Monday, March 31, 2014

Do eye drops really work for dry eye treatment?

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We hear very often that eye doctors prescribe eye drops, and the drops don't work.  Let's see  what kind of dry eye patients the eye doctors see in their clinical offices.

In this new research, a 17-question online survey were mailed to 400 members of the North Carolina Ophthalmology and Optometry Associations including community optometrists, comprehensive ophthalmologists, and cornea specialists.

Results indicate the following :
1. Symptoms- the most complained about symptoms is burning, followed by foreign body sensation.

Burning >> foreign body sensation> tearing (Watery Dry Eyes)

2. Eighty percent (80%) of the eye doctors indicate eye drops is the most recommended treatment. 

3. High failure rate for eye drops, including cyclosporine A

4. Concurrent medication indiations that occur with chronic dry eyes are- Rheumatoid arthritis, Sjögren syndrome, anxiety and depression, history of LASIK surgery, smoking, and thyroid disease.

5. Doctors rely heavily on subjective symptoms rather than testing for dry eyes such as Schirmer's Test, Tear Breakup Test, Tear Osmolarity Test etc.  Rarely examine the condition of meibomian (oil) glands - looking for meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD)

CONCLUSIONS: The survey provided an informative snapshot into the preferences of eye care providers cin regards to the diagnosis and management of dry eye disease.

Overall, burning was the most common symptom reported by patients.

Doctors relied mostly on patient history in guiding their clinical decisions than objective signs.  Therefore, the severity and extent of dry eye damages are not evaluated.

The survey indicates well established dry eye tests are not used in evaluating chronic dry eye conditions.  Resulting in treating all dry eye patients the same- eye drops.

To read more
Perceptions of Dry Eye Disease Management in Current Clinical Practice
Williamson JF, Huynh K, Weaver MA, Davis RM. Eye Contact Lens. 2014 Mar;40(2):111-5.

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Perceptions of Dry Eye Disease Management in Current Clinical Practice
Williamson JF, Huynh K, Weaver MA, Davis RM. Eye Contact Lens. 2014 Mar;40(2):111-5.

Friday, March 28, 2014

New Research Indicates Contact Lenses Cause Conrea Ulcers


Contact lenses are also culprits for chronic dry eyes.  Now there is a new and different issue.

An increase use of new contact lenses may be creating conrea ulcers at nine times the rate compare to not wearing contact lenses.   

A study of over a million Californians in United States showed that people who wore contact lenses were 9 times more likely to suffer from corneal ulcers.  Many people do not follow basic contact lens safety guidelines.  

Researcher Dr. David Gritz of Montefiore Medical Center in New York told Reuters Health: “As new contact lens innovations become available, and people hear that they can wear these contact lenses for weeks or a month without taking them off. They don’t realize the dramatic increase in risk it causes them. Our eyes do need breaks from contact lens wear.”  He went on to say, “Contact lenses can even act as a bandage over eye irritation, covering up symptoms.”

People infected with HIV were also nine times more likely to develop the condition than those who were HIV negative.

Contact lenses provide a surface for tears to evaporate, causing chronic dry eyes.  

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Do Eye Drops Make Your Eyes Drier? TheraLife Can Help!

You have been using eye drops for your dry eyes for ever.  Your eye doctor prescribed drops with gels, drops without preservatives.  Nothing seem to help.  You are at the right place.

Eye drops make your eyes drier

You probably suspected this is the case all along.  This is because frequent use of eye drops is washing away the natural lubricants your eyes produce- like washing your eye balls under a faucet.  This dryness result in inflammation, causing your eyes to hurt, red, irritated, light sensitive until they become unbearable.

The worst thing you can do is to use "decongestant eye drops" such as Visine- that takes the red out.  . Long-term use can cause your eyes to become dependent on these eye drops, and when you stop, the blood vessels dilate even more and become worse, making red eyes worse.

Prolonged dry eye left untreated can lead to corneal ulcers, cornea abrasions which may require cornea transplant..

Why eye drops do not work for chronic dry eye?

The answers resides in our tear composition and tear secretion glands:
  1. Lacrimal Glands- This gland produces the bulk of your tear and creates tear volume
  2. Meibomian Glands- This gland secretes thickening agents (proteins, lipids, and mucin) to prevent tear evaporation and protects the eye
Our body requires that the tear volume and tear thickness be balanced and secreted evenly over time in order to relief dry eyes. Typical treatments only relief part of the condition, but not both

- Eye drops – compensate for the lack of tear volume.

- Oily eye capsules – compensate for the lack of tear viscosity (thickness), prevent tear evaporation

Over time, the more drops you give your eyes, your eyes are learning not to secrete tears due to conditioning reflux.  

Overuse of eye drops usually is more than 4-5 times/day.  This includes antibiotic eye drops, dry eye medications, prescription dry eye drops, glaucoma drops etc..

For chronic dry eyes, you need balanced, sustainable tear secretion throughout the day.
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