Updated: July 20, 2017
National Women’s Health Resource Center Declares July as Dry Eye Awareness Month.
With more than 40 Million American affected by dry eye, National Women’s Health Resource Center (NWHRC) has declared July as Dry Eye Disease Awareness Month as part of the campaign to raise awareness of the disease.
What is Dry Eye?
There are 2 types of Dry Eye. You may fall into one camp or the other.
- Aqueous tear-deficient (ATD) – is a disorder in which the lacrimal glands fail to produce enough of the watery component of tears to maintain a healthy eye surface. This can be diagnosed by measuring tear volume and production.
- Evaporative dry eye (EDE) – This is the most common one. It’s the result from inflammation of the meibomian glands, also located in the eyelids. These glands make the lipid or oily part of tears that slows evaporation and keeps the tears stable.
Dry eye can be a progressive disease and, if left untreated, chronic dry eye can lead to more serious problems.
Dry eye can be associated with:
• inflammation of the surface of the eye, the lacrimal gland, or the conjunctiva;
• any disease process that alters the components of the tears;
• an increase in the surface of the eye, as in thyroid disease when the eye protrudes forward;
• cosmetic surgery, if the eyelids are opened too widely.
What are the causes of Dry Eye?
Dry Eye is a medical condition that is primarily caused by deterioration of ocular glands that are responsible for tears and oils. Among other causes, a decrease in gland function can be due to bacteria and Demodex mite infestation.
How do I know if I have Dry Eye?
Dry eye symptoms may include itching, irritation, light sensitivity, blurred vision, dryness, and foreign body sensation. Those suffering from dry eye may have trouble with reading, professional work, driving at night and using a computer.
A natural help for dry eye?
The first line of defense for dry eye is good ocular hygiene. When it’s not enough, there is a natural way to help. Tear deficiency can be traced back to androgens, blink reflex and, as more recent reports have shown, to Demodex mites.
Cliradex is a natural eyelid and facial cleanser. Using a proprietary solution based on 4-Terpineol, the most important ingredient found in tea tree oil, Cliradex wipes help relieve symptoms associated with Dry Eye. It’s because 4-Terpineol has anti-inflammatory, miticidal and anti-fungal properties.