Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Dry Eye Relief When Drops Don't Work

Dry Eye Relief When Drops Don't Work

Eye Drops are Not Enough - Risk Factors for Chronic Dry Eye Syndrome. What you have to lose when not treated.
There are numerous risk factors for dry eye syndrome:  include but not limited to:

1.      Women in menopause

Menopause women who receive hormone replacement therapy are at higher risk.  Postmenopausal women who use hormone replacement therapy, especially estrogen, have a higher prevalence of dry eye syndrome compared with those who have never used hormone replacement therapy.  In clinical experience, both menopausal and postmenopausal women tend to have dry eye symptoms; this can be attributed to the significant decrease of tear production around the sixth decade of life in women.4  Similarly, it has been noted that women with primary ovarian failure develop clinically significant dry eye syndrome.

3.      Medications - 

Medications such as diuretics (to lower high blood pressure) , antidepressants, antihistamines, anticholinergics, and systemic retinoids like Accutane
 can increase the risk of developing dry eye syndrome.
4.      Environmental factors,

Such as reduced humidity and increased wind, drafts, air conditioning, or heating may worsen the ocular discomfort of patients with dry eye.  Exogenous irritants and allergens, although not believed to be causative of dry eye, can certainly increase the symptoms of dry eye syndrome in patients, as can extended visual tasking during computer use, television watching, and prolonged reading.
5.      LASIK or PRK Surgery:

Following refractive surgery such as laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) or photorefractive keratectomy (PRK), patients for several months may experience significant dry eye due to the severing of the corneal nerves during surgery.
6.      Systemic Diseases:  Sjogrens, Blepharitis, Lymphoma, Viral Infections, AIDS …

Dry eye-associated systemic diseases include Sjögren's syndrome, where inflammation of the lacrimal gland leads to tear-production deficiency, and rosacea, which is associated with posterior blepharitis with increased tear evaporation.  Aqueous tear deficiency may develop in systemic pathologies such as lymphoma, sarcoidosis, hemochromatosis, and amyloidosis. Dry eye may likewise develop in patients with systemic viral infections
 and AIDS.  Lacrimal gland swelling, dry eye, and Sjögren’s syndrome have been associated with Epstein-Barr virus infections and decreased tear production, reduced tear volume, and reduced tear lactoferrin concentrations have been seen in patients with hepatitis C. Neuromuscular disorders that affect the patient’s blink (e.g., Parkinson disease, Bell palsy) can lead to dry eye syndrome as can localized findings such as eyelid malposition, lagophthalmos, and blepharitis.  
7.      Cancer Treatments

Radiation, Transplantation, Localized trauma, including orbital surgery, radiation, and injury, may also cause dry eye.
You can see from all the research into the risk factors of DED that we need to go beyond just dispensing some artificial tear to our DED patients.  We need to look into the lifestyle of our patients to insure we address the underlying issues our patients may have.  It is the first step to insure success in DED treatment.

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An alternative is to try an oral system that help your tear glands secret your own tears naturally throughout the day.

TheraLife Eye capsules are formulated to be taken orally. It is unique because it targets tear secretion through intra-cellular mechanisms (internal cell functions). Once the person have been on TheraLife Eye and feel relief, they can also bring the capsules with them when doing outdoors activities being exposed to sun and wind. Simply take a few more capsules in addition to the regular dosage when eyes feel dry again. Usually the relief comes within 20-30 minutes. Give TheraLife Eye a try.

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