Grants Pass, OR (PRWEB) April 02, 2014
Spring and summer are the worst seasons for eye allergy discomfort. Water and eye researcher Sharon Kleyne recently reported on a surprisingly simple and inexpensive method to soothe or alleviate spring and summer eye allergies. The discovery, according to Kleyne, is to pay attention to the water content of your eyes' tear film.
Sharon Kleyne is Founder of Bio Logic Aqua Research, a fresh water, atmospheric and health research and product development center. Natures Tears® EyeMist® is the Research Center’s global signature product for dry eye. Kleyne also hosts the globally syndicated Sharon Kleyne Hour Power of Water® radio show, broadcast on the VoiceAmerica Variety Channel, Health and Wellness Channel, and Apple iTunes.
An “allergy,” according to Kleyne, is defined as “an adverse immunological reaction to a substance that normally does not produce such a reaction.” Adverse reactions to pollens, mold spores and pet dander are "allergies" because most people are not bothered by them. Such substances are referred to as "allergens" or "allergic triggers" (Medicine Net, 2012)
With allergic individuals, allergen exposure causes "mast cells" to release a substance called "histamine," which causes blood vessels to swell, producing the familiar symptoms (AACL, 2010).
The typical allergic reaction produces symptoms in the eyes, breathing passages and skin. Some allergens only bother the eyes. Eye allergy symptoms include red, itchy, watery eyes, headache, and fatigue. Common seasonal allergens include tree, grass and weed pollen. Non-seasonal allergens include pet dander, molds and dust mites. (AACL, 2010).
The eye’s first line of defense against allergens and other eye irritants is the complex tear film that covers the optical surface. The tear film is 98% water and factors such as air conditioning, computer use and hot dry weather, can cause tear film water loss, also called “dry eye.” Tear film water loss stimulates inflammatory hormones in the eyes, resulting in the familiar symptoms. Histamines also stimulate inflammatory hormones. A dehydrated tear film can aggravate the effect of the allergens and vice-versa (Mathers, 2005).
Kleyne suggests several ways to reduce the amount of allergens that enter the eyes.
Above all, says Kleyne, avoid rubbing the eyes. Also, stay indoors when the pollen count is at its peak, especially mid-morning and early evening. Keep windows closed and use air-conditioning during peak seasons and hours. Be aware, Kleyne cautions, that too high indoor humidity can breed mold while too low indoor humidity can cause dry eyes and skin. Shoot for 40% to 50% relative humidity.
Kleyne has suggestions for controlling the indoor humidity. Setting out bowls of fresh water, will humidify indoor air, especially when the heater or air conditioner are on. Allow as much fresh air into the house as you can, especially the bathroom. Frequent long, luxuriant baths and/or showers will help maintain skin and eye moisture and improve resistance to allergens. Always shower after a bath to wash off any residue.
Other Kleyne suggestions: Wear glasses or sunglasses outdoors during peak seasons. To allergy-proof your home; put dust-mite-proof covers on bedding and pillows and clean surfaces with a damp implement rather than dry sweeping or dusting. Try to keep pets outdoors if you have pet allergies. Remove contact lenses as soon as symptoms appear.
Finally, Kleyne suggests the frequent application of an all-natural, all water personal humidifier for eyes and skin. Apply the soothing, humidifying mist before and after cleansing the in the morning and during the day whenever eye discomfort is experienced. Nature’s Tears® EyeMist® is an all-natural, 100% fresh water, skin and eye humidifying mist from Bio Logic Aqua Research.