Water Advocate Sharon Kleyne Says Lack of Eye Gland Education Can Cause Dry Eye. Radio Host Sharon Kleyne Points to Tear Gland Regeneration in Mice.
Sharon Kleyne. Host of the nationally syndicated radio program, The Sharon Kleyne Hour Power of Water, Global Climate Change and Your Health on Voice America, is acknowledged around the world as America’s leading water researcher and the international expert on dry eye disease. Yet, Kleyne is concerned that people seldom pay attention to the tiny glands around their eyes. When these glands do not function properly, they can cause numerous eye problems, including dry eye disease. Of special interest to Kleyne is a study of mice eyes. The tear gland regeneration research project was conducted by Dr. Tashaki Tsuji at Tokyo University of Science (www.ScienceDaily.com, “Researchers regenerate a fully functioning bioengineered lachrymal gland,” October 2, 2013).
According to Sharon Kleyne, the single most common category of complaints heard by United States eye doctors are symptoms related to dry eye syndrome such as itching, burning or frequently tired eyes, occasionally blurred vision, or headaches, watery eyes and eye allergies. Ignoring these symptoms can lead to considerable discomfort, chronic dry eye, impaired vision and even blindness. Dry eye complaints, says Kleyne, usually indicate either insufficient water in the eyes’ basal tear film or insufficient lipid production. For optimal vision health, the tear film covering the eyes’ surface must be maintained at 98% water. Lipids from the meibomian glands prevent tear film water from evaporating.
Illness, eye allergies, physical dehydration or environmental conditions such as dry or polluted air or humidity, Sharon Kleyne explains, can dehydrate the eyes and the body. This eventually leads to impaired lachrymal glands, a major cause of dry eye. In addition, dry facial skin, especially dry, flaky or inflamed eyelids, can cause the meibomian glands to not function properly; this can also lead to dry eye symptoms. According to Kleyne, tear-producing lachrymal glands sit next to and above the eyeball. Nerves controlling lachrymal glands are more complex than those controlling meibomian glands. The emotional drive for tearing is mediated through the seventh cranial nerve. The lachrymal gland contains estrogen, prolactin, androgen, insulin and other hormone receptors.
Tears produced by lachrymal glands, Sharon Klyene notes, consist of water, salt (electrolyte), protein, antibodies, growth factors and enzymes. All are essential to the health of the epithelium, the clear membrane covering the white of the eye, called the “sclera,” and the clear part of the eye, called the “cornea.” Meibomian glands, says Kleyne, resemble elongated grape clusters. Glands express oil into a central duct that discharges onto the eyelid margin. Ducts can undergo keratinization (hardening) when surrounding tissue is inflamed, thereby blocking the duct. Keratinization can occur due to both chronic obstructive meibomian gland dysfunction and bacterial blepharitis (eyelid inflammation.
To optimize eye gland health, Sharon Kleyne recommends drinking at least eight-to-ten glasses of pure water each day, in addition to all other fluids, and making a concerted effort to keep the eye surface and the facial skin fully moisturized and humidified with pure water. According to Kleyne, Nature’s Tears® EyeMist® effectively supplements lost moisture in the tear film, eyelid and facial skin. Nature’s Tears® EyeMist® is applied with a personal hand-held humidifying device emitting a pure, pH balanced, 100% Trade Secret tissue culture grade water in a patented micron mist. Nature’s Tears® EyeMist® is endorsed by more than 22,000 ophthalmologists and optometrists nationwide and was successfully test-marketed in more than 70,000 outlets. With Natures Tears® EyeMist®, Kleyne explains, tired or irritated eyes are supplemented with pure water, and that’s exactly what eyes challenged by dry eye symptoms need.
By keeping eyes and eye glands healthy, Sharon Kleyne concludes, you will most likely never have to concern yourself with regenerated bio-engineered tear glands. Kleyne works tirelessly to educate people about the current global water crisis and the health dangers associated with dehydration due to excess evaporation of the earth’s water vapor. In doing so, Kleyne encourages people to experience a new, healthy Water Life Science® lifestyle and visit http://www.biologicaqua.com for more information.