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NATURE'S TEARS® is an all-natural Eye-Mist® containing Bio-Logic Aqua™ tissue-culture grade water-pure, pH correct and bio-compatible with the eye's natural tear film. Restores lost moisture to the tear film's delicate aqueous layer, the skin of the eyelids and the skin around the eyes. NATURE'S TEARS® is not eye drops.

NATURE'S TEARS® EyeMist® is a new convenience applied any time, any place, without lifting the eyelid or disrupting most actives. The unique, patent-pending, micron-size mist does not flood the tear film and is sterile, safe, propellant-free and preservative free.

NATURE'S TEARS® contains no chemicals to irritate eyes or surrounding sensitive areas. May be used with all other eye care products and will not disturb make-up.

Apply NATURE'S TEARS® natural moisture as often as desired.


  • Does not flood tear film
  • Preservative-free
  • Sterile
  • Non-allergenic
  • Contact lens-safe

An entirely new, approach...

Dry eye irritated eyes, eye strain, burning eyes, red eye, contact lens discomfort, computer vision syndrome, computer eye irritation, allergy eyes, post-LASIK discomfort and MORE.

Moisture is WATER! Dry eye, eye strain, red eye, can occur when the ocular tear film's all-important aqueous (water) layer lacks sufficient moisture. Nature's Tears EyeMist is the ONLY eye-care product that penetrates the tear film with a diffusion of pure, pH-balanced, all-natural moisture directly to the aqueous layer.

LifeSource Vitamins-Nature's Tears All Natural Eye Mist, is an all-natural Eye-Mist containing Bio-Logic Aqua, tissue-culture grade water-pure, pH correct and bio-compatible with the eye's natural tear film.








Learn how a mist replenishes moisture more effectively

Moisture Is Water!

Creams and lotions are not moisture, even when labeled as "moisturizers". Moisture can certainly contain substances other than water, but as water diffuses into moisture, the dissolved minerals, contaminants, and pollutants, can remain suspended in the minute moisture droplets.

The Amazing Tear Film.

The ocular tear film the covers the exposed portion of the eye and is only four or five microns thick. When eyes become dry, the ultimate cause is usually moisture depletion in the tear film's middle layer. This depletion can total no more than two to five nanoliters but those barely measurable quantities can make a huge difference. Replace those nanoliters and your eyes will feel much more comfortable.

The Eye Drop Dilemma.

How do you get two to five nanoliters of into the aqueous layer? You could use a very tiny eyedropper but it would be needle thin and not practical for safety reasons. The typical commercial eyedropper is much larger and blunt-ended. Its drops, however, contain ten to 40 times the volume of the entire tear film. Drops that large flood the tear film and wash away the overlying lipid (oil) layer, whose purpose is to slow moisture evaporation from the aqueous layer. Disrupting the lipid layer can make dry eyes even dryer.

The Mist Solution.

The "Mist Solution," discovered by Nature's Tears EyeMist, utilizes an ultra-fine mist instead of drops. The micron-droplets penetrate the overlying lipid layer much like vinegar penetrates salad oil: the oil parts, the water enters and the oil then reseals.
Using the right water is critical. Water for the eyes must be sterile and free from contaminants and pollution. It must be mostly free from salt, heavy metals, artificial formulations and potentially allergenic preservatives. It must contain minute quantities of beneficial minerals such as silicon, calcium and potassium. And it must have a pH (acid/alkaline) balance that is compatible with the tear film's pH.

A word about salt:

Everyone knows that tears are salty, but exactly how salty they are can be critical. When the aqueous layer loses water to evaporation, the salt remains. It is this over-concentration of salt that causes discomfort. Discomfort is alleviated only when the salt concentration is diluted to normal levels. Adding salt to dry irritated eyes (salt is an ingredient in nearly all artificial tear products), cannot not possibly dilute the aqueous layer's salt.

Nature's Tears EyeMist – the First and Only!

