Sharon Kleyne Wants To End Blindness In China

Chinese (NGDOs) Nongovernmental Development Organizations Battle Blindness. Water Educator Sharon Kleyne Says Chinese Blindness Can Be Prevented.

According to Sharon Kleyne’s research in evaporation and dry eye disease, blindness is out of control on planet earth and nowhere is it more devastating than China with its immense population.

Recent UN studies reveal that China accounts for 18 percent of the world’s blind population. No other country comes close. Major causes of blindness in China include cataracts, cornea diseases, trachoma glaucoma and several other causes (such as an ongoing vitamin A deficiency) of blindness in children. At this time, cataracts are the main cause of blindness in China. Mainly a disease associated with aging, cataracts are responsible for fifty percent of China’s blind cases—close to three million people. Blindness in China is not only a health and social problem; it is an economic problem, too. Government statistics suggest that blindness costs China between fifteen and twenty billion dollars a year in lost productivity. Yet, Kleyne believes that forty to fifty percent of annual blindness cases in China are preventable.

In 1984, the Chinese Ministry of Health crafted a series of five-year plans to provide cataract surgery throughout the country. Under these plans 600,000 cataract surgeries were performed between 1991 and 1994. Still, because of China’s rising population over age 60 (in 2020, it is estimated that 240,000 million Chinese will be 60 or older), the government projects that 5 million people will be blind in 2020 due to cataracts. “This trend has prompted an inspired global response,” said Kleyne, “spearheaded by the World Health Organization.” A WHO Alliance for the Global Elimination of Trachoma (GET 2020) was established in 1997, which constitutes an integral part of Vision 2020. This alliance includes non-governmental organizations playing an ever greater role in prevention of preventable blindness in China. Presently, 12 NGDOs actively collaborate with WHO and the Ministry of Health and support eye care delivery in 19 of the 31 provinces in China. Among them (in alphabetical order):

• Amity Foundation (China)
• Asia Foundation for the Prevention of Blindness (Hong Kong, China)
• Christoffel-Blindenmission (Christian Blind Mission International (CBM), Germany)
• Foresight (Australia)
• Foundation for Eye Care Himalaya (The Netherlands)
• The Fred Hollows Foundation (Australia)
• Helen Keller International (USA)
• The Lions Club International (USA)
• ORBIS International (USA)
• Singapore National Eye Centre (Singapore)
• Seva Foundation (USA)
• Tibet Vision Project (USA)

These NGDOs have agreed to work together within Vision 2020 towards the common goal of eliminating preventable blindness in China by 2020.

Sharon Kleyne, 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®, is also doing more than her fair share to prevent blindness in China. Kleyne is proud of the fact that Nature’s Tears® EyeMist®, the signature product of her research center at Bio-Logic Aqua Research® Water Life Science®, was recently released in China. “We think that Nature’s Tears® EyeMist® will contribute to eliminating preventable blindness,” said Kleyne, “which has been such a scourge on Chinese health since the Peoples’ Republic of China came into existence in 1949.”

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Sharon Kleyne Tackles Dry Eye & Computer Vision Syndrome

Sharon Kleyne Says Dry Eye is a major symptom of Computer Vision Syndrome. Sharon Kleyne warns that CVS symptoms trigger disease and blindness.

Sharon Kleyne, founder of Bio-Logic Aqua® Research Water Life Science®, recently addressed health hazards for computer users. “I’m urging everybody who has a computer, and everybody exposed to second-hand computer glare,” said Kleyne, “to be aware of the dangers of Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS).”

Sharon Kleyne, host of The Sharon Kleyne Hour Power of Water, Global Climate Change and Your Health radio program nationally syndicated on Voice of America, is a tireless advocate of water research and education; she is also a staunch supporter of healthy practices and habits that relieve the symptoms of dry eye disease and CVS.

