Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Dry Eye Syndrome from Computer Overuse- Tips for Relief!


Using computer for more than 8 hours a day common these day. Especially with the popularity of smart phones and mobile devices.  Dry Eye Syndrome is happening more frequently than ever before.  Your eyes are soar! They hurt!

You may have already been using eye drops- sometimes every hour.  Right after you put a drop in your eyes, you want to put another drop in after 10 minutes!.

Here are some tips to relief dry eyes from Computer Vision Syndrome:
  1. Blink often – program into your computer to remind you to blink 10 blinks per minute.
  2. Avoid bright fluorescent lights – move to an office space away from direct fluorescent lights, wear a baseball cap to shield your eyes.
  3. Rest your eyes 5 minutes every hour- look outside the window, focusing on a far away place to relax your eyes.
Other dry eye relief tips are:

1. Drink lots of water - at least 8 glasses per day. Fruit juices are fine. Avoid caffeine from coffee or soda. Drink decaffeinated coffee as an alternative.

2. Physical Exercise – at least three to four times per week. Exercises improve circulation and help deliver blood and nutrients to the eye, as well as extremities.

3. Humidifiers for your bedroom or office -single portable units placed next to your desk,  or install humidifier for your central air system.  Himidifier is a must for people in winter if you live in a dry, high altitude climate.

4. Wear wrap around sunglasses outdoors to prevent tear evaporation

5. Avoid frequent use of eye drops-  Eye drops wash away the natural lubricants that thicken your tears to prevent evaporation. Long-term eye drop use can reduce tear production, making dry eye worse.  Your solution is to use a capsule like TheraLife Eye to restore normal tear function.

6.  Night Time Moisture Goggles.  One of the reason for night time dry eye is, your eyelids maybe partially open during sleep.  You can buy a moisture goggle to wear at night.  There are several options available from the internet.

7. Use warm wet compress over your eyes-do not wash your eye balls.  This can make your eyes drier, just like eye drops.

8. Get enough sleep!

9. Schedule frequent breaks from computer use 

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Monday, September 16, 2013

Do you have risk factors for developing dry eye syndrome?

If you have these risk factors, chances are you can develpe dry eye syndrome.  Here are some of the factors:

1. Women in menopause:

Hormone imbalance is the number one cause for dry eye syndrome. This is because cornea has hormone receptors that directly linked to eye function.  This is why women 50+ , have have significantly decreased tear production.  Similarly, it has been noted that women with primary ovarian failure develop clinically significant dry eye syndrome

2. Arthritis or Sjogrens Syndrome- autoimmune diseases that attack tear function.

3  Smoking

4. Medications -
Medications to lower high blood pressure by eliminating fluids, antidepressants, antihistamines, anticholinergics, and systemic retinoids like Accutane have been well documented that they can increase the risk of developing dry eye syndrome.

5. Environmental factors,
Live in places where there is decreased humidity, windy, drafty, air conditioning, heating, fluorescence lighting can worsen the ocular discomfort of people with dry eyes. environmental irritants, allergens, smoke can increase the symptoms of dry eyes.  People who use lots of computers,  watch television, and prolonged reading are also susceptable.

5. LASIK or PRK Eye Surgery:
After refractive surgery such as LASIK or PRK, for several months may experience significant dry eye due to the severing of the corneal nerves during surgery. Many of these go on to become permanent dry eyes.

6. Eye Infections - Blepharitis
Chronic condition of eye lid inflammation, which often accompanied by Meibomian Gland Dysfunction. Read more on this blog site.

7. Systemic Diseases: Sjogrens,  Lymphoma, Viral Infections, AIDS, Rosacea …
Dry eye-associated systemic diseases include Sjogren's syndrome, where inflammation of the lacrimal gland results in tear-production deficiency.  Lack of tears may develop in systemic disorders such as lymphoma, sarcoidosis, hemochromatosis, and amyloidosis. Dry eye in people with systemic viral infections and AIDS are also common.  Neuromuscular disorders that affect the people’s blink (e.g., Parkinson disease, Bell palsy) can lead to dry eye syndrom.