Nature's Tears EyeMist is the first and only product that utilizes a diffusion of ultra-pure, pH compatible water, with a mild and beneficial mineral content, free from preservatives and formulated chemicals. The water is "Bio-Logic Aqua tissue-culture grade water." This unique water is applied to the eyes – using specially designed vaporizing technology – as an ultra-fine mist, to supply needed moisture, in nanoliter quantities, directly to the tear film's aqueous layer.

Source:

"Tear Film and Treatment of Dry Eye Disease," by William Mathers, MD. Bio-Logic Aqua Research, 2005

Contact lens intolerance.

Contact lenses, those handy-dandy little vision aids, make the difference for 28 million people between seeing clearly in all directions, or being confined to inconvenient and distorting eyeglasses or worse. With the many choices and technological advances available these days, contact lenses should continue to benefit millions of people who have less-than-perfect vision.

Here's the catch: While a few contact lens users are able to wear their lenses for days or weeks at a time with no problem, such individuals are the exception. Many people can tolerate contact lenses only for short periods, and many cannot tolerate them at all. Even for those who tolerate them reasonably well, lenses frequently cause discomfort. This article will suggest a way to soothe much of the eye discomfort caused by contact lenses:

The amazing tear film.

The main thing to know about contact lenses is that they float on the surface of the delicate and complex tear film that covers the exposed parts of the eyeball, and they rely on the tear film's moisture (water content) to maintain their pliability, integrity and adherence. The surface tension of the tear film's moisture against the lenses prevents them from falling out.

The problem is that the most popular types of lenses deplete the tear film's moisture content and therefore interfere with healthy tear film functioning. Soft lenses, and gas permeable lenses, have been compared to miniature sponges because of the amount of tear film moisture they soak up. Even rigid lenses deplete some tear film moisture. In addition, all lenses, even gas permeable, reduce the amount of oxygen reaching the corneal surface. Rigid lenses restrict oxygen the most, which is one reason they are smaller.

Tear film function and structure.

The tear film that covers the exposed optical surface is amazingly complex, considering that it is only about five microns (millionths of a meter) thick. Tear film components:

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 to breathe.

Mucin layer. This bottom layer glues the tear film to the optical surface.

Dry irritated eyes.

When tear film moisture is depleted, the resulting abnormal changes can make the eyes feel uncomfortable. The most physically irritating results of tear film moisture loss are an over-concentration of electrolyte (salt) and proteins in the aqueous layer. Insufficient oxygen in the aqueous layer's moisture can also cause discomfort. Discomfort can include itching, burning, irritation, eyestrain, headache, etc.

Soothing dry, irritated eyes.

Soothing dry, irritated eyes, whether caused by contact lenses, environmental conditions or bodily dehydration from illness or stress, is a simple and logical tear film cross section procedure: Simply add moisture to the tear film! In the past 110 years of medical eye care research, however, this has proved more easily said than done.

One problem has been getting the moisture past the overlying lipid layer. As it turns out, our eyes already know how to accomplish this trick. The tear film is perfectly capable of extracting all the moisture it needs from the humidity in the air, provided the air is reasonably humid (70% at 70 degrees), and the humidity droplets are pure and unpolluted.

However…the standard solution to the problem of dry, irritated eyes has been not humidity but eye drops. Since eye drops rely on chemical formulations and eyedroppers, they pose numerous drawbacks. The typical eye drop is ten times larger than the volume of the tear film. When applied, the drop may flood and wash away the natural tear film, including the evaporation-retarding lipid layer. Despite their complex chemistry, formulated eye drops invariably lack one thing: The minute quantity of pure, natural, pH-balanced water that is all the tear film really needs.

Additional drawbacks to eye drops and wetting agents:

  • You have to remove your contact lenses to apply them.
  • Some people are allergic to the chemicals and preservatives.
  • The eyedropper can cause injury.
  • Applying eye drops is a slow, tedious procedure.

The solution.

In 2002, Bio-Logic Aqua Technologies Biomedical Research introduced Nature's Tears EyeMist, the first effective, all-natural alternative to formulated eye drops for dry, irritated eyes. For the first time, millions of contact lens wearers are obtaining instant relief from dry, irritated eyes…without eye drops.

