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.

How can TheraLife Help?
TheraLife has a spectrum of products that deal with these dry eye disorders including:
  • TheraLife Eye – for chronic dry eye: Web link
  • TheraLife Menopausal Support – for hormone balance: Web link
  • 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
  • TheraLife MaculaEye: click here
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1 comment:

  1. If you had LASIK surgery, over the age of 50, on medications, had cancer treatment, you maybe high risk in developing dry eye syndrome. Learn more