Dry Eye - Dr. Zigler discusses signs, symptoms, treatment — dry eye disease
Regener-Eyes - NEXT GENERATION in Inflammation and Dry Eyes 6
Regener-Eyes information and how to possibly get it.
FROM THE COMPANY: REGENER-EYES®
NEXT GENERATION in Inflammation and Dry Eyes
The science of regenerative medicine focuses on stimulating the body's own natural ability to heal and regenerate. These therapies offer hope for patients suffering from the signs and symptoms of inflammation and injury. This results in a natural, non-surgical and long-lasting solution.
The Regener-Eyes® treatment was developed to help patients suffering from inflammation and dry eyes.
Regener-Eyes® is sterile, acellular, and is made from placental derived biomaterials. These biomaterials consist of nutrients such as proteins, cytokines and growth factors.
How it works
These nutrients act to stimulate the body's own natural ability to heal and regenerate.
• Cytokines help to reduce inflammation.
• Growth factors aid in healing and regeneration.
• Hyaluronic acid helps to lubricate and protect.
Regener-Eyes® contains naturally occurring growth factors, proteins, and anti-inflammatory cytokines such as VEGF, TGFβ1, TGFβ3, EGF, HC-HA/PTX-C.PTX-3 (Pentraxin 3), PDGF, ST2, bFGF, KGF, Collagen Types I, III, IV, V and GDF11.
Regener-Eyes® is prepared using our proprietary patented processes to ensure the safety, bioactivity, sterility, and preservation of the product.
The Regener-Eyes® Advantage
• Sterile and acellular (SAL 10 -6, without harmful irradiation)
• Non-steroidal and non-addictive
THE THREE STEPS TO HEALING
1. Remove the Inflammation
The anti-inflammatory cytokines communicate to your body and cells to reduce/remove your inflammation...beginning the healing process.
2. Reduce your Pain and Discomfort
As the inflammation reduces, your pain and discomfort will decrease, helping the body to return to homeostasis.
3. Healing and Regeneration
The growth factors are used as a fuel source to stimulate the body’s natural ability to heal and regenerate, just as mother nature intended.
Hey Dry Eye Syndrome Support Community and friends! What I wanted to go over today is the question that we got on the Facebook group, which was wanting a little bit more information on the Regener-Eyes drop. Regener-Eyes, for those who don’t know, is a new drop that just came out recently and was just FDA regulated and approved.
It has been studied at Johns Hopkins University and it uses placental-derived biomaterials. These biomaterials contain proteins, cytokines and growth factors. The placenta, as most of you know, is pretty much a filter that provides nutrients to the baby when it’s developing. Within the placenta, there are tons of stem cells and it is filled with nutrients. It is one of the best areas of nutrients that we know because it does provide these stem cells.
What we’re actually starting to see now is freezing or banking of babies’ placental tissue because we know in the future that this material may be valuable for their health care because we can take the stem cells and create anything we want out of them.
Regener-Eyes and Johns Hopkins have taken the nutrients from the placenta and put them into an eye drop which is intended to reduce inflammation. Most dry eye medications are now focused on reducing inflammation because we know that dry eye is inflammation of the surface of the eye.
The problem with drops that just reduce inflammation is that they don’t help the cells that are dying (such as your Meibomian glands and the cells that are on the surface of your eye, called goblet cells). Those are responsible for producing mucin in your eye. But with this drop, it actually has growth factors in it to aid in the healing and regeneration of these cells, allowing the eye to bring these cells back to life and get them back to their natural state of producing the mucin or the oils that need to be produced. The fact that it uses placental-derived biomaterial is the key with this drop.
Dr. Travis Zigler
NuSight Medical Releases New Dry Eye Treatment Device 6
Will The NuLids System Be The Answer For Your Dry Eye Disease?
For those with dry eye disease due to meibomian gland dysfunction (which is a whopping 85% of you!), finding reliable treatment options can be exhausting.
There are so many treatments out there and, unfortunately, you may need to use quite a few before finding relief. So, enter a new device and procedure for your dry eye arsenal...
How To Use The NuLids Device
What It Is And How It Works
At the American Optometric Association (AOA) meeting this month, NuSight Medical announced their release of the NuLids system. This system can be complementary to other procedures performed in your eye doctor's office, and the system is also meant to be taken home and used there.
In just 60 seconds per day (morning or evening use is fine), patients can find relief for their dry eyes. NuLids increases meibomian gland output by decapping and stimulating the glands responsible for oil production.
Once the scurf and biofilm is removed from the top of the glands, they are free to emit the oil they should.
Also, there's a gentle massaging motion to this procedure, which helps to increase positive blood flow to the area.
So far, no adverse events have been noted, including trauma to the conjunctiva and cornea (which sit right there next to the meibomian glands!)
Is It For You?
We'll let you be the judge, but in a study performed by the company, the NuLids system produced a 65% improvement in tear breakup time (TBUT) and an 81% improvement in meibomian gland oil secretions.
Nearly 95% of those surveyed post-treatment were satisfied with the product! This is promising, in my opinion, and is not a treatment to be overlooked.
How Do I Try It Out? What Is The Price Of NuLids System?
Although this is a relatively new device, the NuSight website indicates that a starter kit (including one hand piece, one NuLids charger, one NuLids Charger Cord, and a 30-day supply of NuLids Daily Disposable tips) is available. Click here to purchase.
Since it is new, many doctors may not be aware of the new technology, so make sure to let your doctor know that you'd love for them to have the product available. NuLids is likely not covered by insurance, but the price tag isn't too high to be attainable for those suffering from dry eyes.
I believe it is a great option for those patients with MGD and especially for those who have tried other avenues of treatment without much success.
