Water Life Science® Creator Kleyne Says Air Temperature & Humidity Cause Dry Eye . Water Researcher Sharon Kleyne Explains Winter Dry Eye.
Dry eye disease afflicts billions of people worldwide every year. Dry eye runs rampant in every season, but it is especially virulent in winter. In the U.S., dry eye is the number one reason for eye doctor visits and doctors see an increase in dry eye patients every winter.
According to international water researcher and creator of new water technology, Sharon Kleyne, education is the first important step in the prevention of winter dry eye. Air temperature and humidity, or atmospheric water vapor content, says Kleyne, are the most important environmental factors responsible for winter dry eye. Other significant factors include air pollution, wind chill and artificial indoor environments.
“Dry eye,” according to Kleyne, is the loss of a portion of the water content in the protective “basal tear film” covering the eye. The tear film is normally 99 percent water. Should this drop, dry eye symptoms such as blurred vision, itching and burning eyes, eye fatigue and headaches often occur.
Kleyne, 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®, notes that “environmental dry eye” or “evaporative dry eye,” resulting from external conditions is by far the most prevalent type of dry eye disease. Dry eye can also be caused by illness, medication, allergies, tear gland dysfunction, autoimmune or inflammatory disorders, age, hormonal flux, menopause, contact lenses and Lasik surgery.
Winter is dry eye season, Kleyne explains, because cooler air can’t hold as much atmospheric water vapor – also called “humidity” – as warmer air. The lower the air’s water vapor content, the greater the tendency of liquid water to evaporate into the atmosphere. This increased evaporative pressure, says Kleyne, affects lakes, puddles, lawns and the eye’s tear film. When the tear film loses water to evaporation, dry eye symptoms are often the result.
Wind, especially cold wind, increases evaporative pressure on the skin and tear film. According to Kleyne, wind blows away the thin layer of warm, moist air that usually forms at the surface of the skin, face and eyelids.
Kleyne, also the founder and director of Bio-Logic Aqua® Research Water Life Science®, says that air pollution increases the dehydrating effect of air on eyes no matter what the weather. Pollutants can dehydrate in two ways. First, they can be directly dehydrating to the ocular surface. Second, common airborne pollutants, such as carbon black and sulfur dioxide, tend to attract and accumulate the air’s water vapor molecules. The resulting water droplets, formed around pollution particles, often fall back to the ground without reaching the upper atmosphere’s cloud accumulation zone. That’s why large areas with air pollution tend to have dryer air and less rainfall.
Dry eye also increases in winter, according to Kleyne, because more time is spent indoors in rooms with insulated walls and windows and forced-air heating. Re-circulating the air can lower the humidity and increase airborne bacteria. Low humidity, dry wind and airborne bacteria are all dehydration and dry eye factors.
To avoid winter dry eye, Kleyne suggests keeping yourself warm and hydrated, bundling up and protecting skin and eyes from wind. If eyes are well hydrated, losing a small amount of water to evaporation is less likely to cause problems. Kleyne suggests drinking eight-to-ten glasses of water a day. Kleyne also knows that the simplest way to alleviate dry eye, dry eyelid and dry skin around the eye symptoms and restore tear film moisture is with 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, eyelids and skin around the eyes. 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 eyelids, eyes and skin around the eyes in a patented micron-size mist from a personal, portable hand-held humidifier.
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