Water Life Science® Creator Kleyne Explains Origins of ‘Dry’. Dry Eye Researcher Sharon Kleyne Shares Water Evaporation Insights.
Where does the word ‘dry’ originate, and what does it really mean?
According to Sharon Kleyne, founder of Bio-Logic Aqua® Research Water Life Science® and one of the world’s leading experts in dry eye disease, evaporation of body water vapor and evaporation of earth’s water vapor, the word ‘dry’ is Germanic. It comes from the Middle Low German ‘droge’ and the German ‘trocken’; ‘dry’ is also descended from the Dutch word, ‘droog’ and the Old English ‘dryge’ (adjective) and ‘drygan’ (verb). Today, ‘dry’ means without moisture (think dry clothes, a dry well, for instance).
“It would also be smart to associate ‘dry’ with the eyes,” says Kleyne. “A dry eye is not a healthy or happy eye.” Kleyne, also the host of the nationally syndicated radio program The Sharon Kleyne Hour Power of Water, Global Climate Change and Your Health on VoiceAmerica sponsored by Nature’s Tears® EyeMist®, teaches that the tear film of the eye is naturally 99 percent water. When the tear film loses as little as two percent of its moisture as a result of evaporation, dry eye disease symptoms occur. These symptoms include elevated levels of stress and anxiety, redness, swelling, blurred vision, itching and pus discharge.
The new water technology research of Kleyne and her colleagues at her research center have shown that the best way to counter the painful effects of dry eye symptoms is to supplement the eyes on a regular basis with fresh, pure water. One unique product that supplements the tear film, also developed by Kleyne, is Nature’s Tears® EyeMist, Nature’s Tears® EyeMist supplements the eye’s tear film with a patented micron-size spray from a personal, portable hand-held humidifier.
Kleyne also suggests that sufferers of dry eye drink eight-to-ten glasses of water a day, take regular breaks from computer work, television and on-line entertainment, and avoid as much as possible artificial heating and cooling environments, dust, smoke, sun glare, wind and allergies. Getting a lot of restful sleep helps to limit the damage of dry eyes, too.
Like knowing the origin and meaning of the word—dry—that names a disease that attacks more than 30 million Americans a year, Kleyne believes that the world can benefit from more proactive approaches to personal health. “The more we learn about body water evaporation, evaporation of earth’s atmosphere, supplementing the eye’s tear film and the prevalence of dry conditions throughout the world,” says Kleyne, “the more successful we will be preventing blindness, preserving healthy vision and tackling the world’s water crisis with the expectation of a satisfactory outcome.”