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®.”

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Sun Protective Clothing

UV Sun Protective Clothing Can Save Your Life

Sharon Kleyne interview with Adam Perl (Higganum, CT), President of “Alex and Me,” UV sun protective clothing company. Sharon Kleyne Hour – Power of Water*, June 23, 2008.

Summer has arrived, and with it an increased emphasis on sun and sunburn protection. The first line of defense against the damaging effects of ultraviolet (UV) radiation from summer sun is the clothing you wear. Education, and intelligent choices about sun protective clothing, no matter what the season, could save your life.

In an age of global climate change and increasingly dry air, the dangers of skin and eye exposure to solar radiation (sunshine) are increasing and the need to protect yourself – every time you go in the sun – is also increasing. Solar radiation, especially Ultraviolet-B (UVB) radiation, can cause dry skin and dry eyes, damage the skin’s collagen to cause premature skin aging, and damage skin DNA to cause skin cancers such as basal cell carcinoma and malignant melanoma.

Sharon Kleyne, Host of the Sharon Kleyne Hour – Power of Water syndicated radio talk show, urges everyone to apply sunscreen every time you go in the sun, summer or winter (the lotion in sunscreen also helps skin retain water, further increasing resistance to UV radiation), and to purchase and wear sun protective clothing.

Sharon’s interview (paraphrased and abbreviated):

Sharon Kleyne: Today’s guest is Adam Perl, President of “Alex and Me,” a company specializing in the sale of sun protective clothing brands designed to protect skin from ultraviolet (UV) rays. Good morning, Adam. Tell us about “Alex and Me.”

Adam Perl: “Alex and Me” has been in business for eleven years. Alex is the child of the original owner and the original product line was for children.

S: How did you become interested in sun protective clothing?

A: We market clothing in Australia, where UV protection is critical because of ozone layer thinning. Children there are not allowed outdoors at recess without at least wearing a hat made of Ultraviolet Protective Fabric (UPF). Our first UPF product was a brand of children’s clothing for Australia. We now carry three dozen UPF brands, for adults and children. We sell a lot of outdoor recreation clothing, especially for the beach.

S: Teach us about UPF ratings for fabric.

A: There are two approaches to UV protection. Fabric can be chemically treated or the manufacturer can tighten the weave (thread count) and increase the thickness and density so less sunlight penetrates. With treated cotton, the embedded chemical lasts 20 to 30 washings. Synthetic fabrics are not usually treated.

S: Treated with what? Are the chemicals allergenic or dehydrating?

A: That’s a good question. As it happens, the protection in 90% of our products is based on weave. Originally, UPF clothing was very heavy and dark. Now it’s much lighter and brighter. Dark colors absorb more light and can get hot. Lighter colors reflect light and are cooler.

S: How do UPF fabrics differ from normal fabrics?

A: They aren’t noticeably different. And a tighter weave does not add value to the product. What does add value is the UPF label. Companies such as Columbia Outfitters and Patagonia are now starting to make UPF sportswear.

S: How much sun protection can fabrics offer?

A: A dry white t-shirt offers the same protection as sunscreen with an SPF (sun protection factor) of 10, which is moderate. A pair of blue denim jeans has an SPF of 1,700. Obviously, though, the jeans are hotter.

S: What is your most commonly purchased item?

A: Swim shirts, also called “rash guards.” They’re very light and look like surfer shirts. We also sell an enormous number of beach hats, with loose flaps over the neck and ears. We also have clothing for traveling, fishing, hiking, biking, gardening and other outdoor sports.

S: And your website?

A: http://www.alexandme.com.

S: Any final words?

A: Be proactive in the sun. Skin cancer from sun exposure may not show up for decades.

S: Thank you, Adam.

*Don’t miss the Sharon Kleyne Hour – Power of Water Mondays at 10 a.m. PST/PDT. The syndicated show may be heard on Voice America/World Talk Radio, Green Talk Radio and Apple iTunes. Go to www.SharonKleyneHour.com for summaries and replays of past shows.

