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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...]

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

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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...]

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...]

9 Ways You’re Worsening Your Dry Eye Symptoms Every Day

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So you’re miserable due to dry eye disease and you’re experiencing symptoms just about every day. You’ve tried every artificial tear that’s available over the counter, you could prepare a hot compress with your eyes closed and even purchased a humidifier! You’re doing everything right- so what gives? Well, there are a ton of sneaky situations that can worsen dry eye symptoms and you’re probably committing at least some of them every single day! Don’t believe us? … [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...]

Could this Tiny, New Device be the Cure to Dry Eye Disease?

Lacrimal apparatus

If you’re reading this article, there’s an excellent chance that you already know a thing or two about dry eye disease and its causes. From hormone levels to rheumatoid arthritis to Sjogren’s Syndrome, there a number of things that cause dry eye disease and symptoms. However, for the time being, there remains only treatment for temporary relief of itchiness, burning and the like in the form of artificial tears and warm compresses, among other therapies. But could hope … [Read more...]