According to Sharon Kleyne and the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, computer vision syndrome affects more than 90% of people who spend three or more hours a day at their computers. This vast number of Geeks and casual computer users suffer from headaches, sore necks, blurred vision, chronic eye pain and dry eye disease.

Dry eye disease is, of course, the number one threat to eye health and a leading precursor of blindness in the world, and it is the primary symptom requiring attention in therapy for Computer Vision Syndrome. “Using over-the counter artificial tear solutions and saline solutions reduces the effects of dry eye disease,” says Kleyne, “but they only act temporarily. In fact, in the long run they make matters worse, inflaming the eye by chemically evaporating even more of the eye’s natural water vapor.”

Sharon Kleyne endorses stop-gap measures for dealing with Computer Vision Syndrome such as closing one’s eyes for twenty seconds at least every half-hour and focusing on an object at least twenty feet away at least every twenty minutes. She also advocates elimination of bright overhead lighting and elimination of screen glare. “If you have a window in your work space,” said Kleyne, “try to sit back and gaze out of it for a couple of minutes every hour or so.”

Sharon Kleyne also recommends, “the only proven, non-invasive remedy for dry eye disease, Nature’s Tears® EyeMist®. Produced by Bio-Logic Aqua® Research Water Life Science®, Nature’s Tears® EyeMist® consists of 100% Trade Secret, pure culture tissue grade fresh water delivered to the eyes, with no discomfort or irritation. The water is applied to the eye as a micron mist by a hand-held, personal spray humidifier specially designed by Bio-Logic Aqua® Research Water Life Science®’s Research Department and bottling facility that emits a pure, pH balanced, 100% water mist for rehydrating eyes.”

Sharon Kleyne recommends that computer users keep spray bottles of Nature’s Tears® EyeMist® at or near computer work stations whether at home, at work or at one’s favorite coffee shop. She also suggests carrying a bottle in the laptop bag when on the road. Nature’s Tears® EyeMist® is endorsed by more than 22,000 ophthalmologists and optometrists nationwide and was successfully market-tested in more than 70,000 outlets including pharmacies, high-end retail outlets, first responders, police departments, hospitals, schools and the military.

“A recent report announced that there are 3.5 billion computer users in the world,” said Sharon Kleyne. “That’s a lot of dry eye disease and Computer Vision syndrome! Still,” Kleyne continued, “computers are such an integral part of our daily lives, but nothing can replace your eyes and eye sight. Protect yourself from Computer Vision Syndrome and dry eye disease with Nature’s Tears® EyeMist® from Bio-Logic Aqua® Research Water Life Science®.”

Sharon Kleyne Says Cataracts Challenge Healthy Vision

Cataracts: the #1 cause of blindness. Sharon Kleyne Warns That Cataracts and Aging Can Go Hand in Hand.

“Do you know,” says water advocate Sharon Kleyne, “that the number of people suffering from visual impairment exceeds the total population of the United States? That’s right, the total population!” The World Health Organization released figures not long ago documenting that 285 million people (more than the entire population of the United States!) are visually impaired. Almost 40 million are blind. “Yet,” says Kleyne, ”80 percent of visual impairments can be prevented or cured.”

“Of course,” says Sharon Kleyne, “the quickest way to cure your visual ailments is to educate yourself about your eyes and eye care.” Sharon Kleyne, Bio-Logic Aqua® Research Center founder, visionary creator of Nature’s Tears® EyeMist® and host of The Sharon Kleyne Hour Radio Talk Show – www.workdtalkradio.com, considers the daunting global statistics above and urges everyone to have their eyes examined for cataracts. She also encourages people everywhere to educate themselves about this particular serious threat to vision.

Cataracts occur, especially in people over the age of 40, when protein in the eye’s natural lens (between the iris and the pupil) clumps together and creates a cloudy condition. Not only is it the main cause of blindness in the world, according to Prevent Blindness America (PBA), there are more global cases of cataracts than there are of diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma and macular degeneration combined. After age 40, cataracts affect more than 22 million Americans each year, and PBA projects that by 2020—just a little more than three years from now—more than 30 million Americans will suffer from cataracts. Cataract symptoms may include blurred vision—as if you were looking through a cloudy glass—dull colors, glaring headlights when you drive at night, or sunlight that seems so bright it hurts.

