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Hygiene Spray Helps Control Eyelid Parasites

(NAPSI)—Millions of Americans suffer from chronic eye conditions caused by parasites living on their eyelids. But a revolutionary hygiene spray helps control the conditions that make it possible for those nasty bugs to survive, bringing relief to countless patients whose eyes are red and painfully dry.

Tiny parasites called demodex mites are a huge problem in America. The parasites burrow into the skin of the eyelids, causing inflammation and plugging glands in the eye that help keep the tear film intact.

The result: red, inflamed and dry eyes, often with a crusty buildup of debris. The parasite infestation also often attracts other microbes, such as bacteria, that add to the inflammation and discomfort.

For many years, this problem was almost impossible to solve. Lid scrubs containing tea tree oil can knock back the parasites, but the amounts needed to control the mites usually irritate the eyes.

Now, however, eye doctors have a new weapon. It’s an eyelid and lash hygiene product called Avenova from NovaBay Pharmaceuticals. Avenova contains Neutrox, pure hypochlorous acid. In your body, hypochlorous acid is produced in your white blood cells and kills microorganisms. In laboratory studies, Neutrox demonstrates this same activity. Avenova, applied to skin of the eyelids, has helped patients with demodex infestations and at the same time is nonirritating and safe for chronic use. This is important, because demodex infestations can be managed but never cured.

“Avenova with Neutrox is finally bringing relief to patients who have been suffering for years,” says Kathryn Najafi-Tagol, M.D., head of the Eye Institute of Marin in California. It’s also remarkably easy to use—just spray it on a cotton pad and wipe the eyelids.

 

As Richard L. Lindstrom, M.D., founder and attending surgeon of Minnesota Eye Consultants, concludes, “Avenova represents a major advance in eye care.”

 

 

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Why Do We Cry? The Science Of Crying

Crying is one of the most unique and perplexing of all human behaviors and part of of our human emotional package.  A recent study found women cry 30-64 times a year, whereas men cry 6-17 times per year, according to Dr. Vingerhoets, a clinical psychologist at Tilburg University.  Clearly crying is a prominent and important human behavior. But why do we cry? And what role do tears play in our overall eye health?

The ”why” of crying may seem obvious and straightforward: You’re happy or sad. But that’s too simplistic.

”Crying is a natural emotional response to certain feelings, usually sadness and hurt. But then people [also] cry under other circumstances and occasions,” says Stephen Sideroff, PhD, a staff psychologist at Santa Monica–University of California Los Angeles & Orthopedic Hospital and clinical director of the Moonview Treatment Center in Santa Monica, Calif.

Crying is unique to humans.  New research is beginning to answer these questions to help us better understand what human tears mean from social, psychological, and neuroscientific perspectives. Tears are complex, and we shed three different kinds.

  • Basal tears that coat your eyes on a day-to-day basis to keep them moisturized.  They protect our eyes by keeping dirt and debris away, and are made up of three layers.
  • Irritant/Reflex tears that form in response to pain or to flush foreign objects out of the eye. Their composition is similar to basal tears, but they contain more healing properties.
  • Emotional tears that appear in response to feelings of sadness, stress, joy and extreme emotion. These tears carry more protein-based hormones than basal or irritant tears and help to cleanse your body of the chemical side effects of pent-up emotion.

As stated before, tears also play an important role in keeping our eyes healthy.  Tears are essential for keeping our eyes healthy. Without the appropriate levels of lubrication, our eyes cannot function properly and it could lead to Dry Eye Syndrome, which is a lack of tear production needed to properly lubricate the eye. The natural, basal tears you produce provide both a protective barrier and the adequate moisture needed to maintain comfort and clear vision. Simply put, when you don’t have enough tears to keep your eyes moist, they become dry, and you will experience discomfort and the following Dry Eye symptoms:

  • general eye irritation
  • stinging or burning
  • scratchiness/itchiness
  • fluctuating vision changes
  • tearing up when trying to focus heavily – such as reading, driving, or playing sports
  • difficulty wearing contact lenses
  • foreign body feeling
  • tired eyes, such as after prolonged computer use

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What is Chronic Eye Lid Disease?

Eyes are one of the most important connections we have to the rest of the world. However, when practicing good hygiene many people forget about their eyes. Similar to the way we brush our teeth daily and visit the dentist, we should clean our eye lids and lashes daily and visit our eye doctors on a regular basis.

