Here you will find a growing list of general links and research on eye health and eye care that I hope you might find helpful along with links to great information about health, nutrition and well-being.
An excellent article that discusses dry eye syndrome in a completely new light, taking into account lifestyle factors that exacerbate – or directly lead to – the progression of symptoms. This is the first truly holistic look at the OSD (Ocular Surface Disease) in order to shine a light on how many people come to develop OSD over time.
Although this is several years old, the review discusses a number of still current options for dealing with and treating MGD. “MGD is one of the most common diseases observed in clinics; it influences a great number of people, and is the leading cause of evaporative dry eye”
Common medications to look out for that exacerbate dry eyes include, over-the-counter antihistamines, anti-depressants and estrogen therapy.
A 2016 Japanese study assesses sleep quality in dry eye patients. Newly diagnosed DES patients show improved sleep quality after early opthalmalogic intervention as compared to established DES patients.
A panel of Opthalmologists and Pharmacists discuss treatment options and diagnosis for ocular surface diseases such as dry eyes. As more dry eye patients walk through the doors of pharmacies looking for help, better knowledge of the condition is required.
A new dietary supplement with a combination of omega 3 fatty acids and antioxidants reduces dry eye symptoms in glaucoma patients.
A round up of treatment plans for dry eyes and the pitfalls of past treatment options. Doctors and eye specialists are slowing becoming aware of more effective treatment options for their patients.
Water and good hydration is critical for multiple body functions. Find out more about the benefits of hydration and dry eye relief.
Seabuckthorn is a small berry from the Himalayas. It is a rich source of Omega 7 fatty acids and also rich in Vitamin E (tocotrienols). A double-blind, placebo study confirmed that Seabuckthorn oil had a positive effect on tear film osmolarity and dry eye symptoms after 3 months.
Acupuncture reduces lipid tear deficiency and helped with Sjögren syndrome (Non-SSDE) related dry eyes. The researchers note that acupuncture “provided a measurable improvement of the tear meniscus dimension”.
A very handy index of common eye health issues and problems as documented by All About Vision.
Could dry eye relief be as easy as these Manuka Honey based eye drops.
Patients suffering from chronic dry eyes or dry eye syndrome may only be required to use artificial tears once a week. Clinical trials are to commence soon but I wouldn’t hold your breath. The real efficacy of this technology is still to be proven.
Nutritional balance, including adequate vitamins, minerals and fatty acids play a big part in dry eye disease. Dry eye relief comes with understanding this and being willing to make some sacrifices to return to some kind of nutritional balance in your diet. This formula includes higher levels of fatty acids and includes curcumin, a potent anti inflammatory for dry eye symptoms.
Resveratrol is highly recommended as a method of reducing inflammation, protecting against oxidative stress and premature ageing. Thus it can be effective in protecting your eye health and reducing the inflammation cascade associated with chronic dry eye.
This study again highlights the benefits of resveratrol as a potent protective agent against modern illnesses and disease. “In the history of pharmaceuticals, there has never been a drug that binds to a protein to make it run faster in the way that resveratrol activates SIRT1,”
The European Society of Cardiology finds an elevated risk of Cardiovascular disease and cancer in this population study of men aged 20 – 79 with low testosterone serum levels.
With lowered testosterone being causative for meibomian and lacrimal gland dysfunction, this study sheds light on how important healthy levels of testosterone are for men and women as they age.
Mark Mitchell OD now operating in Reno.
A new hand held device that administers a near mineral free mist to the tear film helping stabilise osmolarity and down regulating inflammatory effects.
Dry eye syndrome is a little-known symptom of menopause. About 61 percent of perimenopausal and menopausal women suffer from dry, itchy eyes — but only 16 percent of them realize menopause is to blame, according to the Society for Women’s Health Research.
( I think this blog should really be titled, ” The Unsurprising Connection That’s Been Around For A While But Has Been Poorly Understood” )
Rigel Pharmaceuticals has developed a topical ophthalmic (eye drop) formulation of R348, a JAK/SYK inhibitor, aimed at reducing the underlying inflammation responsible for causing the symptoms of this condition. Phase 2 studies are about to commence.