Yes, in practical terms, cataracts can be dangerous to others, too. Imagine the head-on collisions and side-swiping savagery awaiting the cataract-afflicted who have not given up driving. Think of the man last year who plowed into a school bus, or the one that knocked a child off his bicycle and into a ditch. These were cataract-related accidents, and more happen every day.

The three known types of cataracts include: subcapsular cataract, which occurs at the back of the lens (people with diabetes and people taking large doses of steroids have the greatest risk), nuclear cataract, which takes shape deep in the lens’s nucleus and is most often associated with aging and cortical cataract, which occurs in the lens cortex and is identified by white opacities in the shape of wedges that seem to begin in the periphery of the lens and work inward to the center in a spoke-like design.

Sharon Kleyne, for decades a leading voice in eye and skin care using tissue culture grade water to supplement the eyes and skin’s water vapor loss through evaporation, encourages every person on earth to take responsibility for her own eye care before it is too late. “Eyes and skin are constantly assaulted,” Kleyne says, “by dehydration and depletion of earth’s water vapor due to pollution and climate change. Dry Eye Syndrome, allergies and respiratory conditions lead directly to cataracts and blindness.”

A unique, preventative safeguard against cataracts can be found in Bio-Logic Aqua® Research Water Life Science®’s Nature’s Tears® EyeMist® and its personal hand-held humidifying device emitting a pure, pH balanced, 100% water mist for rehydrating eyes. 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.

The new research at Bio-Logic Aqua® Research Water Life Science® suggests that a future in which the affliction of cataracts is greatly diminished is on the horizon, “but it will take more research and better education to get us there,” says Kleyne. Preventative measures such as regularly using Nature’s Tears® EyeMist® can make all the difference.

“You only have two eyes,” Sharon Kleyne reminds us, “and they are almost completely made of water. If you want to see clearly, and who doesn’t, you must be hydrated! Drink at least 8 to 10 glasses of water every day, do breathing exercises and mist your eyes with our pure, culture grade Trade Secret fresh water.”

WATER ADVOCATE SHARON KLEYNE WANTS TO SAVE YOUR EYESIGHT

What would you do if blindness were imminent?

Water advocate Sharon Kleyne, the founder of Bio-Logic Aqua® Research Water Life Science® and creator of Nature’s Tears® EyeMist®, wants everybody to ask this question: Do you fear going blind? Well, who doesn’t?

Yet who wants to think about that? People tend to ignore the prospect of something as life-changing as blindness, but the truth, according to findings from the 2014 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) Preliminary Report, declares that an estimated 22.5 million adult Americans (or nearly 10% of all adult Americans) report that they either “have trouble” seeing, even when wearing glasses or contact lenses, or that they are blind or unable to see at all. 22.5 million…that is an astonishing number!

It’s so astonishing that it should encourage every person on earth to look to their own eye care before it is too late. People today are constantly challenged by dehydration and depletion of earth’s water vapor due to pollution, climate change and our unnatural, unhealthy lifestyles. Afflictions of the eye such as dry eye disease, allergies and respiratory conditions can lead directly to glaucoma, cataracts, melanoma and blindness.

“It won’t do to act like an ostrich with your head stuck in the sand,” said Sharon Kleyne, host of the educational, entertaining and informative The Sharon Kleyne Hour Power of Water radio program. That is why Kleyne’s mission since the 1980s has been to replenish the water vapor surrounding the earth and moisturizing the eyes and body by making available Bio-Logic Aqua® Research Water Life Science®’s Trade Secret tissue culture grade water to treat eye and skin conditions that can lead to blindness. While encouraging everyone to drink at least 8 glasses of fresh water a day, Kleyne reminds us that the body’s technology is water—breathing the water vapor, which must be supplemented by recycling. “You need to drink pure, fresh water in order to stay hydrated,” said Kleyne.

