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Deep Breathing May Help with Dry Eye Symptoms, Study Says

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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...]

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

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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...]

What Subtype of Dry Eye Disease do you Suffer From?

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An accurate dry eye disease diagnosis, along with classification of its specific severity and subtype is absolutely essential in determining the best treatment plan for individuals suffering from the condition. Luckily, today more than ever before, dry eye disease is diagnosed easily and readily thanks to tear testing diagnostics and increased awareness surrounding the disease. But how do physicians determine what type of dry eye disease a patient is dealing with? Are … [Read more...]

Find Dry Eye Relief: What to Look for When Choosing an Eye Doctor

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If you've struggled with dry eye disease at any point in your life, there's a good chance you're familiar with how frustrating treating the associated symptoms can be.  Symptoms vary widely from person to person and since dry eye disease is multi-factorial, successfully treating it can be a long winded process full of trial and error. Not surprisingly, the first step in easing the agony of dry eye disease is a proper diagnosis and assessment from a qualified doctor. But … [Read more...]

Cataracts Debunked: What They Are and How They’re Caused

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Cataracts are a disease of the eye that affects millions worldwide. Especially prevalent in elderly populations, sufferers are characterized by the cloudy or milky film that is seen on the surface of the eye. Research indicates that cataracts account for almost half of blindness cases worldwide, especially in countries lacking accessible surgical healthcare practices and facilities. In order to understand the causes of cataracts, it is helpful to have some background … [Read more...]

Fall Allergies or Dry Eye Disease?

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If you follow the news, you may already know that this autumn is expected to be especially unpleasant for allergy sufferers. The warm, dry weather has experts predicting a particularly harsh, extended fall allergy season. And whether your eyes are dry, sore, itchy or watery this time of the year, you shouldn’t automatically assume that your discomfort is being caused solely by allergies. Deciphering whether a patient has allergies or dry eye disease is one of the … [Read more...]

My experience with TearLab’s Osmolarity Test System

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Working in an office and staring at a monitor for 8 hours a day was starting to take a toll on my vision. Long days would turn into eye soreness, dryness and difficulty focusing, and the horrible redness in my eyes that made me look more tired than I really was. Because I had been contributing to the All About Dry Eye community forum, I had a pretty good idea of what my symptoms could be; however, I wasn’t having any problems with my vision and the symptoms would … [Read more...]

Who does what? Differences between an optician, optometrist, and an ophthalmologist

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When your eyes are in pain, do you know who to go to? Many people take their eye sight for granted and it is only when something is wrong that they start asking questions about vision health. It is important that you are referred to the right specialist and so we have prepared this blog post to explain the differences between an optician, an optometrist, and an ophthalmologist. Optician When you go to get your eye exam you will most likely be treated by an optician. … [Read more...]

Pinning Down Dry Eye | 10-step diagnosis

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Optometric Management has once again posted a very in depth article on proper Dry Eye diagnosis. Kelly K. Nichols, OD, MPH, PhD writes about how much things have changed since the 10-step approach to help ensure a complete diagnosis was first introduced back in 2008. Dr. Nichols highlights the importance of taking into account the patients’ perspective and paying attention to the “bigger picture” while become familiar with their medical history and current (and/or … [Read more...]