GRANTS PASS, Ore. (PRWEB) March 28, 2018
“If you ask people about tears,” says Sharon Kleyne, founder of Bio-Logic Aqua® Research Water Life Science®, "most will probably say that tears are just salty water.” Kleyne, one of the most respected body water evaporation and new water research experts in the world, teaches that tears are much more than that. Tears are functional, Kleyne points out. Tears supply the eyes with nutrients and oxygen. They clear out unwanted debris. Tears also assist in focusing images and providing essential lubrication. “The eye’s tear film is naturally 99 percent water,” says Kleyne, “and when it loses just two percent of its moisture content, a variety of dry eye disease symptoms crop up.”
Kleyne wants to lead a comprehensive, nationwide education effort, especially in grammar schools, middle schools and high schools, to teach the truth about tears, evaporation, dry eye and a dry eye solution®. "Tear evaporation and unchecked dry eye disease,” Kleyne warns, “often leads to infection, ulceration and scarring. In more extreme cases, perforation of the cornea, the clear outer layer of the eye protecting the iris, pupil and anterior chamber can occur. In the worst case scenario, blindness is the result.”
Kleyne believes that her proposed course of study should foster an understanding of tears and their complicated make-up. It is now known that tears have an outer layer that is created by the meibomian or tarsal glands at the rim of the eyelids. Tears include a middle layer that is watery and is found in the lachrymal gland in the upper outer corner of the eye. An inner protein-rich third layer of mucin originating from the goblet cells of the conjunctiva that lines eyelids and covers the whites of the eyes serves a lubricating process. When one or more of these layers over-evaporates, Kleyne points out, dry eye can and usually does occur.
When all three layers are properly supplemented with fresh water, Kleyne points out, the fatty layer prevents the tears from evaporating too quickly and helps them cling to the surface of the eye. The watery layer moistens the eye, nourishes the cornea and carries away toxins and foreign bodies. The mucin layer stifles microbial growth and also serves to bind water.
The causes of dry eye disease include allergies, eye defects, chronic blepharitis (an inflammation of the eyelids), environmental conditions such as smoke, wind and pollution, hormonal imbalance (menopause, for example), contact lenses, vitamin deficiency or an underlying systemic disease like diabetes or rheumatoid arthritis. Even the extended use medications (diuretics, antihistamines, anti-depressants and cholesterol-lowering drugs, among others) and nerve damage to nerves as a result of LASIK eye surgery can lead to dry eye.
Kleyne notes that relief for dry eye is sought through several methods. These include a topical application of the immunosuppressant cyclosporin A, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory derivatives of tetracycline (like doxycycline), an antibiotic, and high doses of essential fatty acids (omega-3 fatty acids DHA and EPA in fish oil and flaxseed oil, used topically and orally) that inhibit inflammation and are now being tested in a major study funded by the National Eye Institute. Specialty eye drops can also be created by using the patient’s own blood serum diluted with saline. Finally, Kleyne’s own new water technology breakthrough, Nature’s Tears® EyeMist®, supplements and replenishes moisture lost to over-evaporation with pure tissue culture grade water applied to the eye as a patented, micron-size mist from a portable, personal hand-held humidifier.
Kleyne, host of the nationally syndicated radio program, The Sharon Kleyne Hour Power of Water, Global Climate Change and Your Health sponsored by Nature’s Tears® EyeMist® on VoiceAmerica, believes that better understanding the eye’s architecture and methods for supplementing over-evaporated dry eyes will create a more proactive eye care world in which vision will be better protected and blindness prevented.