Nature's Tears EyeMist solved the problem of getting moisture in extremely minute quantities past the lipid layer into the aqueous layer. This is accomplished very simply, by delivering the moisture as an ultra-pure, ultra-fine mist that emulates the air's natural humidity. The mist is sprayed towards the face rather than into the eyes, enabling the tear film to extract exactly as much moisture as it needs, no more and no less. In most cases, all that is required to restore the tear film's moisture content to full volume and comfort, is two to five nanoliters (billionths of a liter). That is far too little to apply with an eyedropper.

As an added benefit, delivering moisture in the form of a mist oxygenates the moisture, thus increasing the aqueous layer's oxygen content.

A suggestion.

The most beneficial component of eye drops is the paraffin or oil that can serve as a sealer to slow tear film moisture loss. Eye drops are most effective as a moisture sealer when the tear film's moisture content is at full capacity. For best results, apply Nature's Tears EyeMist immediately before applying eye drops, and use the smallest amount of eye drops possible. Since Nature's Tears EyeMist has no dosage limit, it may also be applied between eye drop applications, or when eye drops are not convenient.

Managing Aging Eye - Lifestyle, Nutrition and Water.

"Eye Misting" Is a New, All-Natural Discovery for Senior Dry Eye

Seniors and aging eye.

As you age, it is normal to become concerned about the many serious eye diseases to which seniors are susceptible. These diseases are collectively called "aging eye."

Managing aging eye.

Ideally, your parents will have taken you for regular eye exams and made sure you ate properly, obtained sufficient sleep and exercise, and drank enough water (hydration is important because recent research is discovering a link between aging eye diseases and chronic dehydration). If you maintain and eye healthy lifestyle as an adult, your chances of developing serious aging eye diseases could be considerably reduced.

Bio-Logic Aqua Research has discovered that age related eye disease can be minimized by proactively managing your eye health and lifestyle.

The company recommends:

  • Regular eye exams (to catch problems early).
  • Drinking at least 60 to 80 ounces of water a day to prevent dehydration.
  • Eating plenty of dark green vegetables (spinach, kale, arugula and broccoli). Carrots are extremely high in beta-carotene, required for visual functioning.
  • Obtaining plenty of sleep and exercise.
  • Avoiding excessive sun exposure, prolonged computer use, smoking and other activities that create a high risk for dehydration and dry eye in seniors.

Aging eye diseases.

  • Age related macular degeneration.
  • Cataracts.
  • Diabetic retinopathy.
  • Floaters.
  • Glaucoma.
  • Presbyopia.

Senior dry eye.

Chronic dry eye (loss of tear film water/moisture) is common among seniors and can lead to corneal ulceration, eye cancer and blindness. Research is discovering that dry eye could be a root cause of all aging eye diseases. To prevent dry eye and prolong vision, it is important at any age to drink plenty of water, keep eyes hydrated and be aware of dehydration symptoms. Be especially proactive if you live in a high risk area for dry eye or frequently engage in the high risk activities listed above.

Eye Misting.

Proper eye hydration, maintaining the correct amount of all-natural moisture in the eye's tear film, could help senior citizens (and everyone else) prevent or alleviate aging eye diseases. A patented new all-natural approach to eye hydration, called "eye misting," has recently made this much easier. Simply point the gentle, 100% water, hand-held mist applicator towards your face and press a button. There are no eye drops, eye droppers, chemicals, preservatives or saline solution. Your eyes absorb the all-natural water mist from the air exactly as they absorb natural humidity.

The only all-natural water eye mist currently available is Nature's Tears® EyeMist®, from Bio-Logic Aqua Research.

Allergy Eye.

It is one of life's paradoxes: Your eyes drive you crazy from itching due to spring or summer allergies. And yet-as you know all too well-the one thing you must not do is scratch or rub them.

