Water Researcher Kleyne Offers Dry Eye Education. Sharon Kleyne Talks Healthy Eyes & Good Vision.
At the same time that earth is suffering a water crisis, the human eye is also under attack. According to Sharon Kleyne, Founder of Bio-Logic Aqua® Research Water Life Science®, ongoing global change in temperature, humidity and air pollution is creating a worldwide health crisis: dry eye disease. Kleyne believes that the key to maintaining healthy eyes and good vision will come down to education about the structure and care of the eye’s all-important tear film. Kleyne, an internationally respected researcher, creator of new technology and a renowned educator, offers a lesson here in the defense against dry eye and blindness.
The eye (including the white sclera and clear cornea) is the only exposed part of the body not protected by skin. Instead, it is protected by the tear film, which is 99 percent water. The tear film also lubricates the eyes and is the primary transmitter of light.
Our increasingly dry and polluted global environment is creating a heightened risk of tear film water lost to evaporation. When the tear film loses water, it doesn’t perform its many functions as well and vision can (and often does) become compromised.
The first and most important step in preventing dry eye and tear film moisture loss, according to Kleyne, who is also the 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®, is to understand how the tear film works. Although only 20 to 30 microns (millionths of a meter) thick, the multi-layered tear film is amazingly complex. Dehydrated and irritated eyes (dry eye) mainly occur as moisture loss in the tear film’s middle (aqueous) layer.
Kleyne describes the tear film layers in this way. The lipid layer is the outermost layer and consists of a thin film of fatty oils (over 100 different fats and oils have been identified) that lubricate the eyelid, help protect the eye from airborne particles (dust, pollen, smoke, bacteria) and slow evaporation of water from the aqueous layer.
The aqueous layer is the middle and by far the thickest tear film layer. It contains the vast majority of the eye’s water. It also contains electrolyte (salt), beneficial proteins, enzymes and bacteria-fighting antibodies. Moisture loss from the aqueous layer can lead to an over-concentration of salt, which results in discomfort (usually burning). Perspiration also contains lipid, salt and water but the salt content is much higher than that of the tear film. That’s why perspiration causes discomfort when it drips into the eyes. Since the clear corneal cells are live but contain no blood vessels, they depend on the aqueous layer’s water for nutrition and oxygen. The water is most oxygenated when there is a steady inflow of clean humidity droplets, passing through the lipid layer, from the surrounding air.
The mucin layer is the bottom layer that glues the tear film to the ocular surface.
Kleyne knows that the best way to supplement and replenish the evaporating water vapor of the eye is to use Nature’s Tears® EyeMist®. The purity and pH of Nature’s Tears® EyeMist® is perfect for supplementing and replenishing lost water of the tear film. Nature’s Tears® EyeMist® contains Trade Secret tissue culture grade fresh water and no additives or chemicals. Nature’s Tears® EyeMist® is applied to the eyes as a patented micron-size mist from a personal, portable hand-held humidifier. The purity and pH of this mist makes it ideal for rapid and beneficial absorption.
Kleyne also believes that the best eye health comes of being proactive on an individual basis. The more you understand what your eyes consist of and how they work, the happier and healthier you and your eyes will be.
Before you read this article, were you aware of the parts of the eye described by Kleyne? Do you suffer from dry eye disease? What do you think of new water research and new technology? Have you ever tried Nature’s Tears® EyeMist® or known someone who has done so? What’s the verdict?
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