Grants Pass, OR (PRWEB) February 16, 2016
Dry eye symptoms are the most common complaint heard by United States eye doctors. Worldwide, dry eye affects an estimated 65 percent of Earth’s population. Among the thousands of published articles about dry eye, nearly all state that certain medications can either cause dry eye symptoms or make existing symptoms worse.
Water and health advocate Sharon Kleyne offers a simple solution to the problem of medication induced dry eye: Drink a full glass of water upon taking these medications. If necessary, drink two glasses.
Dry eye, prescription medications and daily water intake will be discussed on the Sharon Kleyne Hour™ Power of Water® radio show of Feb. 22, 2016. The globally syndicated, education oriented show is heard weekly on VoiceAmerica (Health and Wellness, and Variety Channels) and Apple iTunes. For podcasts of past shows, go to http://www.voiceamerica.com/show/2207/the-sharon-kleyne-hour
Sharon Kleyne Hour® Power of Water® is sponsored by Bio-Logic Aqua® Research Water Life Science®, founded by Kleyne and specializing in fresh water, the atmosphere, body surface evaporation, dehydration and education. The Research Center’s signature product for dry eye is Nature’s Tears® EyeMist®.
Many of the medications that cause dry eye symptoms, Kleyne notes, also cause dehydration (loss of water content) of the body. Dry mouth and dry eyes are often the earliest symptoms of body dehydration. Dry eye symptoms include eye discomfort, itching and burning eyes, blurred vision, headache, fatigue, stress and depression.
The surface of the human eye is 99 percent water, Kleyne notes, and a loss of only 2 percent of that water can trigger symptoms. Kleyne further notes that body dehydration, dry mouth and dry eyes are common fever symptoms even when no medication is taken. The dehydrating fever may be the very fever that the dehydrating medications are intended to alleviate.
Body dehydration can result in too little water reaching the tear glands, which supply water to the eyes’ all-important basal tear film. In addition, the rise in body temperature that defines a fever increases the rate at which tear film water evaporates into the atmosphere. The warmer the water, the faster it evaporates.
The solution is simple, according Kleyne. When one is ill and the doctor says to “drink plenty of water (or fluids),” heed the doctor’s advice. In addition, when taking a pill, or using any other dehydrating medication (such as a nasal decongestant), always drink a full glass of water with it. If symptoms are severe, drink two glasses of water.
Drugs known to cause dry eye, says Kleyne, include antihistamines, decongestants, hormone replacement therapy drugs, antidepressants, high blood pressure medication (especially diuretics), acne medication, birth control pills and Parkinson’s medications.
The above medications also appear on lists of drugs that cause dry mouth, Kleyne notes. Other drugs associated with dry mouth may also affect eye hydration. These include medications for pain, allergies, obesity, epilepsy, diarrhea, nausea, urinary incontinence and asthma (bronchodilators).
Tear film water content can be maintained or supplemented in two ways, by drinking more water and/or by applying an external water mist to the eyes. Kleyne recommends drinking at least eight glasses of water a day (8 ounces each), in addition to all other fluids. The eight glasses should include two full glasses upon waking up in the morning and two more full glasses during the day. The rest may be sipped. Avoid liquids containing alcohol, caffeine, carbonation and heavy sugar, which are all dehydrating.
Supplemental tear film water can be applied externally using the product Nature’s Tears® EyeMist®, from Kleyne’s Bio Logic Aqua® Research Water Life Science®. A two second mist application in the vicinity of the eyes will allow a moisture depleted tear film to absorb all the water it needs directly from the air – about three to five nanoliters.
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Sources and background:
“Drugs that harm vision,” Natural Eye Care, 2016
‘Dry Eyes,” Mayo Clinic, 2016
“Dental health and dry mouth,” Web M.D., 2016