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Deep Breathing May Help with Dry Eye Symptoms, Study Says

Women doing deep belly breathing

Could performing a particular breathing technique help dry eye sufferers produce more tears? New research published in Ocular Surface suggests that reduced tear secretion may be partly caused by an imbalance in the autonomic nervous system (made up of both the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems). The sympathetic system is responsible for regulating cardiovascular functions while the parasympathetic system controls the relaxation process. Twenty Japanese … [Read more...]

Honey Drops: The Sweet Treatment for Dry Eye Symptoms?

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Widely discussed as a homeopathic treatment for everything from hangovers to acne to the common cold, manuka honey is now being looked at as a treatment for helping manage the relentless symptoms of Dry Eye Disease. Yes, you read correctly; the honey sitting in your kitchen cupboard has a multitude of impressive healing powers that you probably weren't aware of. In fact, the restorative properties of honey are so remarkable that researchers at the Queensland … [Read more...]

Ease Dry Eye Symptoms with the Best Products of 2014

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If you’ve struggled with chronic or severe dry eyes at any point in your life, you already know that no single product or brand works best for every unique case of dry eye. This multifactorial, frustrating condition can make day to day activities like driving, reading and even watching television become difficult, uncomfortable tasks. Indeed, chronic dry eye disease may decrease quality of life for as many as 33 million Americans. So, we’ve decided to compile a list … [Read more...]

Meibomian Gland Dysfunction Continues as a Leading Cause of Dry Eye Disease

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In 2011, the Tear Film & Ocular Surface Society published a defining study indicating that Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD) is a major cause of dry eye disease. The study, which involved more than 50 global experts over the course of two years, explored the structure and function of the meibomian glands in our eyelids and discovered that decreased function, due to an excessive amount of Staphylococcal bacteria, has been highly underestimated as one of the primary … [Read more...]

Waking up with Crusty, Glued Shut Eyes? Introducing BlephEx

Above the new hand held BlephEx tool [image source: rysurg.com]

Imagine waking up each morning feeling like your eyes are on fire- and to top it off, your eye lids are literally glued shut! Terrifying, right? Well, for thousands of blepharitis sufferers across North America, this is a painful reality of everyday life. If you’re fortunate enough to be unfamiliar with the symptoms of blepharitis, you should know that the relentless eye lid condition often develops and occurs alongside dry eye disease. The chronic disease is caused by … [Read more...]

The Heart of the Problem in Dry Eye Disease: ‘Mr. Hyperosmolarity’

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I recently had the privilege of attending the annual American Academy of Ophthalmology conference in Chicago, IL. While there, I took notice of the (self-proclaimed) ‘talk’ of the meeting. He seemed to be an individual with a rather dry sense of humour and went by the name 'Mr. Hyperosmolarity.' Upon first glance, it was clear that the man had a special affinity for all things dry and salty. Being that I suffer from moderate dry eye myself, I took immediate notice of Mr. … [Read more...]

Menopause and Dry Eye Symptoms: A Clear Connection

Portrait of a mature stressed woman

As if irritability, insomnia and fatigue weren’t enough, research has shown that dry eye disease can also stem from the hormonal changes that occur during menopause. Actually, Dr. Henrik Sjögren first established a connection between hormones and dry eye symptoms as far back as the 1930’s! And thanks to Dr. Sjögren and other researchers like him, we now have an even better understanding on the hormone-ocular surface connection. Most people think of moodiness, hot … [Read more...]

Treating Dry Eye Disease and Sjögren’s Syndrome with One Amazing Oil

branch of sea-buckthorn and oil

Most dry eye sufferers have tried every drop, oil, compress and nutritional supplement on the market in search of some relief from the itchy, burning sensation of Dry Eye Disease. Though some find successful treatment via a combination of artificial tears and nutritional supplements, for example, others seem to be treatment resistant when it comes to easing persistent dry eye symptoms. Indeed, thousands of individuals are ‘itching’ for a permanent cure to Dry Eye … [Read more...]

9 Houseplants for Improving Sick Building Syndrome & Indoor Air Quality for Dry Eyes

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Home is where the heart is. It’s that old saying that usually rings true; until you consider that the air we breathe indoors is often more polluted than the air outside. The fact is downright scary, especially since the average American spends about 90% of their time inside inhaling stealth pollutants like xylene, formaldehyde, benzene and polychlorinated biphenyl. To make matters worse, these harsh chemicals come from everyday items like cleaning agents, sealants, … [Read more...]

Thanks for Another Amazing Dry Eye Disease Awareness Month!

Thank You Very Much

As yet another Dry Eye Disease Awareness month comes to a close, AllAboutDryEye.com and TearLab would like to thank The Sjögren’s Syndrome Foundation for their support and friendship during July. Special thanks also goes out to all of the doctors, technicians and receptionists who helped promote and educate about dry eye disease both in office and online. We’ve been overwhelmed by the 'likes', shares and engagement that our social media platforms have garnered this … [Read more...]