Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Dry Eyes Rank Highest in Patient Complaints.

Complaints for dry eyes rank highest in the eye doctor’s offices compare to all other ailments.

Some interesting summaries reported by  the “Industry News” article  AOA News

1) About half of all adults (48%) in United States experience one or more dry eye symptom(s) on daily basis.  That means out of 300 million people in United States, 144 million experience dry eye symptoms.  This can be expanded to 360 million worldwide-  2.5 times US statistics. 

2) Ninteen Percent ( 19%) of women age 55 and older have experienced dry eye symptoms for more than 10 years.  This is now a chronic condition.

3) More than half (69%) who experience one or more dry eye symptom(s) have not visited an eye doctor to treat these symptoms.

4) Of those who visited an eye doctor , nineteen percent (19% ) visited more than once before finding relief and 22% reported that they still have not found relief.

The statistics are staggering.  Prolonged dry eyes not treated can lead to cornea damage and pain.

Dry eye syndrome can impact quality of life, productivity,  ability to work and can cause depression, plus other disorders.

The most common treatment has always been eye drops with or without preservatives.  Some use eye drops as often as every hour, and their eyes become drier and drier over time.

At the center of the problem s "inflammation" which  causes the tear secretion glands to shut down, eye drops only provide superficial temporary relief on the surface.  The underlying cause of dry eyes is under active tear secretion glands.
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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

State of Dry Eye Management in Doctor's Offices.

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Many dry eye customers come to TheraLife relating the fact that they have gone to their eye doctor's, and not getting relief.  This research study was performed to see what the perceptions are of the dry eye disease in current clinical practices.

Goal of the study - to assess the perceptions of eye care providers regarding the clinical management of dry eye.

Survey  Method - Invitations to complete a 17-question online survey to 400 members of the North Carolina Ophthalmology and Optometry Associations including community optometrists, comprehensive ophthalmologists, and cornea specialists.

1. Burning- most often complained symptom.
2. Foreign Body Sensation.
3. Watery eyes- yes, watery dry eyes

Treatment Recommendations
1. Artificial Tears - most often recommended.
2. Cyclosporin A
High rate of failure is observed using eye drops.  The reason being, frequent use of eye drops make your eyes drier.

Other diseases or disorders seen in the dry eye population

1. Rheumatoid arthritis,
2. Sjögren syndrome,
3. Anxiety and depression,
5. Smoking,
6. Thyroid Diseases

The ability to diagnose and manage dry eye disease in clinical practices vary.  Diagnoses is mostly based on medical history rather than objective, measurable tests.
Eye drops do not work for a large percentage of dry eye sufferers.
Burning is the most frequent complaint from dry eye customers in a doctor's offices.

This is an abstract from Opthalmology Management
Williamson JF, Huynh K, Weaver MA, Davis RM. Eye Contact Lens. 2014 Mar;40(2):111-5.

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Monday, May 5, 2014

Chalazion, Demodex and Blepharitis in Chronic Dry Eye Disease.

Chalazion is a lump that looks like a pimple formed at the eye lid.  It is caused by lipogranulomatous inflammation of the meibomian gland. Due to the infiltration of giant cells in this chronic inflammatory granuloma.   It is suspected that chalazion may be caused by a host response to foreign material derived from several pathogens, including mites residing on eye lashes.  . 

Prevalence in younger patients, less than 20 years of age is about 13 to 20% .  In older people this increases to approaches to 95 to 100% by age of 70 years.1-3 A few reports have described the presence of mites in tissue sections of a surgical specimen4 and in lashes of an adult patient with chalazia.5 Recently, a research study by Yam and co-workers conducted a retrospective study that reported a high incidence (72.9%) of Demodex infestation in 30 adult patients with recurrent chalazia.6

New research in a prospective, observational, comparative study that looked at patients with chalazia and compared them with age and gender matched patients without chalazia.7  The results indicates all patients with chalazia underwent surgical removal of the lipogranulomatous lump.  This study showed Demodex infestation was significantly more prevalent in patients with chalazia than in control patients as a group (69.2% vs 20.3%) . Demodicosis was associated strongly with chalazia. Demodex brevis was significantly more prevalent than Demodex folliculorum in patients with chalazia. Patients with Demodex infestation tended to show recurrence, mainly in those with Demodex brevis.

This study indicates that ocular demodicosis is a risk factor for chalazia. Although crusts and debris on eyelashes is often a sign of Demodex infestation,

Treatment for Chalazion is hot compress – 4-5 times/day.  10-20 minutes each time. Plus using dilute tea tree oil to get rid of the eye lash mites.

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