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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...]

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

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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...]

The Importance of Nutrition in Dry Eye Disease

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By Dr. Susan Klein, ND You are what you eat….So what does that have to do with Dry Eye Disease? Everything! You may be very careful about what you eat, making sure that you are getting lots of fresh fruits and vegetables but there is one group of essential nutrients that we can only get from very specific diet choices and those particular nutrients are absolutely mandatory for producing a healthy tear. If your tears are evaporating too quickly, your ocular surface … [Read more...]

7 Ways to Protect Dry Eyes When Traveling

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Admit it; it’s been a dreadfully cold, miserable winter for many of us. So, it’s no surprise that you’re dying to travel just about anywhere sunny this time of the year. And while that is all well and good, exposure to sun, chlorine, ocean water and sweat can have bothersome effects on your already sensitive eyes. What’s more, traveling in planes and staying in hotels, where heating and air circulation systems drain much moisture from the air can be detrimental to dry … [Read more...]

Dry Eye Disease and Carbohydrates-Is there a Correlation?

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It’s nothing you haven’t heard before; a diet high in carbohydrates is bad for you. Unless you're a marathon runner, you probably know that eating too many carbs can pack on the pounds and put you at risk for high blood sugar. So, how might carbs affect your eye health, you ask? Well, did you know that a diet high in “simple” carbs can directly affect your eyes? Doesn’t exactly seem obvious, right? Well, here’s why.. "Bad" or “simple” carbs like refined white flour … [Read more...]

Drinking Alcohol Worsens Dry Eye, Study Finds

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A recent study conducted by the Hallym University College of Medicine has confirmed that drinking alcohol can directly disturb the ocular surface.¹ The Korea-based study was comprised of twenty healthy males with no history of eye disease. Ten men served as subjects, while the others served as controls for the study. The subjects were instructed to drink 0.75 grams of alcohol (that’s about two beers) over a two hour period. A few hours later, alcohol was detected in … [Read more...]

The latest treatment for Dry Eye Symptoms: Caffeine?

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Do you like sipping on a hot cup of joe to get the morning started? Good news for all you coffee drinkers! Researchers at the University of Tokyo’s School of Medicine have published a study that they say provides evidence that caffeine intake can significantly increase tear production. This study comes after the team read an earlier study indicating that caffeine users showed a reduced risk for dry eye. Caffeine has been known to increase other secretions; such as … [Read more...]

Learn how to treat Dry Eye with Vitamin A

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Suffering from dry eye? Vitamin A helps protect the surface of the eye (cornea) and is essential for good vision. Vitamin A is a group of antioxidant compounds with a long list of benefits for vision, bone development and the growth and repair of body tissue. A deficiency in vitamin A has been shown to cause and exacerbate dry eye disease. But before you start munching down on Vitamin A supplements, you need to know that vitamin A can be obtained from food in two … [Read more...]

First Evidence of Omega-3 EPA/DHA Effect on a Potential Root Cause of Dry Eye Syndrome

First Evidence of Omega-3 EPA-DHA Effect on a Potential Root Cause of Dry Eye Syndrome Presented at the Cornea Society-EBAA Fall Educational Symposium - MarketWatch

This could be big for many Dry Eye Disease sufferers.   Dr. Gregory Smith, world-renowned ophthalmologist and Attending Surgeon at the famed Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia, presented new study data at the Cornea Society/EBAA Fall Educational Symposium that would significantly enhance the way Dry Eye symptoms are treated. Smith's abstract, entitled "Penetration of rTG omega-3 into the meibomian glands after oral administration" provided the first evidence that … [Read more...]