The Role of Lid Hygiene in Ocular Surface Disease prevention is an important part of any preventative eye care. The key function of the eyelid is to regularly spread the tears and other secretions of the eye surface to keep the cornea moist and protect the eye from dirt and debris. The blink reflex protects the eye from foreign bodies while spreading the tear film evenly across the cornea. Eyelids also keep the eyes from drying out when asleep. There are many chronic eyelid conditions caused by meibomian glands dysfunction or MGD.

Dysfunctional meibomian glands often cause dry eye, one of the more common eye conditions. They may also contribute to blepharitis.

Avenova with Neutrox® is designed for removal of microorganisms and debris that may be due to dry eye, MGD, and blepharitis.

 

 

 

 

 

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Contact Lens Do’s and Don’ts

More than 40 million Americans wear contact lenses, and as many as 90 percent of them don’t follow proper care instructions, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Improper cleaning and other bad habits can lead to a range of problems, including eye irritation and infection.

A recent CDC report found that 99 percent of contact lens wearers surveyed admitted to at least one poor lens-hygiene habit that could lead to infection, such as rinsing the lenses in tap water. One-third have visited a doctor for a red or painful eye related to their lenses.

“Most problems associated with contact lenses cause minor irritation, but serious eye conditions can be extremely painful and may lead to permanent vision loss,” says Jeffrey Walline, OD, PhD, chair of the contact lens and cornea section of the American Optometric Association, and associate dean for research at the Ohio State University College of Optometry in Columbus.

For instance, microbial keratitis — inflammation of the cornea caused by germs in the eye — is more common in people who wear contact lenses. The chance of developing an infection is relatively low, but it increases when you leave lenses in overnight, according to Dr. Walline.

Here’s what to do, and what not to do, when wearing and caring for your contacts.

  • Do Close The Cap on All Cleaning Solutions After Use, and never reuse solutions. Re-Clean and Re-Rinse lenses if stored for more than 12 hours.
  • Do Empty and Rinse lens case With Fresh Saline Daily.
  • Do Discard Lens Cases Every 6 Months.
  • Do Use Solutions Only as Recommended by Your Eye Care Professional.
  • Do Wash Hands With a Mild, Non-Perfume Soap and Dry Hands With a Lint-Free Towel Prior to Handling Lenses.
  • Do Wear UV-Protective Sunglasses When Wearing Contacts. You will probably be even more light-sensitive when wearing your lenses.
  • Do Follow the Wearing Guidelines as Proscribed by Your Eye Care Professional and have your eyes re-evaluated every year – even if everything seems fine.
  • Do Insert Contact Lenses PRIOR to Applying Make-Up (This goes for the women too!) Remember that oil-based cosmetics potentially cause more problems than water based products.
  • Do Close Your Eyes Whenever Spraying Perfume, Cologne, Hairspray, etc.
  • Do Always Work With Your Right Lens First, and Never Switch lenses eye-for-eye for any reason.
  • Don’t Use Fingernails, Tweezers, or Any Other Tool for Removing Lenses from their packages or containers.
  • Don’t Wear CLs When Using Eye Drops or Other Ocular Medications unless instructed to do so by your Eye care Professional.
  • Don’t Mix Solutions or Switch Brands (including generic) Before Consulting Your Eye Care Professional.
  • Don’t Use Saliva to “Clean” or “Store” Your Contacts.
  • Don’t Ever Try on Someone Else’s Contacts.
  • Don’t Allow Your CLs to Get Too Hot; always store them in a cool place.
  • Don’t Apply Eye Liner to the Inner Lid Area – outer lids only.
  • Don’t Swim With Your Contact Lenses.
  • Don’t Allow Creams, Lotions, etc. to Get On Your Contacts.
  • Don’t Exceed the Wearing Schedule Given To You By Your ECP.

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“‘UV’ Gotta Have Shades,”

Majority of Americans unaware of link between UV exposure and eye disease

The Vision Council has released a report “‘UV’ Gotta Have Shades,”  about the health risks associated with exposure to the sun’s UV rays.  The report highlights findings from a recent survey from the Vision Council about adults’ and children’s eye protection habits, in addition to information on how to properly protect eyes from UV rays. The Vision Council said in a press release that it plans to use the report in the media to pitch upcoming awareness campaigns, but also to provide information to the public.

According to the report, only 21.2% of adult respondents say that they always wear sunglasses, and only 7.4% of parents say their children always wear sunglasses.

