February 16, 2015
A recent news release described an innovative new therapy for dry eye syndrome involving heating the eyelid to unclog blocked meibomian gland ducts.* Fresh water advocate and radio host Sharon Kleyne recently investigated heat therapy, along with another relatively new dry eye application called tear film water supplementation. Kleyne will discuss both discoveries on her upcoming Sharon Kleyne Hour™ Power of Water® radio show.
*Simons, JW, "An innovative treatment for dry eye," The Telegraph, February 9, 2015
The next Sharon Kleyne Hour™ Power of Water® broadcast will air on February 16, 2015. For the live broadcast, or podcasts of past shows, go to http://www.voiceamerica.com/show/2207/the-sharon-kleyne-hour.
The syndicated show, hosted by Sharon Kleyne, is heard live on Mondays at 10:00 a.m. on VoiceAmerica, and by podcast on VoiceAmerican and Apple iTunes. The education oriented show is sponsored by Bio-Logic Aqua® Research, a global research and technology center founded by Kleyne and specializing in fresh water, the atmosphere and dehydration. Nature's Tears® EyeMist® is the Research Center's signature product for dry and dehydrated eyes.
Dry eye syndrome, according to Kleyne, can have multiple causes, including dehydration of the body, tear (lachrymal) gland malfunction, malfunctions of the lipid producing meibomian glands located in the eyelids, and dry or polluted external conditions. The result is a loss of water in the complex tear film that protects the eyes' exposed portions. The tear film refracts light, lubricates the eyelids and contains antibodies that protect the eyes from microbial invasion.
A normal tear film is 99 percent water, says Kleyne, which must be constantly replenished either by the tear glands or by absorption of water vapor from the surrounding atmosphere. No matter what causes the dry eye, the condition is made worse by dry air that increases the rate of tear film evaporation, and is made better by humid air, whose moisture is absorbed by the tear film (although very humid air can disrupt the body's natural cooling process).
A drop in the tear film's water content of only two percent, Kleyne explains, can trigger dry eye symptoms such as itching and burning eyes, blurred vision, fatigue and headaches. If the water loss persists, dry eye can lead to vision impairment and eventual blindness.
Meibomian glands secrete a thin layer of oil that covers the much thicker water layer. The purpose of the oil is to slow the rate of tear film water evaporation.
The new eyelid heat therapy, according to Kleyne, is based on the fact that inadequate meibomian gland production may be the result of clogged oil ducts. The purpose of applying heat is to melt the coagulated oil and unclog the ducts. .
Tear film water supplementation is based on Kleyne's discovery that restoring the tear film's water content to 100 percent will soothe eye discomfort and avoid damaging dry eye effects such as corneal ulceration. Tear film supplementation is accomplished by applying an ultra fine fresh water mist to the area in front of the eyes, which the tear film is able to absorb.
We live in an era, says Kleyne, when the atmosphere in many parts of the world, because of climate change, extended drought, climatic extremes and air pollution, may no longer provide the required clean air and humidity for a healthy and hydrated tear film. In such an environment, the use of personal hand held eye misting devices could become essential to good vision health.
Bio-Logic Aqua® Research signature product, Nature's Tears® EyeMist®, is designed specifically to supplement lost eye moisture with an ultra fine, pure water mist derived from the Research Center's trade secret tissue culture grade water. The patented product is available worldwide and has been endorsed in the United States by 22,000 optometrists and ophthalmologists.
For optimal tear film health, Kleyne recommends drinking eight glasses of water a day, avoiding prolonged exposure to places or situations that are extremely dry or dehydrating, and becoming aware of the room humidity indoors, especially in winter. Kleyne also recommends daily face washing with repeated hot compresses to open pores, hydrate and detoxify facial and eyelid skin, and humidify the tear film.
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