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Sight Preservation in Children around the World

Guest: Eugene Helveston, M.D., (Bloomington, IN), Professor Emeritus of Ophthalmology at Indiana University and a staff member of ORBIS International

This is a paraphrased summary of an interview on the Sharon Kleyne Hour – Power of Water Internet radio talk show on World Talk Radio, Apple iTunes and Green Talk Network. Sharon Kleyne is an internationally recognized entrepreneur, water and health advocate, and Founder of Bio-Logic Aqua Research and Save a Child’s Life Foundation. To hear the complete show, go to http://www.SharonKleyneHour.com

Sharon Kleyn: Dr. Eugene Helveston is a retired Ophthalmology Professor at Indiana University Medical School. Since 2000, he has volunteered for ORBIS International, which conducts pediatric eye care screening, training and sight preservation programs in third world countries. Does ORBIS have programs in the US, Dr. Helveston?

Dr. Eugene Helveston: Only recruitment programs. We enlist eye care professionals to travel overseas to help reduce eye diseases such as dry eye and preventable blindness.

S: What is the status of eye care education and children’s sight preservation worldwide?

E: Most children are born with normal vision but immature eyes. Development takes place rapidly and naturally and parents usually don’t pay much attention. But things can go wrong very fast. Parents must be educated to detect eye health problems early, such as poor vision and dry eye.

S: What are the signals of good eyesight in newborns?

E: The cornea should be naturally clear, glistening and bright, with no mucus or mottled spots. The tear film should look normal, with no dry eye symptoms.

S: Explain about the tear film.

E: The tear film is the primary vehicle for moistening and light refraction and it maintains perfect eye clarity. It should contain sufficient natural water not look dry or mottled, which are symptoms of dry eye. Very few parents are aware of this.

S: What are other things to look for?

E: A white reflection appearing inside the eye, called a “cat’s eye.” This is the earliest sign of retinal blastoma and it infects one in 18,000 to 20,000 children. It not only causes blindness, it is lethal if not treated.

S: Are there dry eye or vision symptoms related to the skin around the eye?

E: Yes, especially in older children, toddlers and preschoolers. Parents should look for squinting and trouble seeing but may miss this because to the child, this is perfectly normal.

S: Yes, we interviewed Dr. Marguerite McDonald a few weeks ago, who said that she was nearly blind as a child but was able to compensate and it was two years before her parents noticed.

E: That’s common. I’ve often fitted children with glasses and had them tell me that they never noticed tree leaves before.

S: What should US parents look for?

E: Eyes should be symmetrical and moist, with no signs of dry eye or abnormality. They should focus within a few weeks and be able to follow a finger. The child should be aware of their environment. There should be no excessive tears, and no cataracts or tumors. Visual acuity should be checked fairly young.

S: Tell us more about ORBIS.

E: One-half of the world’s 160,000 ophthalmologists live in developed countries. The other half are in dire need of equipment, education and a more enlightened population. ORBIS has permanent staff in India, Viet Nam, Bangladesh, China and Ethiopia. We also operate the “Flying Eye Hospital,” a DC-10 airliner. In each country, we put together an educational and service sight preservation program to meet local needs needs.

S: What have you learned about eye care and dry eye China?

E: The natural incidence of nearsightedness in Chinese children is much higher than in the US – about 15%. This may be genetic, or it may be environmental or cultural.

S: Or it could be due to dry eye from dry air and extreme pollution. What do you do for ORBIS?

E: I set up standards of care, locate equipment, and select key doctors in target countries to train in modern sight preservation practice and diagnosis.

S: Is the US the most advanced country for eye care?

E: Without question.

S: Is increasing dry air and dry eye a factor in the third world countries?

E: It can be. In Nepal, for example, the elevation of many towns is over 10,000 feet, so air is naturally very dry and dry eye is common. Altitude and dry air can affect vision and accelerate childhood eye diseases.

S: One of my eye health recommendations is to drink sufficient natural water to prevent dry eye. Do you have any nutritional advice?

E: The majority of preventable blindness, which can be as much as 75% of all blindness, has to do with vitamin A deficiency. This is most common in sub-Saharan Africa, India and China.

S: What are some vitamin A foods?

E: Natural foods such as whole grain rice, fresh vegetables, whole wheat. Rubella vaccinations are also important. Folk remedies such as rubbing mud in the eyes should be avoided.

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