“Remember that we are mostly water,” Sharon Kleyne continued. “The eye lens is 99 percent water; the brain is 80-85 percent water; the lungs and liver are 70-80 percent water; the blood is 50 percent water; even the bones are 20 percent water. We are fluid. Everything around us is made of water. Hope doesn’t keep us alive; the atmospheric water vapor does that. The surface of the eye and the rest of the body must be supplemented every day—and even several times a day—to counteract evaporation of the water vapor,” said Kleyne. “That’s why I supplement the water vapor of my eyes and skin with Nature’s Tears® EyeMist® and Nature’s Mist® Face of the Water® several times a day.”

A unique remedy for dry eye syndrome, allergies, blindness, melanoma and a host of other afflictions of the eyes, Nature’s Tears® EyeMist® is a personal hand-held humidifying device emitting a pure, pH balanced, 100% water mist for dry eyes. 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.

You are your own most intuitive, effective health care provider!

“Please resolve to take greater charge of your health,” says Sharon Kleyne, especially your eyes and the precious gift of sight. You only have two eyes,” Kleyne reminds us, “and they are almost completely made up of water. If you want to see clearly, you must keep your eyes hydrated!”

New Education about Menopause, Dry Eye and the Global Dry Eye Crisis

Sharon Kleyne, host of the Sharon Kleyne Hour Power of Water syndicated radio talk show, recently interviewed Laurie Barber, MD, Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Arkansas and a leading authority on dry eye syndrome. The interview may be heard on-demand on World Talk Radio, Voice America, Green Talk Network and Apple iTunes.

An important Sharon Kleyne Hour Power of Water objective is to raise awareness of the growing worldwide crisis in dry eye disease, and proactive steps that may be taken to prevent or alleviate dry eye symptoms. Untreated dry eye disease, according to Sharon Kleyne, can lead to corneal ulceration, visual impairment and blindness.

Sharon Kleyne is especially interested in the link between dry eye disease, air quality, polluted humidity, dry air, climate change, dehydrating indoor and outdoor environments and the amount of water we drink daily.

Noting that dry eye symptoms are the number one complaint that ophthalmologists hear from patients, Sharon Kleyne asked how Dr. Barber became interested in dry eye. Dr. Barber indicated that she practices in all areas of ophthalmology but does research on corneal inflammation, which can be caused by dry eye. There is no skin over the cornea and it is protected only by the corneal membrane and the tear film so it’s very delicate. If the tear film is healthy, the eye is likely to be healthy. And there are many important substances in the tear film aside from salt water – hormones, antibodies, mucins, lipids and so forth.

Sharon Kleyne noted that numeorus environmental drying factors that work against the tear film and can cause dry eye, dry skin and dry mouth. Also, dry eye ius often usymptomatic. Sharon asked abou the main symptoms of dry eye?

In younger people, according to Dr. Barber, there are very few symptoms. As we get older, after age 35 or so, we may lose the ability to keep the tear film in top-notch condition without helping it along, more among women than men. Dry eye after age 35, Dr. Barber explained, is believed to be caused by a drop-off in androgen, a male sex hormone, that occurs in both men and women. Dry eye symptoms include burning, itching, irritated, red eyes, and blurred vision. Also, what we call “eye fatigue.”

Sharon Kleyne cited a prior guest, Marguerite McDonald, MD, who observed that if you ever want LASIK surgery later in life, you should take excellent care of your eyes and contact lenses when you are young.

Sharon Kleyne then asked spedcifically about dry eye and menopausal women. I’m sure dry eye also shows up in men of the same age. Dr. Barber replied that older men are also prone to dry eye symptoms, esepciaaly men on prostate medication. The hormonal changes leading to menopause, she explained, start at around age 35 and men have some of the same hormone fluctuations as women. But women have a lot more hormones and a lot more dry eye.