“It is the Vision Council’s goal to shed light on the risks of UV exposure and uncover the UV-protective eye wear options available to consumers,” Ashley Mills, CEO of the Vision Council, said in the release. “We ultimately hope that Americans will make UV eye protection a top priority – not only for themselves, but also for their children – to preserve their eyesight for a lifetime.”

“UV radiation, whether from natural sunlight or indoor artificial rays, can damage the eye’s surface tissues as well as the cornea and lens,” said Michael Kutryb, MD, an ophthalmologist in Edgewater, Fla., and clinical correspondent for the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

To protect yourself and your family wear sunglasses labeled “100% UV protection”: Use only glasses that block both UV-A and UV-B rays and that are labeled either UV400 or 100% UV protection.

  • Choose wraparound styles so that the sun’s rays can’t enter from the side.
  • If you wear UV-blocking contact lenses, you’ll still need sunglasses.

Wear a hat along with your sunglasses; broad-brimmed hats are best.

Remember the kids: It’s best to keep children out of direct sunlight during the middle of the day. Make sure they wear sunglasses and hats whenever they are in the sun.

Know that clouds don’t block UV light: The sun’s rays can pass through haze and clouds. Sun damage to the eyes can occur any time of year, not just in summer.

Be extra careful in UV-intense conditions: Sunlight is strongest mid-day to early afternoon, at higher altitudes, and when reflected off of water, ice or snow.

By embracing these simple tips you and your family can enjoy the outdoors sun safely while protecting your vision.

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Managing Symptoms Due to Dry Eye before Refractive and Cataract Eye Surgery

Managing Underlying Conditions Due to Dry Eye is Essential for Successful LASIK and Cataract Surgery, Top Washington, D.C. Eye Surgeons Say; Avenova Lid & Lash Hygiene is Effective in Managing those Conditions.

Dr. Shilpa Rose, an ophthalmologist at Whitten Laser Eye based in Washington, D.C., today is making a public service announcement about the problem of Dry Eye in patients undergoing refractive eye surgery – and how a new product, Avenova® Lid & Lash Hygiene by NovaBay Pharmaceuticals (NYSE MKT: NBY), can help manage this problem.

That’s a problem for eye surgeons. “To get the best possible outcome in surgery, it is imperative that the surface of the eye is in optimal condition, which means first managing the patient’s Dry Eye,” explains Dr. Rose. “Fortunately, we are finding that we can successfully manage many of the variables of Dry Eye with Avenova®, an innovative daily lid and lash hygiene spray.”

An estimated 4,000,000 Americans every year undergo various types of eye surgery, such as LASIK and cataract surgery. By reshaping the cornea to treat nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism, LASIK has dramatically improved the vision-and quality of life-for millions of people. With the introduction of multifocal IOL’s, cataract surgery patients are now able to retain their full range of vision. Whitten Laser Eye is one of the leading refractive surgical practices nationally, with many high profile patients, including Tiger Woods.

Many of the patients coming in for surgery suffer from a condition known as meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD) Dry Eye, especially those who wear contact lenses.

Meibomian Gland Dysfunction Dry Eye is typically caused or exacerbated by tiny microbes-bacteria and parasitic mites that live on the eyelids. The microbes cause inflammation and block glands near the eye-the meibomian gland-from releasing a natural oil needed for the protective film of tears on the eyes. The microbes also produce lipase, an enzyme that breaks up the crucial oil. “As a result, the eyes lack the normal protective tear film,” says Dr. Rose. “Not only can that be a painful and sometimes debilitating condition for patients, it also makes refractive eye surgery more difficult.”

Avenova directly tackles the major cause of Dry Eye. It is the only lid hygiene product to contain pure 0.01% hypochlorous acid, manufactured by the Neutrox method. Hypochlorous acid is naturally produced in our own white blood cells. In vitro testing shows that hypochlorous acid kills harmful bacteria. It also blocks inflammatory agents released by both the bacteria and the body, and breaks up the enzyme lipase that attacks the tear-protection oil from the meibomian glands.

“I love Avenova,” says Dr. Rose. “Avenova provides an easy, safe and cost effective regimen to help manage MGD Dry Eye. Dr. Whitten and I now implement Avenova treatment for our refractive and cataract surgeries preoperatively and have been very pleased with the results.”

Contact Dr. Shilpa Rose, MD, Board Certified Ophthalmologist at Whitten Laser Eye via Shilpadrose@gmail.com

SOURCE: Whitten Laser Eye

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How People with Different Types of Color Blindness See the World

Different Types of Color Blindness 

Color blindness according to data available on the most comprehensive resource affects, quite a lot of us — around 0.5% of women and 8% of men — suffer from inaccurate perceptions of color.