This article will not tell you it is finally OK to scratch or rub itching eyeballs. That is irritating, inflammatory, and embeds the offending pollen and irritants in the cornea and conjunctiva. The article will, however, offer alternatives to scratching and present recently developed information about the condition known as "allergy eye."

The Tear Film.


The eye's first line of defense against allergies is the complex and extremely thin tear film that covers the optical surface. Numerous environmental factors, from air pollution to air conditioning, can cause evaporation that results in slight, moderate or even severe tear film moisture loss (dehydration). This may be so slight that you don't feel any symptoms. However, if you happen to be sensitive to allergens such as pollen, the allergic reaction will be more severe if your tear film is not functioning at full capacity. Bio-Logic Aqua Technologies Biomedical Research has discovered that the best (and least expensive) way to mitigate the effect of allergens and other airborne irritants on the eyes is to pay attention to the health of your tear film.

What is an Allergy?

An "allergy" may be defined as "an adverse immunological reaction to a substance that normally does not produce such a reaction." Adverse reactions to things like pollen, mold spores and pet dander (called "allergens"), are an allergy because most people are not bothered by them. An adverse reaction to cigarette smoke or bee stings is not technically an allergy because nearly everybody reacts to them.

The typical allergic reaction produces symptoms in the eyes, breathing passages and skin. Some allergens only bother the eyes. This article will concern itself only with the effects of allergies on the eyes -- even if the same allergy also affects other areas -- and how to help defend the eyes not only against allergens but all airborne irritants.

A New Discovery.

It is common knowledge among specialists that allergy eye (especially pollen allergies) is worse in hot, dry weather and better in cool, humid weather. That is because many allergy eye symptoms result from dehydration of the tear film's aqueous (water) layer, thereby creating an over-concentration of irritants and allergens. Reflex tearing tries to wash out these irritants and restore the tear film's chemical and moisture balance. However, the reflex tears themselves may contain histamines and chemical imbalances.

Standard remedies such as eyedrops and redness relievers may be ineffective against allergy eye because they can wash away the natural tear film, including the evaporation-slowing lipid layer. Chemicals in these products can create their own adverse reactions.

The best way to soothe allergy eye, and mitigate the effect of environmental challenges that dehydrate the tear film, is to emulate cool, humid weather by adding add pure, pH-balanced humidity to the air around the eyes. The humid mist will find its way into the tear film's aqueous layer in just the right amount (two to five nanoliters) to help alleviate symptoms naturally and without harsh medicines, drops or chemical formulations.

Nature's Tears EyeMist.

The problem has been finding a way to bottle the natural, fresh, beneficial humidity of a spring rain and apply it to the eyes. This was finally solved by Bio-Logic Aqua Technologies Biomedical Research, Inc. The result is Nature's Tears EyeMist with the uniquely biocompatible Bio-LogicAqua tissue-culture grade of water. A patent-pending mist applicator breaks the water into micron-sized droplets that duplicate natural humidity no matter what the surrounding environmental conditions. Because Nature's Tears EyeMist contains no harmful propellants, preservatives or chemicals, it can be applied whenever discomfort is felt. Application several times a day can help prevent or lessen reactions to pollen and other allergens.

Avoiding or alleviating allergy eye.

Reducing allergens and minimizing symptoms:

  • AVOID RUBBING YOUR EYES!
  • Stay indoors when the pollen counts is at its peak., especially in mid-morning and early evening when wind is more apt to blow pollen around.
  • Keep windows closed and use air-conditioning during peak allergy seasons.
  • Wear glasses or sunglasses outdoors during peak seasons.
  • Allergy-proof your home; put dust-mite-proof covers on bedding and pillows; clean surfaces with a damp mop, rag, or shampooer rather than dry sweeping or dusting.
  • Keep pets outdoors as much as possible if you have pet allergies.
  • Reduce molds by keeping indoor humidity moderate (Note-too high humidity can breed molds, too low humidity can cause other problems such as dry eyes and skin. Shoot for 40% to 50% relative humidity at 70 degrees).
  • Remove contact lenses as soon as symptoms appear.

