Wednesday, December 18, 2013

DASH Diet to Prevent and Relief Dry Eye Syndrome

Inflammation is involved in chronic dry eyes, autoimmune diseases such as Sjogrens, rheumatoid arthritis, Reynaud's syndrome and more.  The proper diet can greatly reduce inflammation and help with recovery.

This blog gives a brief guideline to the Dash diet which has shown promise in reducing inflammation and reduce chronic symptoms

The DASH Diet
DASH diet was developed as a guideline for healthy eating in general.  It is clear that this guideline also help prevent the development of chronic diseases including chronic dry eyes, autoimmune diseases, heart disorders, prevent osteoporosis, and more. 

Key features of DASH diet is to increase consumption of fresh fruits, vegetables and low-fat dairy products.

Fruits and vegetables are important because of the low-caloric, high fiber and high-nutrient density, . Low-fat dairy products provide important calcium that is necessary to prevent osteoporosis. Other components of DASH include nuts, legumes (dried beans and peas), whole grains, low salt and reduce sugar intake.

Nuts are rich in mono- and polyunsaturated fats, high in fiber and protein. Legumes are a rich source of protein as well as fiber, and lean meats are important sources of protein. Grains are an important source of energy and should be in the form as whole grains, which will increase fiber consumption.

The DASH diet limits salt to 2300 milligrams per day, sugar intake to 5 tablespoons per week for the average 2000-calories/day diet.

Table 1 shows the recommended intakes of each of these food groups in servings per day for those who consume 2000 calories per day. from revised Dash diet 2010

Table 1. DASH Diet Food Group Servings for a 2000-Calories-Per-Day Diet
Food Group
Target Serving
Examples of 1 Serving
Low-fat dairy2-3/day1 cup milk or yogurt
Grains (mostly whole)6-8/day1 slice bread
1 oz dry cereal
1/2 cup cooked rice, pasta, or cereal
Lean meats, poultry, fish≤6/week1 oz cooked lean meat, poultry, or fish
1 egg
Nuts/seeds/legumes4-5/week1/3 cup or 1 1/2 oz nuts
2 Tbsp peanut butter 2 Tbsp or 1/2 oz seeds 1/2 cup cooked legumes
Fruits4-5/day1 medium fruit 1/4 cup dried fruit 1/2 cup fresh, frozen, or canned fruit 1/2 cup fruit juice
Vegetables4-5/day1 cup raw leafy vegetables
1/2 cup cut-up raw or cooked vegetables
Adapted from the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans

How is diet related to Chronic Dry Eyes and Autoimmune Diseases- Sjogren's, Rheumatoid Arthritis?

A key factor in chronic dry eyes and autoimmune diseases has to do with poor blood circulation to the eyes,  limbs, external tissues. Poor circulation starts the disease process creating inflammation and damages to organs and tissues.

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Thursday, December 12, 2013

Links between Diet, Digestive Health, Dry Eyes and Stress

You are what you eat.  Does that sound familiar?

A healthy digestive system is essential to both physically and emotionally health.  Healthy digestive system starts with a healthy diet. 

Eyes are the second most physiologically active part of our body next to our brain.  Our eyes require a lot of nutrients derived from the food we eat and the nutrients that get absorbed through our digestive system to maintain healthy vision.
Research has indicated that Age Related Macular Degeneration is an eye disease due to starvation of the retina, where essentially the retina is being deprived of essential nutrients due to circulatory changes and poor absorption of the nutrients from the food we eat.  Most individuals with Macular Degeneration has high cholesterol levels before medical intervention.  This is supported by large amount of research showing that the risk of onset of Macular Degeneration can be dramatically reduced through diet, lifestyle and targeted supplementation.
Diet and nutrition can also be linked to a wide range of other eye conditions as well including glaucoma, cataracts and diabetic retinopathy.
Chronic stress causes a number of negative effects in the gut including:
  • decreased enzyme production to digest food
  • decreased oxygen delivery to the gut
  • decreased absorption of nutrients
  • reduced blood flow to the digestive tract, leading to decreased metabolism.
How to reduce stress-

Meditations in the form of yoga, walking, exercising can help reduce the effects of stress, function better with a clear head, and satisfaction in both personal and business relationships.

This article is an abstract from Cornea:October 2009 - Volume 28 - Issue 11 - pp S70-S74 for more information,

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Monday, December 9, 2013

Dry Eye Treatments- Home Remedies for Demodex- Eye Mites Can Cause Irritation.

Eyelash mites, also called "Demodex" can cause irritation.

Eyelash mites are tiny parasites that live in the hair follicles of the eyelash roots. While most people have mites naturally, some people are allergic to them.


Symptoms of Demodex are red eyes, swelling of the eyelid and flaky skin or rashes are common.  These symptoms are the same as Blepharitis. The infection that eyelash mites can cause is known as demodicosis or "Demodex". Treating the infection quickly and completely will help prevent future episodes.

Here is a home remedy to try
Things You'll Need
1.  No tear baby soap
2. Water
3. Washcloth
4. Tea tree oil
5. New make up
6. Clean sheets and pillow cases

1.  Wash your face and eye area with a gentle no-tear baby soap. Dilute the baby soap with water to create a 50/50 solution. Gently scrub with a washcloth twice a day.

2.  Apply a drop of tea tree oil diluted with water (50:50) to each eyebrow, as well as a drop to each eyelash, because mites living in the brows can easily drop down into the eyelashes.

3.  Throw away all your eye make-up and buy new items. Avoid wearing any make-up for at least one week, to keep the area clean.

4. Wash sheets and pillowcases on a regular weekly basis.

5. Schedule an appointment with your doctor if the problem persists. Your doctor can prescribe a topical antibiotic ointment to help kill the mites and clear up the problem.

prescribe a topical antibiotic ointment to help kill the mites and clear up the problem.

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