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The Common Sense Of
Driving and Vision Care
and simple tips for truckers, equipment operators, Professional drivers and the
everyday driver, to reduce fatigue and protect vision.
Something to think
It’s more common than you might
realize, and it can be deadly. You’ve been on the road for three days straight,
with not enough sleep, and the air-conditioner and diesel exhaust blasting your
face and eyes. After a while, your lips and face get chapped, your neck and
shoulders feel stiff, and your eyelids become so heavy you have to stop and
grab some coffee. Even then, your eyes may continue to feel tired and burning.
Because you’re on a tight schedule, you press on even though your eyes continue
to bother you and you know you’re becoming a road hazard. There often just
isn’t time, on the road, to adequately protect your eyes.
As you are probably aware, there are
several things drivers can do to prevent or relieve tired, strained, irritated
“Trucker’s Eyes” on a long distance trip. You’ll be pleased to learn that not
all of them involve coffee or eyedrops, either. Bio-Logic
Aqua Technologies Biomedical Research has developed a wealth of new information
about caring for eyes and skin – the result of a decade of research into dry
air and eye moisture. Even if you don’t follow these recommendations to the
letter, you never know when the information might come in handy. It might even
prevent an accident.
of the discomfort that truckers experience while driving comes from dehydration
(drying out) of the eyes, skin (especially the facial skin), and breathing
passages. Alleviate the dryness and many of the the
symptoms go away!
Several environmental factors in the
typical truck cabin can combine to cause a slight increase in the rate of moisture
(water) evaporation from the TEAR FILM covering the eyes’ exposed surfaces. The
tear film is amazingly complex even though it is only about five microns
(millionths of a meter) thick. It doesn’t take much evaporation to cause
problems. The tear film consists of:
Lipid layer. This topmost
layer is comprised of a very thin film of fatty oil that lubricates the eyelid
and slows moisture evaporation from the lower layers.
Aqueous layer. The middle and
thickest layer contains the vast majority of the tear film’s moisture. This is
where most moisture loss occurs. The layer also contains electrolytes, proteins
and bacteria-fighting antibodies. It provides oxygenated water to allow the cornea
Mucin layer. This bottom layer glues the tear film to the optical surface.
The most physically irritating result of tear film
moisture loss is an over-concentration of electrolyte (salt) and proteins in
the aqueous layer. The results are
itching, burning, eye-strain, fatigue and other symptoms. Lack of adequate tear
film moisture is called, “dry eye,” “dry irritated eyes,” or “trucker’s dry
Soothing dry irritated eyes.
Soothing dry irritated eyes is a
simple and logical procedure: Simply add
moisture to the tear film! However, over the past 110 years of medical
research, this has proved more easily said than done. While traditional
formulated eyedrops can be beneficial (mostly as a
moisture sealer), they are difficult to apply and not always effective. And you
need to pull your vehicle off the road to apply them! Also, the chemicals and
preservatives in eyedrops can cause an allergic
reaction. That’s why it says on the label not to use eyedrops
more than three or four times a day.
The primary drawback to eyedrops is that instead of working naturally to augment
and replenish tear film moisture, because of the large size of the drops (up to
ten times the entire tear film volume), they can flood and wash away the tear
film, replacing it with artificial chemicals. The protective antibodies that
fight bacteria are also washed away.
The best way to keep eyes moist is
to mist with Nature’s Tears EyeMist whenever discomfort is felt. This unique
moisture-mist provides the correct pH balance, mineral content and osmolarity to penetrate to the tear film’s aqueous layer in just the right amount –without
flooding. Because the product is an all-natural mist, there are none of the
drawbacks to conventional eye drops. Best
of all, you can apply it while driving!
Even if you use eyedrops,
they will become more effective as a moisture sealer (to help decrease tear
film evaporation), if you apply Nature’s Tears EyeMist first. Because Nature’s
Tears EyeMist has no dosage limit, you may also apply the mist between eyedrop applications—whenever eye discomfort is felt and/or
as a preventative before you feel the discomfort.
Always keep Nature’s Tears EyeMist in your glove
Tears EyeMist three-to-four times a day, or whenever eye discomfort is felt.
“Just-a-Mist™ sweep across the face instantly replenishes tear film
moisture…naturally, easily, and in just the right amount.
And remember: Nature’s Tears EyeMist cannot be over-used.
Vision care tips
¨ Smoking while driving is especially unhealthy because
of the confined space. It addition to damaging lungs and heart, cigarette smoke
is extremely irritating to eyes – even with a window opened.
¨ Drink plenty of water while driving. Luke-warm water
is less likely to make you go to the bathroom.
¨ Sunglasses, obviously, can help reduce road glare.
¨ Eat foods with high water content, and easily digested
¨ Get as much sleep as you can. Try to keep as normal a
sleep schedule as possible.
¨ Truck stop showers are great but long, luxuriant motel
baths are even better. If you can’t take a bath, take frequent long, hot
showers, keeping eyes opened and breathing in the steam.
¨ After sleeping, after showering, and several times a
day in-between if your eyes are causing problems, put
hot compresses on your face and eyes with a wet, soapless
washcloth. Rinse and repeat several times. This will cleanse and moisturize the
skin and eyes, and draw out toxins.
¨ Keep Nature’s Tears EyeMist handy wherever you go.
Mist when you get up in the morning, after naps, after showering or cleansing,
whenever eyes or face feel tired or uncomfortable, and three or four times a
day as you drive as a preventative. Breathe the mist in deeply, following the
Yoga technique of inhaling through the nose and exhaling through the mouth.
BIO MED WASH® first-aid
wash, another Bio-Logic Aqua product,
can be a helpful addition to your
glove compartment or first-aid kit. Use it to cleanse cuts and abrasions and to
immediately wash off gasoline, or most other irritating chemicals, that get on
skin or eyes, to prevent or lessen chemical burns.