Standard remedies.

  • Cold compresses on the eyes (to soothe irritation and wash out irritants).
  • Oral antihistamines (may cause drowsiness).
  • Eye drops and redness relievers (Note: Allergists caution that prolonged use of over-the-counter eyedrops could make symptoms worse).
  • Visit an allergy specialist who can determine the specific allergy and prescribe treatment such as a mast cell stabilizer or a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (Note: Steroids can cause glaucoma).
  • An allergy specialist can also put you on an immunotherapy program (allergy shots).

Maintaining a healthy tear film.

Although everyone is susceptible to tear film dehydration, you are especially vulnerable when you first get up in the morning, during pregnancy, if you are over 50, onboard airliners, and if you wear contact lenses. Here are some tips on maintaining tear film moisture:

1. Put bowls of water in your house to humidify the air, especially when the heater or air conditioner are on.

2. Treat yourself to frequent long, luxuriant baths and/or showers (shower after baths to wash off residue).

3. Make a ritual of daily facial cleansing. Using a washcloth and very mild, liquid soap, spend five to ten minutes applying repeated hot water compresses to your face.

4. Let as much fresh air into the house as you can, especially in the bathroom.

5. Keep Nature's Tears EyeMist (or Nature's Mist Skin Moisture) at your desk, in your bathroom, car, locker room, etc. Use it before and after cleansing your face in the morning and during the day whenever eye discomfort is experienced.

Understanding Dry Eye and Blepharitis

Lipids (fatty oils) protect the tear film from excessive evaporation. Individuals with low lipid production exhibit high tear film evaporation, low tear flow and other dry eye symptoms.

Inflammation plays a central role in dry eye. One type of inflammation strongly associated with dry eye is Blepharitis, or eyelid inflammation. The majority of blepharitis patients also have dry eye symptoms. Blepharitis is very common, with many causes, but the lipid secreting meibomian glands, located within the eyelid, are almost always involved.

Several important dermatologic conditions and diseases, such as acne rosacea (reddening and inflammation of the nose and forehead), are known to increase both eyelid and ocular surface inflammation. Seborrheic dermatitis is associated with scaling skin lesions, dandruff and inflammation that also affect the eyelids. All dry eye conditions are influenced by genetic mechanisms that have not been adequately identified.

Three primary types of blepharitis.

1. Obstructive. This condition is marked by hardening (hyperkeratinization) of the eyelid margin and meibomian gland ducts within the eyelid. The flow of lipids produced by the meibomian glands are not only obstructed when this condition is present, but the lipids are thicker. Since the lipids protect the tear film from excessive evaporation, individuals with blepharitis exhibit high tear film evaporation, low tear flow and other dry eye symptoms. Examination of the eyelid could reveal missing glands that had previously been obstructed and were subsequently absorbed.

2. Seborrheic. Individuals with seborrheic dermatitis (patches of red, inflamed skin caused by overproduction in the skin's sebaceous or oil glands), often exhibit seborrheic blepharitis as well, marked by increased (rather than decreased) lipid production from the meibomian glands. Lipids are not obstructed or thickened and tear film evaporation is usually not elevated. Eyelid examination reveals normal morphology of the meibomian glands. However, patients with seborrheic blepharitis have dry eye more frequently than the normal population.

3. Bacterial. Bacterial overgrowth on the eyelid margin also creates inflammation and contributes to eyelid hardening, causing meibomian gland obstruction. All eyelids have bacterial flora and there is little difference among individuals as to the types of bacteria that eyelids harbor. Genetic mechanisms are also a factor since the level of free cholesterol partly determines the nature and extent of bacterial overgrowth.

Physicians Look for a Series of Symptoms for Dry Eyes, Not an Exact Cause or Condition, Says Bio-Logic Aqua Research Founder Sharon Kleyne

Hear the Sharon Kleyne Hour Power of Water on World Talk Radio, Voice America, Green Talk Network and Apple iTunes

The causes and symptoms of dry eyes are so complex and variable that doctors have not agreed on a precise clinical definition of the syndrome. Dry eyes are the most frequently cited reason for visiting an eye doctor and so common that ophthalmologist’s find it difficult to draw a precise line between normal eyes and abnormal eyes with dry eye disease. (Mathers, 2005).

