Grants Pass, OR (PRWEB) September 21, 2017
Sharon Kleyne, host of the nationally syndicated The Sharon Kleyne Hour Power of Water, Global Climate Change and Your Health on VoiceAmerica sponsored by Nature’s Tears® EyeMist®, took to the air to educate listeners about dry eye disease and eye irritation experienced by motorcyclists and ATV riders (a condition known as motorcycle dry eye or Chopper closed eye). It’s a painful and dangerous condition that challenges the participant of an already challenging physical activity—riding choppers and ATVs. For the most comprehensive information about this health problem, Kleyne turned to her colleage, ophthalmologist Philip Paden, M.D.
Paden, a former motorcycle racer who has been riding for 40 years and is an authority on motorcycle eye protection and motorcycle dry eye, explained that the cause of motorcycle dry eye (in fact all dry eye) is too-rapid evaporation of moisture (water) from the eye's tear film, which is naturally 99 percent water. This evaporation could be the result of pollen, dust, air pollution, extreme heat or cold, high elevation, solar radiation, road glare, low humidity, exhaust fumes, not drinking enough water, and wind in the face. Wind, in fact, is a major reason that people ride motorcycles; many riders are disinclined to do much to block the wind, beyond wearing eye protection such as sunglasses or face shields to block wind, bugs and flying pebbles and rocks. Dry eye symptoms include eye irritation, burning and itching eyes, blurred vision, swelling, headache, eye fatigue, and watery eyes.
Dr. Paden has been recommending Nature’s Tears® EyeMist® to patients for more than a decade “All these patients,” Paden said, “had come to my ophthalmology office with complaints of dry, burning or irritated eyes and/or blurring or tearing.” Nature’s Tears® EyeMist® consists of 100 percent Trade Secret tissue culture grade water and is applied to the eye in the form of a patented micron-size mist. This mist is delivered by a personal, portable hand-held humidifier that is easy and fun to use. Lovers of riding a hog or ATV can benefit when Nature’s Tears® EyeMist® is along for the ride.
Kleyne and Paden agreed on the following eye care and eye protection suggestions for motorcyclists and ATV riders:
1. Drink 8 to 12 glasses of water a day.
2. Apply cold, wet eye compresses after riding, to soothe eye irritation and wash out irritants.
3. Take rests stops every hour or so, close the eyes for a few minutes.
4. Use eye protection such as face shields and sunglasses. Road glare and solar radiation are extremely dehydrating and sunglasses help a lot. Face shields trap moisture from breath to help keep eyes hydrated. (Of course, face shields can also fog up so that vision can be impaired.)
5. Take a long, steamy bath at the end of the ride.
6. Avoid rubbing eyes when they are tired or irritated.
7. Don’t forget to blink while riding (20 to 30 blinks a minute is normal but the intense concentration of motorcycle riding can drop this to 3 or 4 times a minute).
8. Carry an all-natural, pure water eye wash or eye mist like Nature’s Tears® EyeMist®.
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