The effects of color vision deficiency can be mild, moderate or severe depending upon the defect. If you have inherited color blindness your condition will stay the same throughout your life – it won’t get any better or worse.

The retina of the eye has two types of light-sensitive cells called rods and cones. Both are found in the retina which is the layer at the back of your eye which processes images. Rods work in low light conditions to help night vision, but cones work in daylight and are responsible for color discrimination.

There are three types of cone cells and each type has a different sensitivity to light wavelengths. One type of cone perceives blue light, another perceives green and the third perceives red. When you look at an object, light enters your eye and stimulates the cone cells. Your brain then interprets the signals from the cones cells so that you can see the color of the object. The red, green and blue cones all work together allowing you to see the whole spectrum of colors. For example, when the red and blue cones are simulated in a certain way you will see the color purple.


  • Normal Vision – A person with normal vision sees the world around them in these colors.

  • Deuteranomalia – is the most common form of color blindness. Around 4.63% of men suffer from it and in many cases don’t even realize. It’s clear from the photo that the colors have lost some of their brightness, especially with regard to green and red.


  • Protanopia is a less-widespread form of color blindness — only around 1% of men experience it. All shades of green and red appear somewhat faded, whilst blue and yellow shades remain virtually unchanged.


  • Tritanopia is a very rare form of color blindness affecting men and women to an equally small degree. Those who experience it see the world in greenish pink tones.

  • As for total color blindness, it certainly exists, but it’s extremely rare: only 0.00003% of the world’s population has it.

     

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A Real Valentine’s Day Gift: Relief from Painful Dry Eye

Valentine’s Day is an Occasion to Do Something Special for People We Love – Give the Ultimate Gift of Better Health to Someone Suffering from the Painful Dry Eye Condition

By: Amr Kouchouk, M.D.

Valentine’s Day is an occasion to do something special for the person we love. And yes, a necklace, a set of golf clubs, or a romantic dinner can be great ways to show appreciation. But there’s another type of gift that can be even more precious—the gift of better health and of relief from painful conditions. I’m thinking in particular about a growing problem called dry eye.

Dry eye afflicts millions of Americans, with the numbers rising as people get older. Meibomian gland dysfunction (the leading cause of dry eye) has a prevalence of nearly 50% among adults (exact number varies among studies)! This is a disease that affects several million people here in the US. Dry eye disease is an epidemic, and in my opinion for a long time has been one of the most undertreated diseases possibly in all of medicine.

Why do people suffer from dry eye? The leading cause is meibomian gland dysfunction, which means that the oil glands in our eyelids cannot get enough oil into our tear film which causes our tears to disappear too quickly.  This is made worse by millions of microbes, bacteria, and in some cases even parasitic mites! These may cause a biofilm which blocks the secretion of these oils. Even worse, they produce an enzyme called lipase that breaks up the crucial oil.

Dry eye disease is multifactorial, and as such there are a variety of treatments that are needed to adequately treat it.  Anti-inflammatory drops (Restasis and Xiidra) are helpful.  Lipiflow – a procedure that heats up and then massages the oil glands to remove the obstruction has been shown to be effective.

As there are many treatments available, it is always important to know where it is best to start.  At the base of my “Treatment Pyramid” – I put every dry eye patient on Oral Re-esterified Omega 3 Supplements (PRN) and Avenova – an innovative daily lid and lash hygiene spray.  Some patients have reported that they have been instructed to use “baby shampoo” in the past, however this can actually be harsh, irritating, and does not have close to the results that one can get with Avenova.  Avenova provides Neutrox – a pure 0.01% hypochlorous acid which is naturally made by our own cells, so it is 100% safe to use every day.  More importantly, it does a fantastic job at removing those harmful bacteria, mites, and even the lipase that breaks up the oil in our tear film.

The results speak for themselves, as I have consistently heard from hundreds of patients the effect something so simple has had on their quality of life. You will never have healthy looking eyes unless your eyelids are healthy.  So on Valentine’s Day, you can offer the gift of healthier eyes to the people you care about the most – or to yourself.


About Amr Kouchouk, M.D.

One of the nation’s top dry eye specialists and a cornea/refractive surgeon, Dr. Amr Kouchouk, MD has published numerous papers in medical journals and has presented his research at national meetings.  He has created a Dry Eye Center of Excellence where he provides the latest technologies available for treatment.