That was the conclusion of eye health advocate Sharon Kleyne, host of the Sharon Kleyne Hour Power of Water syndicated radio show and founder of Bio-Logic Aqua Research. In a recent interview, Mrs. Kleyne discussed the latest attempts to define "dry eyes," "dry eye syndrome" and "dry eye disease." According to Mrs. Kleyne, the only agreement is that dry eyes involve a loss of water in the tear film's "aqueous layer," due either to excessive evaporation or to poor tear production.

The three-layered tear film covering the eye's exposed portions is 99% water and extremely complex. The overlying "lipid layer" helps prevent water evaporation from the middle "aqueous (water) layer," while the lower "mucin layer" adheres the tear film to the eye.

Dry eyes are experienced by nearly everyone, says Mrs. Kleyne. Tear film dehydration (water loss) begins at the moment of birth, when you first open your eyes, and eyes require constant hydration throughout life. Because we are all unique, no two individuals are affected in exactly the same way by eye dehydration. Doctors agree that maintaining a healthy, fully hydrated tear film is becoming an increasing challenge for everyone.

According to Ula Jurkunas, MD, corneal stem cell researcher at Harvard University, "To function well, the cornea (clear part of the eye) must be well hydrated by the tear film. Hydration is also essential to successful corneal stem cell transplants" (Jurkunas, 2011).

Sharon Kleyne notes that, no physiologic variable correlates exactly with dry eye symptoms, although most measurable variables correlate to some degree. Instead, she explains, physicians look for a series of symptoms. The presence of one or more symptom could indicate a dry eye condition (Korb, 2000).

The most common dry eye symptoms include eye irritation, a feeling of dryness in the eyes; itching, burning and grainy or scratchy eyes; increased eye allergies, and blurred vision (especially late in the day). Symptoms such as fatigue, headache, muscle aches and an elevated stress level may not even directly involve the eyes (Mathers, 2005).

This symptom-based definition works reasonably well, according to Mrs. Kleyne. The degree and duration of symptoms are critical since a large percentage of the adult population complains of at least mild dry eye symptoms at any given time. This includes 50% of adult females and a significant percentage of computer users and contact lens patients (Mathers, 2005).

In addition to symptoms, most (but not all) dry eye patients have at least one physiologic parameter outside the range of normal. Typically, tear production has decreased, tear film volume is low, tear film evaporation is high, and/or tear film osmolarity is elevated (Mathers, 2004). In addition, tears produced in dry eyes contain elevated levels of substances (metalloproteases and other proteinaceous compounds) that increase surface inflammation (Barton, 1995).

Sources:

Barton, K, et al, Cytokines and tear function in ocular surface disease, Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology, 1995

Jurkunas, U, "Corneal Reconstruction Using Stem Cells," Sharon Kleyne Hour, 2011

Korb, DR, "Survey of preferred tests for diagnosis of the tear film and dry eye," Cornea, 2000

Mathers, W, et al, Model for ocular tear film function, Cornea, 2004,

Mathers, W, Tear Film and Treatment of Dry Eye Disease, © 2005 RxSchools.com.


Ilene K Gipson, PhD, of Harvard Medical School, talks with Sharon Kleyne about Women and Dry Eye

Hear Sharon Kleyne's interview with Dr. Ilene Gipson on World Talk Radio, Voice America, Green Talk Network and Apple iTunes

Sharon Kleyne, host of the Sharon Kleyne Hour Power of Water syndicated radio talk show, recently interviewed Ilene K Gipson, PhD, Professor of Ophthalmology at Harvard medical School and a leading authority on dry eye syndrome among women. The interview may be heard on-demand on World Talk Radio, Voice America, Green Talk Network and Apple iTunes.

