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August 8, 2008

Ophthalmologist Describes Differences between Eye Misting and Eye Drops on Sharon Kleyne Hour Power of Water

Philip Paden, MD, talks with Sharon Kleyne about the Dry Eye Crisis, Eye Misting and Eye Moisture Supplementation

Hear Sharon Kleyne's interview with Philip Paden, MD on World Talk Radio, Voice America, Green Talk Network and Apple iTunes

Sharon Kleyne, host of the Sharon Kleyne Hour Power of Water syndicated radio talk show, interviewed Ophthalmologist Philip Paden, MD, regarding the global dry eye crisis, dry eye disease and all-natural, all-water eye misting (as opposed to eye drops). The interview may be heard on-demand on World Talk Radio, Voice America, Green Talk Network and Apple iTunes.

The Sharon Kleyne Hour Power of Water is vitally interested in the complex links between dry eye disease, dry skin, dry mouth, dry air, polluted humidity, climate change, dehydrating indoor and outdoor environments, all-natural all-water eye mist tear film supplementation, and the need to drink more water.

In response to a question from Sharon Kleyne, Dr. Paden observed that most people would rather be deaf or crippled than blind. However, even though the environment has changed drastically and far greater demands are made on the eyes, they are about the same as they were 100,000 years ago.

The changing demands are reflected in three areas:

  1. We live much longer than 100,000 years ago. Instead of living to 30 or 40, we typically live to 80 or 90 so our eyes are more likely to wear out. Problems with the cornea and retina often need to be repaired, and the delicate tears producing glands may begin to fail.

  2. We are subjected to city air, with its high ozone and particulate pollution, inversion layers, polluted humidity, etc., which are dehydrating and irritating to eyes.

  3. Indoor air, especially technologically controlled environments with forced-air heating and cooling, and insulated walls and windows, is also dehydrating and irritating.. With no fresh air from the outside, dust and bacteria are re-circulated, and humidity can get dangerously low, causing dry mouth and dry skin as well as dry eye.

According to Dr. Paden, dry eye symptoms are the most common medical complaint that eye doctors encounter. With dry eye rates rising worldwide, Dr. Paden stressed the importance of personal tear film moisture (water) supplementation for the eyes using an all-natural, all water eye mist. He notes that not matter what the cause of dry eye, symptoms all relate to insufficient natural water in the tear film and that other important tear film constituents, such as salt, growth hormone and antibodies, are usually present in adequate amounts.

Sharon Kleyne commented that formulated eye drops for dry eye usually contain a variety of formulated chemicals but very little pure, pH balanced water. She also observed that eye drops can be very difficult for some people, especially the elderly, to apply.

Dr. Paden recommends Nature's Tears EyeMist (sponsor of the Sharon Kleyne Hour Power of Water), an easy, quick and natural eye spray to replenish lost tear film moisture in dry eyes.

Sharon Kleyne asked Dr. Paden to explain the tear film. He stated that unlike a camera lens, which is made of polished glass, the eye's main light transmitter, the cornea, is made up of living tissue with cells and nerves. The cornea has no blood vessels or skin and is not naturally shiny. The shininess, which enabled the cornea to transmit images, comes from the microscopically thin tear film, which also provides oxygen in lieu of blood.

Physically, the tear film consists of a "mucin" layer that attaches the tear to the cornea, the mostly water "aqueous" layer, and the "lipid" layer, a single-molecule coating of oil that prevents the aqueous layer from evaporating.

Dr. Paden noted that in a healthy tear film, the lipid layer is not visible. However, in dry eye, the oil can be spread unevenly and appear clumpy. When this occurs, the oil doesn't prevent evaporation as effectively and doesn't transmit light as well.

Sharon Kleyne Hour Power of Water is sponsored by Bio-Logic Aqua Research, whose Nature's Tears® EyeMist®, a personal, all-natural hand-held water humidifying device for dry eye. Nature's Tears® EyeMist® is available at,, and selected drugstores nationwide. Dr. Paden is a consultant for Bio-Logic Aqua Research.

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 for written summaries and on-demand replays. Also visit,, "Nature's Tears EyeMist" on Facebook and "Bio-Logic Aqua" on Twitter.

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