people from 18-54 years old with appropriate controls.  They concluded that total cholesterol levels of in people with meibomian gland dysfucntion was significantly linked to higher blood levels of total cholesterol greater than 210 mg/dl.  Likewise, MGD was found to be significantly associated with increased blood levels of LDL (Low Density Cholesterol) and HDL (High Density Cholesterol)

Ideal Goals for Cholesterol Levels:

Total cholesterol <than 200 mg/dl
HDL- good cholesterol  >60mg/dl .
LDL- bad cholesterol –<100 mg/dl.

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TheraLife Eye can help you recover from meibomian gland dysfunction by restoring normal functions to your tear secretion glands while you try to get your cholesterol levels into normal levels.  

Read more about how to lower your cholesterol levels in the next blog posting.  

Abstract from a Scientific Poster at: the 2010 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (PO 330), October 16–19, 2010, Chicago, Illinois.

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