7. Cancer Treatments
Radiation, Transplantation, chemotherapy, localized trauma, including orbital surgery, radiation, and injury, may also cause dry eyes.

You can see from all the research into the risk factors of dry eye syndrome that we need to go beyond just dispensing some artificial tear. Lifestyle issues maybe causing the underlying problems with dry eyes.

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  • TheraLife Autoimmune Dry Eye formula – for Sjogren’s and more: Web link
  • TheraLife Omega 3 Fish Oil – to increase dry eye relief when used in combination with TheraLife Eye and TheraLife Autoimmune. click here
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Balancing Hormones for Dry Eye Relief

Hormonal changes and dry eyes

One of the major factor for sudden onset of dry eyes is menopause in women over 50.  Hormone imbalance happens in men also.  

Hormone Receptors found on the Cornea-
The extent your hormones affect your eye health depends on your genetic makeup and lifestyle. However, research studies have linked androgen (testosterone) and estrogen receptors on the cornea  meibomian gland of the eye. There is a correlation between the production of tears and our sex hormones.

Inflammation in Dry Eyes Caused by Hormone Imbalance
The result of dry eyes is inflammation. Inflammation causes the release of substances that  make your eyes red, itchy, and swollen. The onset of dry eyes often coincides with other signs of drying in menopause, like sore joints and dry vaginal tissues. Restoring the body's balance between estrogen, progesterone and testosterone is very important for dry eyes.   Symptoms of dry eye can be a warning sign that your body’s detox capabilities are on overload.

Importance of Omega 3 Fish Oil

The inflammation connection to dry eye is causing growing number of eye doctors prescribing omega-3 supplements or fish oil as a dry eye treatment protocol.  Recent research reported that women with a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids reduced their risk of dry eye by 20%.

Increase  omega-3 fatty acids( Fish Oil) intake or by eating fish like mackerel, tuna, or wild salmon or certain nuts and seeds benefit the eye and your whole body.  They have been shown to naturally reduce inflammation. Omega 3 Fish Oil also help in the stimulation of tear secretion and increase the oils in that secretion. Additionally, they may moderate excess estrogen production. And all of these benefits get at the root of dry eyes by providing natural lubrication rather than temporary “artificial” relief.

Conventional dry eye treatments and “artificial tears
The most common conventional treatment for dry eye is drops or “artificial tears” that temporarily relieve symptoms by restoring fluid to the eye. Unfortunately, the more drops you use, the drier your eyes become.  It is like washing your eyes under a faucet, washing away all the natural lubricants you produce. 

Using drops is like pouring water into a dry well instead of looking for a new spring — to find permanent relief.  Theralife Can Help- See Below

Nutrition and Restore Hormone Balance fro Dry Eye Relief

Every body is unique so you may need to experiment to find a combination of changes that work for you.  Supplemental essential fatty acids, in addition to a highly nutritious diet, are helpful for women of all ages with dry eyes.

A. Optimize your nutrition. Eat three balanced meals a day, consisting of:
1.   whole foods
2.    daily multivitamin.
3.  Omega 3 fatty acid  - be sure it is free of Mercury and PCB contamination- e.g TheraLife Omega 3 Fish Oil
4.   Vit E- which helps Omega 3 functionality

B. Balance your hormones.
Endocrine support can help the body generate its natural levels of estrogen, progesterone and testosterone. Simple dietary changes, by eating more whole grains and less sugar and processed foods can help control insulin levels and reduce chronic inflammation.

C.  Evaluate your medications. If you are on medication, speak with your doctor about the possibility of it contributing to your dry eyes. There may be alternatives that cause fewer side effects.

D.  Avoid excessive pollution and other irritants. – Quit Smoking

E.  Hydrate and humidify.  6-8 glasses of water or fluids per day. Use Humidifier

F.  Blink!

G.  Practice care with contact lenses.
 Keep lenses very clean, consider wearing them less, or explore lenses designed for dry eyes. Not all drops can be used with contacts, so check the labels. TheraTears makes a product specifically designed for contact wearers with dry eyes.

H.  Get more sleep!

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