An important Sharon Kleyne Hour Power of Water objective is to raise awareness of the growing worldwide crisis in dry eye disease, and proactive steps that may be taken to prevent or alleviate dry eye symptoms. Untreated dry eye disease, according to Sharon Kleyne, can lead to corneal ulceration, visual impairment and blindness

Sharon Kleyne is especially interested in the link between dry eye disease, air quality, polluted humidity, dry air, climate change, dehydrating indoor and outdoor environments and the amount of water we drink daily.

According to Dr. Gipson, two-thirds of the estimated 20 to 30 million dry eye patients in the United States are women. A large percentage of these women are peri-menopausal or post-menopausal (although many men, especially over age 50, are also susceptible to dry eye). Dr. Gipson emphasizes that dry eye symptoms in women relate mostly to changing bodies, hormone levels and lifestyle as they grow older. Women to not develop dry eye syndrome simply "because" they are women.

Women are more prone than men to dry eye mostly because they live longer and dry eye strongly correlates with age. It is believed that as we age, productivity in the eyelids' oil producing meibomian glands decreases. Meibomian glands feed the tear film's oil (or "lipid") layer, whose purpose is to seal moisture into the underlying and all-important "aqueous layer," which is 99% water. The less oil in the tear film, the more likely the water in the aqueous layer is to evaporate, causing dry eye symptoms.

Older people, both men and women, are more likely to take regular medication, which is often dehydrating and can cause dry eye symptoms. Women are more prone than men to autoimmune diseases (of which dry eye is a frequent symptom).

Dr. Gipson notes that dry eye symptoms (itching, burning and red eye) have become the #1 reason for eye doctor visits in the United States. She points out that dry eye syndrome is extremely complex and involves the surface of the eye, the tear (lachrymal) and lipid producing glands, the skin of the eyelids, the manner in which inflammation is processed by the brain and body, hormone production, microscopic tear film components, and the nervous system's connection to the brain. Abnormalities or stress on any part of this system can result in dry eye symptoms.

To prevent or alleviate dry eye symptoms, Dr. Gipson recommends eating foods with dark green vegetables and omega-3 fatty acids and getting adequate sleep at night. Sleeping lowers the tear film's pH and restores tear film moisture. It is also generally conducive to good health.

Sharon Kleyne commented on the importance of water to eye health, explaining that in many parts of the world, it is women who draw and carry water for their families and villages. For this reason, women are far more prone than men to diseases caused by drinking unsanitary water, including trichoma, which can cause blindness.

When Sharon Kleyne asked about computers and dry eye, Dr. Gipson noted that deep concentration at a computer can affect the eyes' blink rate. A slowed blink rate increases tear film moisture evaporation, resulting in dry eye symptoms. Indoor conditions such as insulated walls and windows and forced-air heating and cooling can also cause dry eye symptoms. The solution is to drink plenty of water and avoid dry air by humidifying the area around your computer.

Dr. Gipson's final word: Take care of your eyes through lifestyle habits and checkups. Also, take care of your whole body, not just its parts, and be sure to drink enough water each day. They are all interconnected.

Sharon Kleyne Hour Power of Water is sponsored by Bio-Logic Aqua Research, whose Nature's Tears® EyeMist®, a breakthrough hand-held personal all-natural water humidifying device for dry eye. Nature's Tears® EyeMist® is available at www.BioLogicAqua.com, Amazon.com, drugstore.com and selected drugstores nationwide.

Listen to the Sharon Kleyne Hour Power of Water Mondays, 10 a.m., PST/PDT. The syndicated radio talk show is heard on Voice America/World Talk Radio, Green Talk Network and Apple iTunes. Go to www.SharonKleyneHour.com for written summaries and on-demand replays. Also visit www.SharonKleyneHour.com whatistheeye.wordpress.com, "Nature's Tears EyeMist" on Facebook and "Bio-Logic Aqua" on Twitter.

Website: www.womenseyehealth.org.

© 2012 Bio-Logic Aqua Research


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