HydroEye® is a unique, patented oral formulation that provides continuous relief for dry eye discomfort. HydroEye contains a proprietary blend of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, antioxidants and other key nutrients that work together to support a healthy tear film. It is now available for sale in our office.
Dr. Sray recommends HydroEye because they are produced by an established company, Science Based Health, and have published clinical studies that show significant benefits to patients. You can review the study which found clinical benefit after six months of therapy in post-menopausal women with moderate to severe dry eye.
Computer use can cause eyestrain because we blink less often than normal. This reduced rate of blinking makes your eyes dry, which may lead to the feeling of eyestrain or fatigue.
You can follow the 20-20-20 rule. Look up from your work every 20 minutes at an object 20 feet away for 20 seconds. You should also blink often to refresh your eyes, take regular breaks from your computer screen, and adjust computer display settings. Click here ( http://bit.ly/1cOZ6ZM ) for more information on computer use and eyestrain.
Warm compresses are very helpful in treating the signs and symptoms of poor quality tears from dry eye, blepharitis or poor quality eyelid oil production. In fact, they are the first line of therapy and are all that most people need to improve their tear quality.
I recommend a hot washcloth ─ warm it with shower temperature water, then place it over your closed eyes. The washcloth will cool down after a few moments and then you will warm the cloth again with the hot tap water. Place the warm cloth on the eyes and repeat the cycle for 4-5 minutes to get the eyelids nice and warm. Then, using a finger, gently massage the upper and lower eyelids (moving the finger left and right along the lids is great) to help the warm oils come out of the eyelids and mix with the tears. This helps improve tear quality and can reduce the sensation of dryness, irritation, itching, burning and may improve the quality of vision as well.
Some patients purchase a heat mask that is filled with gel. The mask is placed into the microwave and warmed per instructions from the mask’s manufacturer. You then place the mask on your face for 4-5 minutes. This method is less messy and typically more convenient for many patients. You should be careful that you don’t overheat the mask as a burn on the eyelids and face may result. Once the lids are warm, eyelid massage can be used as described above.
Our office carries the Bruder Microwave-Activated Eye Hydrating Compress, which features patented MediBeads ® technology. Water molecules are continuously absorbed and stored from the air. When microwaved the water is released as clean, therapeutic and moist heat.
Visit www.geteyesmart.org for further information on dry eye.
Green eye color is the rarest color found around the world, and it is estimated that only around 2% of the world’s population has green colored eyes. Green eye color is a result of a mild amount of pigmentation in the eye with a golden tint. When combined with the natural blue scattering of the eye, the colors mix to give a green appearance. Europeans with green eyes generally come from Celtic or German ancestry. Green eyes are common in Ireland, where they are commonly paired with fiery red hair.
Learn more at http://www.allaboutvision.com/conditions/eye-color-chart.htm .