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Your Eye Makeup Could be Making You Sick

Eye makeup can be a breeding ground for bacteria. We all have a few microbes, like Staphylococcus and Streptococcus, living around our eyes. When eyeliner or mascara is applied, some of those bugs stick to the applicator and are carried back to the makeup container.

Contributors: Christine Sindt, OD and Alice T. Epitropoulos, MD

For a lot of women, eye makeup is an essential part of being properly dressed — just as important as a stylish outfit or nice shoes. But while mascara and eyeliner can create different looks, from subtle to striking, they can also make you sick.

Eye products are supposed to contain preservatives to keep bacteria from growing. But some products don’t have enough. And over time, the preservative’s effectiveness declines. As a result, the bacteria on an eyeliner pencil or mascara applicator grow and multiply. Each time you apply makeup, you get bigger and bigger doses of bacteria — enough to cause serious infections.

“Every year, many women end up with eye infections from cosmetics,” warns the University of Rochester Medical Center. “In rare cases, women have been temporarily or permanently blinded by an eye cosmetic, according to the FDA.”

You can, however, prevent these problems and others with these simple tips:

  • Don’t share makeup to avoid spreading bacteria.
  • Replace your eye makeup regularly, at least every three to four months.
  • Remove eye makeup at the end of every day.
  • Practice good eyelid hygiene.
  • Keep updated on the latest eyelid-eyelash hygiene clinical safety reports.

Christine Sindt, OD, Clinical Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Iowa, recommends wiping the eyes daily with a new antibacterial eyelid cleanser, such as Avenova from NovaBay Pharmaceuticals. “One recent study showed that Avenova dramatically reduces the amount of Staphylococcus and other bacteria around the eye — by more than 99 percent,” says Sindt. “Avenova contains a solution of pure hypochlorous acid, a substance used by the body as a natural defense against pathogens, but is completely harmless to skin.”

 

“I encourage women to talk to their doctors about daily eye hygiene using safe and effective products, such as Avenova, which can be the best defense against infections and other common eye problems, like dry eye and Blepharitis,” adds Columbus, Ohio, ophthalmologist Alice T. Epitropoulos, MD. “Take these steps, and women can have both beauty and healthy eyes.”

 

 

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Eye Health Tips – Simple Tips for Healthy Eyes

Eye-Health Is an important part of your health. There are many things you can do to keep them healthy. Follow these simple steps for maintaining healthy eyes well into your golden years.

  1. Have a comprehensive dilated eye exam – You might think your vision is fine or that your eyes are healthy, but visiting your eye care professional for a comprehensive dilated eye exam is the only way to really be sure.
  2. Know your family’s eye health history – Talk to your family members about their eye health history. It’s important to know if anyone has been diagnosed with a disease or condition since many are hereditary.
  3. Eat right to protect your sight – You’ve heard carrots are good for your eyes. But eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, particularly dark leafy greens such as spinach, kale, or collard greens is important for keeping your eyes healthy, too. Research has also shown there are eye health benefits from eating fish high in omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon, tuna, and halibut.
  4. Maintain a healthy weight – Being overweight or obese increases your risk of developing diabetes and other systemic conditions, which can lead to vision loss, such as diabetic eye disease or glaucoma.
  5. Wear protective eyewear – Wear protective eyewear when playing sports or doing activities around the home.
  6. Quit smoking or never start – Smoking is as bad for your eyes as it is for the rest of your body. Research has linked smoking to an increased risk of developing age-related macular degeneration, cataract, and optic nerve damage, all of which can lead to blindness.
  7. Be cool and wear your shades – Sunglasses are a great fashion accessory, but their most important job is to protect your eyes from the sun’s ultraviolet rays. When purchasing sunglasses, look for ones that block out 99 to 100 percent of both UV-A and UV-B radiation.
  8. Give your eyes a rest – If you spend a lot of time at the computer or focusing on any one thing, you sometimes forget to blink and your eyes can get fatigued. Try the 20-20-20 rule: Every 20 minutes, look away about 20 feet in front of you for 20 seconds. This can help reduce eyestrain.
  9. Clean your hands and your contact lenses properly – To avoid the risk of infection, always wash your hands thoroughly before putting in or taking out your contact lenses.
  10. Practice workplace eye safety – Employers are required to provide a safe work environment. When protective eyewear is required as a part of your job, make a habit of wearing the appropriate type at all times and encourage your coworkers to do the same.
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