At High Risk For Developing Dry Eye Syndrome?

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There are numerous risk factors for dry eye syndrome: include but not limited to:

1. Women in maturity:-Menopause women who receive hormone replacement therapy are at higher risk fo5r dry eye syndrome. This is because hormone receptors are found on the cornea tissue directly linked to eye function.Women over 50, whether pre or post menopause have  significantly decreased tear production.  Similarly, it has been noted that women with primary ovarian failure develop clinically significant dry eye syndrome

2. Arthritis 

3  Smoking

3. Medications-Medications such as diuretics (to lower high blood pressure) , antidepressants, antihistamines, anticholinergics, and systemic retinoids like Accutane can increase the risk of developing dry eye syndrome.

4. Environmental factors,-Such as reduced humidity and increased wind, drafts, air conditioning, or heating may worsen the ocular discomfort of patients with dry eye. environmental irritants and allergens, can increase the symptoms of dry eyes.  People who use lots of computers,  watch television, and prolonged reading.

5. LASIK or PRK Surgery:-Following refractive surgery such as LASIK or PRK, for several months may experience significant dry eye due to the severing of the corneal nerves during surgery.

6. Systemic Diseases: Sjogrens, Blepharitis, Lymphoma, Viral Infections, AIDS- Dry eye-associated systemic diseases include Sjogren’s syndrome, where inflammation of the lacrimal gland leads to tear-production deficiency, and rosacea, which is associated with posterior blepharitis with increased tear evaporation. Aqueous tear deficiency may develop in systemic pathologies such as lymphoma, sarcoidosis, hemochromatosis, and amyloidosis. Dry eye may likewise develop in people with systemic viral infections and AIDS.  Lacrimal gland swelling, dry eye, and Sjogren’s syndrome have been associated with Epstein-Barr virus infections and decreased tear production, reduced tear volume, and reduced tear lactoferrin concentrations have been seen in patients with hepatitis C. Neuromuscular disorders that affect the patient’s blink (e.g., Parkinson disease, Bell palsy) can lead to dry eye syndrome as can localized findings such as eyelid malposition,  blepharitis.

7. Cancer Treatments-Radiation, Transplantation, localized trauma, including orbital surgery, radiation, and injury, may also cause dry eye.

You can see from all the research into the risk factors of dry eye syndrome that we need to go beyond just dispensing some artificial tear. Lifestyle issues maybe causing the underlying problems with dry eyes.

TheraLife has a spectrum of products that deal with these dry eye disorders including:

  • TheraLife Eye – for chronic dry eye: Web link
  • TheraLife Menopausal Support – for hormone balance: Web link
  • TheraLife Autoimmune Dry Eye formula – for Sjogren’s and more: Web link
  • TheraLife Omega 3 Fish Oil – to increase dry eye relief when used in combination with TheraLife Eye and TheraLife Autoimmune. click here
  • TheraLife MaculaEye: click here
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