Scientists are still discovering yet more protective effects of resveratrol and curcumin. Gene research is shedding light on how these substances assist in switching off or turning down the genes responsible for the start of chronic disease.
Eye care is as much about prevention as it is cure. Evidence is showing standard symptoms of dry eyes are not always apparent in some dry eye patients.
What are Tocotrienols? Find out more about how this vitamin E derivative protects against cancer, downregulates inflammation, maintains healthy cells and nerves, while lowering cholesterol.
Recent trials have shown a topical form of an arthritis drug, Anakinra, is effective in reducing inflammatory mediators associated with dry eye disease. A potential new eye drop is on the way once further trials are concluded.
“With all the gadgets kids use these days, what we noticed now is that more and more children have dry eyes—which was unheard of before,” said Dr. Pik Sha Chan-Uy
A recent study finds that caster oil in artificial tears increases ocular comfort and improves tear film evaporation times.
EFAs and Vitamin C – More evidence of Efficacy
Australian-based eye surgeon and ophthalmologist discusses his use of essential fatty acids and vitamin c in dry eye patients.
“I find Vitamin C quite useful either alone or as an adjunct to omega-3 supplementation.”
Antioxidants helped reduce free radical-induced eye stress in a 2009 study. More evidence that the potency of vitamin C and Glutathione exert strong antioxidant effect in everyday health and protect against cornea damage.
“Doubt and confusion are the currency of deception and they help sow the seeds of complacency.”
Dr Mark Hyman, specialist in functional medicine, explains the top 5 reasons corn syrup is damaging to your health.
Perhaps just a sign of the times? Being more time-poor than ever, we are a society reaching for fast-foods and quick meals just a little too easily.
Is the ‘McDonald’s effect’ alive and well again?
This study of 51 smokers showed much lower tear film break up time scores than a corresponding group of non smokers. Given what we know today about smoking and chronic disease, this should not come as a surprise.
The mechanisms for why smoking is linked to dry eye disease need more investigation.
One potential connection could be made between smokers and Vitamin C status. It is common for smokers to have lower than normal levels of Vitamin C.
Ascorbic acid is known to reduce the histamine and inflammatory response in the body, including eye tissues and glands.
A London University of Ophthalmology recently found that exercise helps to ward off Glaucoma by reducing the risk of low ocular profusion pressure (OPP).
New study of 3,713 postmenopausal women shows that magnesium is a powerful anti-inflammatory nutrient. Each 100 mg of magnesium per day was associated with a significant reduction in various inflammatory markers.
More evidence of magnesium’s important role as a natural anti inflammatory for your dry eye solution.
Dry Eye Syndrome has transformed into one of the most prevalent ocular surface diseases, with an estimated 20-30% of the world population suffering from the condition according to analysts.
Dry Eyes and Menopause
Very insightful and interesting site devoted to women’s health issues. Marcelle Pick OB\Gyn discusses the links between dry eyes, menopause and hormone imbalances, including low testosterone as a cause of dry eyes.
Low Testosterone in Dry Eye Syndrome
Jeffrey Dach, MD discusses curing androgen deficiency as natural remedy for dry eyes. Also points to studies that shed more light on low testosterone and dry eyes. Highly recommended.
A stunning, ground-breaking documentary about the value of food to be thy medicine. Lifting the lid on the sickness industry and how food, not drugs, can prevent disease and save lives. Highly recommended and potentially life changing.
Natural Progesterone Treatment
A great source of information and practical guides to using natural progesterone cream for balancing hormones. Your body makes a cascade of other essential hormones from progesterone, which makes it a key hormone in overall hormone balance and very beneficial for dry eyes.
Respected author and Doctor, John Lee, provides a brief overview of why estrogen dominance can cause a host of common problems in the body and why healthy levels of progesterone are so important.
Dry Eyes Forum
A great resource for support and discussion on all topics to do with dry eyes!