S: Do you have any advice about artificial tears?

L: You need to limit it to four or five application a day, especially when using eye drops that contain preservatives, which can be an allergen.

S: You sound very concerned about vision care education. People are often unaware of the harm they can do to their eyes. Can you become addicted to eye drops?

L: That’s often talked about but I don’t think there have been any actual studies to determine whether using eye drops sets up a self-perpetuating need, as is the case with nose drops. Most people only use eye drops for a short duration.

S: Is there a test for dry eye?

L: The Shirmer test can be done by ophthalmologists or optometrists. They put a strip of blotting paper inside the eyelid for a specified amount of time and see how much liquid it soaks up.

S: What role does the skin around the eyes play in dry eye? Usually, when the eye is dry, the eyelids are inflamed and the eyelid skin is dry and flaky.

L: The lid margins are particularly problematic because that’s where the oil producing meibomium gland are located. The lids are also a “hot spot” for skin cancer. But any time you have serious symptoms, it’s time to see the doctor. They can recommend a pure water mist supplement like Nature’s Tears EyeMist, artificial tears, various medications, punctual plugs, etc.

S: And of course it’s important to keep eyes moist by drinking plenty of water – and I don’t mean coffee or soda.

L: Hydration and diet are critical. You should also eat green, leafy veggies, fruit and omega-3’s.

S: What about occupational health and eye care? Employers need to be taught about vision and forced air heating and cooling, computers, etc.

L: We all take our vision for granted until something bad happens. It’s human nature.

S: Could you talk about sleep and rest?

L: It’s very important to eye health, of course. It’s important to truly rest your eyes at night, and allow them to recover, which means not wearing contact lenses to bed. The tear film restores itself while you sleep – the glands recharge, the pH drops, etc.

S: Do you get a lot of patients with eye-stressing occupations or lifestyles, such as truck drivers or motorcycle riders?

L: Yes, those occupations all involve intense concentration or staring and the person often forgets to blink, which causes too much moisture to evaporate from the tear film. The best way to deal with that is prevention such as goggles or helmets, or pre-treatment such as applying eye drops or eye mist before you go motorcycling.

S: What about computers?

L: Computers also involve staring and cause you to blink less. You need to take frequent breaks to rest your eyes, make sure there isn’t a vent blowing on you, and position yourself to look slightly down on the screen.

S: And finally, tell us what to do about menopausal dry eye?

L: The same as you would for hot flashes. Exercise, drink lots of water, try to stay in a cool place and wear layered clothing so you can cool yourself off.

S: Exercise reduces stress and stimulates your system but can also be dehydrating.

L: Yes. So maybe as you get into menopause, you want to do only moderate exercise. If you’re training for a marathon – and I’ve worked with Olympic athletes – you need to be very meticulous about hydration. If you’re a swimmer, you need to watch your chlorine exposure.

S: Thank you so much, Dr. Barber. My next guest is Rebekah Jones of Lake Mead National Recreation Area in Nevada, who is going to tell us more about Lake Mead and especially about an invasive mussel shell that’s been causing no end of problems there.

Sharon Kleyne Hour Power of Water is sponsored by Bio-Logic Aqua Research, whose Nature’s Tears EyeMist, a breakthrough hand-held personal all-natural water humidifying device for dry eye. Nature’s Tears EyeMist is available at http://www.BioLogicAqua.com, Amazon.com, drugstore.com and selected drugstores nationwide.

Listen to the Sharon Kleyne Hour Power of Water Mondays, 10 a.m., PST/PDT. The syndicated radio talk show is heard on Voice America/World Talk Radio, Green Talk Network and Apple iTunes. Go to http://www.SharonKleyneHour.com for written summaries and on-demand replays. Also visit http://www.naturestears.com, whatistheeye.wordpress.com, “Nature’s Tears EyeMist” on Facebook and “Bio-Logic Aqua” on Twitter.

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