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Press release - February 22, 2012

Sharon Kleyne Announces New Discoveries about Eye Dehydration and Environmental Causes of Dry Eye

Understanding Tear Film and Eye Hydration Could Prevent Dry Eye, Says Bio-Logic Aqua Research Founder

Hear the Sharon Kleyne Hour Power of Water on World Talk Radio, Voice America, Green Talk Network and Apple iTunes

According to Sharon Kleyne, Founder of Bio-Logic Aqua Research, Inc., understanding eye hydration and the eyes' all-important tear film and could help prevent dry eye disease. Especially important is the environment's role as a cause of dry eye.

Sharon Kleyne defines "eye dehydration" as the loss of the eye's natural tear film water content. "Eye Hydration," is defines as the replacement of lost tear film water (the tear film is 99% water). Adequate tear film water is essential to the healthy functioning of not only the eyes (and every other part of the body, and all life on Earth).

Eye dehydration and tear film water loss can weaken resistance to bacterial and viral invasion, impair visual functioning and lead to numerous eye diseases and conditions. Dehydration related eye conditions include itching and/or burning eyes, blurred vision, transient dry eye syndrome, severe dry eye syndrome, corneal ulceration, glaucoma, computer eye strain, eye allergies, eye cancers and more.

In the past 20 years, according to Sharon Kleyne, the incidence of eye dehydration and dry eye has dramatically increased and is becoming a global health crisis. Much of the increase, Mrs. Kleyne notes, can be attributed to environmental factors.

Environmental factors that could dehydrate the eyes and tear film could include:

Indoor conditions such as forced-air heating and cooling and insulated walls and windows. According to Sharon Kleyne, technologically advanced indoor climate controls began as an effort to increase heating and cooling efficiency. However, fresh air from the outdoors (unless heavily polluted), is usually far healthier for eyes, skin, breathing passages and lungs. Indoor chemicals such as cleaning fluids also dehydrating to the eyes.

Car and truck passenger compartments are extremely dehydrating to eyes. The same is true of jet airliner cabins, where airborne bacteria are re-circulated, conditions are almost always crowded and the humidity could be as low as 3%.

Lifestyle choices and personal habits that could contribute to eye dehydration include wearing contact lenses, prolonged computer use, participation in extreme sports (with lots of perspiration and exposure to heat and sun), caffeine and alcohol consumption, not drinking enough water, too much time spent indoors, cigarette smoking, medications, etc.

Exposure to smoke, dust, wind, extreme heat and cold and other outdoor conditions could also contribute to eye dehydration.

A major contributor is global climate change (whether human caused or a natural cyclical fluctuation) because the tear film obtains much of its water from the surrounding humidity in the air (it obtains the rest from the water you drink). . In many areas, the air in becoming dryer and the humidity lower. This lowers the potential for hydration from the air and increases tear film water evaporation.

Even where the air is not dry, the humidity could be contaminated by air pollution, creating dehydrating and unhealthy conditions.

Ways to hydrate your eyes:

Avoiding the high-risk situations described above. If you can't avoid them, take steps to counteract the drying effect (such as placing plants and/or dishes of water in a too-dry room or wearing sunglasses outdoors).

Be aware at all times of the condition of your eyes and skin.

Drink eight to ten glasses of water per day.

To create an instant envelope of clean, humid air around your eyes, apply an eye mist such as Nature's Tears EyeMist whenever you are in a high risk situation or you begin to feel dry eye symptoms.

Sharon Kleyne's popular radio talk show, Sharon Kleyne Hour Power of Water, is sponsored by Bio-Logic Aqua Research, whose Nature's Tears® EyeMist® is the only all-natural, all water eye mist that is patented and specifically configured to soothe dry eye symptoms and supplement tear film water. Nature's Tears® EyeMist® is available at www.BioLogicAqua.com, Amazon.com, drugstore.com and selected drugstores nationwide.

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 www.SharonKleyneHour.com for written summaries and on-demand replays. Also visit www.naturestears.com, whatistheeye.wordpress.com, "Nature's Tears EyeMist" on Facebook and "Bio-Logic Aqua" on Twitter.

© 2012 Bio-Logic Aqua Research (114)




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