Grants Pass, OR (PRWEB) May 06, 2015
A recent National Eye Institute (NEI) report* offering suggestions for maintaining eye health as we age, is fully endorsed by fresh water advocate Sharon Kleyne, host of the Sharon Kleyne Hour™ Power of Water® radio show. Kleyne notes, however, that the report does not mention the need to drink sufficient water each day. As Founder and Chairman of Bio-Logic Aqua Research, which manufactures Nature’s Tears® EyeMist® for dry eye, Kleyne has extensive knowledge of vision care, dry eye, eye dehydration, human water requirements and evaporation.
*National Eye Institute, “Eye Care as You Age,” Marketwired. May 5, 2015. http://www.marketwired.com/press-release/eye-care-as-you-age-2016568.htm
Kleyne will discuss vision health, aging, fresh water and dehydration on her broadcast of May 11, 2015. For a podcast, go to http://www.SharonKleyneHour.com.
The syndicated Sharon Kleyne Hour™ Power of Water® radio show, hosted by fresh water advocate Sharon Kleyne, is heard weekly on VoiceAmerica and Apple iTunes. The education oriented show is sponsored by Bio-Logic Aqua® Research, founded by Kleyne and specializing in fresh water, atmosphere and dehydration. Nature’s Tears® EyeMist® is the Research Center’s signature product for dry eye.
The NEI report’s four steps to eye health are: Practice an eye healthy lifestyle, know your family’s medical history, wear protective eyewear when appropriate and sunglasses when appropriate. They also recommend annual vision checkups after age 60 (age 40 for Africa-Americans). The most common eye diseases afflicting the elderly are: cataracts, diabetic eye disease, dry eye, glaucoma and age related macular degeneration.
Under “eye healthy lifestyle,” the report recommends weight and blood sugar control, a nutritious diet and not smoking. To this list Kleyne would add, “drink at least eight glasses of water per day.”
The human eye, Kleyne explains, is 99 percent water at the surface. Without this surface water, vision is impossible. A reduction in tear film water content of only two percent can trigger dry eye symptoms. The eye obtains water either from the body via tear glands, or by absorbing water vapor from the atmosphere.
As we age, says Kleyne, tear gland production slows. In addition, the elderly have a greater tendency to become dehydrated so less water is available to the tear glands.
Depending on atmospheric conditions, according to Kleyne, the tear film that covers the eye surface can either absorb water from the surrounding atmosphere or lose water through evaporation into the atmosphere. Water is absorbed when relative humidity and temperatures are mid-range (40 to 70 percent and 50 to 80 degrees F), the pollen count is low, and there are no strong winds or air pollution.
In recent years, atmospheric conditions that increase tear film evaporation are increasingly prevalent, especially hot, dry, polluted air. Evaporation is maximized in warm air with low humidity, cold air, and indoors in winter with forced air heating and insulated walls and windows.
The five common eye diseases of the elderly listed in the NEI report, in Kleyne’s view, are all related to either physical dehydrate of the body – not drinking or retaining enough water – or to atmospheric conditions that increase surface evaporation. Kleyne believes that four of the diseases – cataracts, diabetes, glaucoma and macular degeneration – are triggered by dry eye (loss of tear film moisture), which can be vision and even life threatening.
Tear film water loss can be slowed or prevented in two ways, Kleyne explains. First, drink adequate water each day to the tear glands have a reservoir to draw upon. Second, directly supplement the tear film with an externally applied all-water eye mist such as Nature’s Tears® EyeMist® from Kleyne’s Bio-Logic Aqua® Research.
For maximum eye and body health, Kleyne suggests eight glasses of fresh water per day in addition to all other fluid intake (juices, water rich foods, etc.). Caffeine, alcohol and excessive sugar are dehydrating and should be avoided. Begin by drinking two full glasses upon rising (water should be consumed in full glasses rather than sipped). Children ten or under should drink half their body weight in ounces per day.
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