New Education about Menopause, Dry Eye and the Global Dry Eye Crisis on the Sharon Kleyne Hour Power of Water

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Laurie Barber, MD, Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Arkansas talks with Sharon Kleyne about Dry Eye, Menopause, Dry skin, dry mouth and global warming.

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Sharon Kleyne, host of the Sharon Kleyne Hour Power of Water syndicated radio talk show, recently interviewed Laurie Barber, MD, Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Arkansas and a leading authority on dry eye syndrome. The interview may be heard on-demand on World Talk Radio, Voice America, Green Talk Network and Apple iTunes.

An important Sharon Kleyne Hour Power of Water objective is to raise awareness of the growing worldwide crisis in dry eye disease, and proactive steps that may be taken to prevent or alleviate dry eye symptoms. Untreated dry eye disease, according to Sharon Kleyne, can lead to corneal ulceration, visual impairment and blindness

Sharon Kleyne is especially interested in the link between dry eye disease, air quality, polluted humidity, dry air, climate change, dehydrating indoor and outdoor environments and the amount of water we drink daily.

Noting that dry eye symptoms are the number one complaint that ophthalmologists hear from patients, Sharon Kleyne asked how Dr. Barber became interested in dry eye. Dr. Barber indicated that she practices in all areas of ophthalmology but does research on corneal inflammation, which can be caused by dry eye. There is no skin over the cornea and it is protected only by the corneal membrane and the tear film so it's very delicate. If the tear film is healthy, the eye is likely to be healthy. And there are many important substances in the tear film aside from salt water - hormones, antibodies, mucins, lipids and so forth.

Sharon Kleyne noted that numerous environmental drying factors that work against the tear film and can cause dry eye, dry skin and dry mouth. Also, dry eye is often symptomatic. Sharon asked about the main symptoms of dry eye.

In younger people, according to Dr. Barber, there are very few symptoms. As we get older, after age 35 or so, we may lose the ability to keep the tear film in top-notch condition without helping it along, more among women than men. Dry eye after age 35, Dr. Barber explained, is believed to be caused by a drop-off in androgen, a male sex hormone, that occurs in both men and women. Dry eye symptoms include burning, itching, irritated, red eyes, and blurred vision. Also, what we call "eye fatigue."

Sharon Kleyne cited a prior guest, Marguerite McDonald, MD, who observed that if you ever want LASIK surgery later in life, you should take excellent care of your eyes and contact lenses when you are young.

Sharon Kleyne then asked spedcifically about dry eye and menopausal women. I'm sure dry eye also shows up in men of the same age. Dr. Barber replied that older men are also prone to dry eye symptoms, esepciaaly men on prostate medication. The hormonal changes leading to menopause, she explained, start at around age 35 and men have some of the same hormone fluctuations as women. But women have a lot more hormones and a lot more dry eye.

Sharon Kleyne Hour Power of Water is sponsored by Bio-Logic Aqua Research, whose Nature's Tears EyeMist, a breakthrough hand-held personal all-natural water humidifying device for dry eye. Nature's Tears EyeMist is available at http://www.BioLogicAqua.com, Amazon.com, drugstore.com and selected drugstores nationwide.

Listen to the Sharon Kleyne Hour Power of Water Mondays, 10 a.m., PST/PDT. The syndicated radio talk show is heard on Voice America/World Talk Radio, Green Talk Network and Apple iTunes. Go to http://www.SharonKleyneHour.com for written summaries and on-demand replays. Also visit http://www.naturestears.com, http://whatistheeye.wordpress.com, "Nature's Tears EyeMist" on Facebook and "Bio-Logic Aqua" on Twitter.

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