Are Your Eyes Thirsty? For Millions, the Answer is Yes

Dry eye doctor discusses pros and cons of dry eye treatments available to help millions of sufferers.
By: Kathlene Carney/Carney & Associates
May 13, 2008 - PRLog -- Approximately 77 million Americans suffer from symptoms of dry eye and the number grows daily. For millions, dry eye is a chronic condition that can significantly impact the way they live and sleep.  Many experience symptoms such as irritation, burning and itching, and don't even realize the underlying cause is dry eye.

Causes of dry eye include contact lens use, computer use, allergies, medications, menopause, medical conditions such as Sjogren's syndrome and most commonly, normal aging.  Lasik surgery can also cause dry eye, in fact recent hearings revealed this side effect may be much more prevalent than previously believed.

There's no cure for dry eye, only treatments.  What works and what doesn't? Robert Latkany, MD, author of The Dry Eye Remedy (Hatherleigh Press)  discusses the pros and cons of artificial tears, supplements, ointments, punctal plugs, Restasis™, and the groundbreaking Tranquileyes Eye Hydrating Therapy . Tranquileyes is a new, proven method for naturally relieving symptoms of dry eyes, and is found in some of the most prestigious medical institutions in the country including the Mayo Clinic in MN.
Tranquileyes provides immediate and long lasting relief from dry, irritated eyes.  Unlike other treatments, tranquileyes naturally restores moisture by increasing humidity around the eye, which prevents the evaporation of natural tears.  The increased humidity also improves overall eye health by thickening the lipid layer, thereby restoring your eyes’ defense against evaporation and leaving them feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.

Treating eye dryness is not only important for your comfort and vision, but also for your eyes' health. Besides lubricating the eye, the tear film helps fight infection, provides nourishment, and creates a smooth surface on the cornea, keeping your vision clear.  Left untreated, the cornea can become damaged, which can lead to pain, blurred vision, and even blindness.

Dr. Latkany is a board certified ophthalmologist, the founder and director of the Dry Eye Clinic at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary as well as the Dry Eye Center of New York.  A graduate of Columbia University and the Boston University School of Medicine, he now lives and practices in New York City, were he is actively involved in dry eye research.

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