If you have any other questions not answered above, the NuSight Website has a great FAQ page worth a read!
Have you heard of the NuLid system? Would you try it for your dry eyes?
Dr. Travis Zigler
SeeEO of Eye Love
National Glaucoma Awareness Week: Dry Eye Focus 0
National Glaucoma Awareness Week Focuses on Dry Eye Disease June 4-10
The International Glaucoma Association (IGA) is highlighting the high prevalence of dry eye disease during their Glaucoma Awareness Week this year. It is estimated that 50-60% of those with glaucoma suffer from dry eye disease as well, and this is an issue that needs to be brought to light.
Why Both Diseases?
There are a few reasons those with glaucoma may also suffer from dry eyes. First of all, glaucoma tends to strike the older population (those over 40, with those over 65 having a higher risk). This population is also well known to be at a higher risk of dry eyes due to hormonal shifts, eyelid changes causing lid laxity, and changes in the tear film with age.
Another big reason those with glaucoma often end up with dry eyes comes down to glaucoma treatments. Unfortunately, many of the eye drops used to lower eye pressure (and therefore treat glaucoma) are well known to cause red eyes and dryness. This is just a normal side effect of the medications, yet it can become problematic for many people. Eye drops are usually the first line of defense when treating glaucoma, but those who suffer debilitating dry eyes because of them may need to opt for other treatments.
What can be done about this?
Although there's not much that can be done regarding age and the risk for both glaucoma and dry eyes, there are plenty of ways that those with glaucoma can combat other risk factors for dryness. First of all, if you're using a glaucoma eye drop to lower your eye pressure, you may want to speak with your doctor about switching medications. However, an even better option may be to have laser glaucoma surgery performed which may eliminate the need for eye drops. Just like any eye surgery, there is still a risk of developing dry eyes but the risk is lower than using glaucoma eye drops.
Other things you can do to combat dryness go back to what we preach every day. Hydration and diet. First of all, if you're not drinking half your weight in ounces of water per day (75 ounces for a 150 pound person), that's goal number 1! Buy a nice glass or stainless steel water bottle, keep it with you to fill throughout the day, and drink at least 16 ounces every time you think about being thirsty or wanting a drink. It works! Next, really take a look at your diet. Are you someone who frequents the fast food drive through or eats meat for every meal? I challenge you to check out our Green Smoothie Challenge group on Facebook, take a look at some of the smoothie and salad charts we've prepared for you, and consider making small changes to your diet that can improve not only the health of your eyes, but your entire body as well.
As always, if you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask! Do you suffer from glaucoma as well as dry eyes? We'd love to hear about your experience!
Let me know how you've attempted to manage both diseases in the comments below.
Dr. Travis Zigler
SeeEO of Eye Love
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Testimonial from Theresa Auciello Shea 0
When did the trouble with your eye begin?
I had a fall and seizure at home 10 years ago and ended up at the hospital. They had to give me blood transfusions and medication to keep my body from rejecting the transfusions. I woke up the next day and I did not know then what happened I know I had severe eye pain, I now know it was a torn cornea. So, when I got out of the hospital which was 4 days later, I did go right to an eye doctor.
What conditions have you been diagnosed with?
The first eye doctor I had seen never said I had dry eye. She said I have an eye infection. Later I was told, still it was just eye infection or a stye. It was my fourth doctor who said he thought it was dry eye, from there I went to a specialist he was a leading Ophthalmology surgeon and by then I was just told to use eye drops but never told dry eye. I was a few years later when I was still having issue, I was then told it could be dry eye and that I needed more eye drops. Fast forward 8 doctors and many just kept telling me I had the wrong scripts for my glasses or not enough eye drops then I finally went to the office of Dr. Korb in Boston Mass where I was tested for 4 hours and told I have MGD.
What products have you used before Heyedrate or Eye Love, LLC Products?
Before I found the Dry Eye Syndrome Support Community on facebook, I had tried Coconut oil, Jojoba oil, Castor oil. You name it, if it was in the health store I tried it. Also, tried green tea, buttermilk, and then the list of eye drops, every name brand everything kind there is. Then this one last doctor gave me Avenova and It was a miracle first one in 8 years. Then when I was on the facebook page I found that your store had a similar product. I had to buy it then I had to buy more because people would ask me to use it. It not only helps with the eyes, the lids, and lashes, but also the face, any rash or pimples, etc.
What is your daily eye care routine?
My routine has changed in the 8 years that I have suffered, to the last year I have been on facebook and in the group and seen a good dry eye doctor. I have gone from using every eye lid scrub on the market to tearing corneas, almost monthly and doing eye drops every two hours and sleeping at night only two hours at a time. I did daily heated masks and massaging the eye lids and and a warm compress, just in the mean time, in searching for that one great eye drop and relief, and spending it at the doctors. I had no time for me, I barely had time to eat or sleep. I was just in a constant every 2 hrs, drops, masks, massage, compress, and the day would be over. Today, If I shower in the morning or at night, I put eye drops in my eyes to protect my eyes first. Water dries out my eyes, so before the shower I put some drops in (a light thera tears or a systane ointment works). I shower and come out and do my lid and lash and then I am good all day. If I go out I wear sunglasses and in a store or office I wear regular glasses and at home on the computer I wear glasses with blue block. If I am in the car and have to have heat or air on, I keep moisture goggles in there and sometimes will wear them under the sunglasses if I am not driving. If I am home and on the computer, I also have a humidifier running and when I go to bed at night I have one running in the bedroom. Once a day, maybe after about 8 hours though, I will do warm compress on my eyes as they will get dry, but not the every two hours like before. I can go eight hours and I will put in drops and do warm compresses.... followed by a cool. So basically, I use lid and lash daily, sometimes twice in the am and pm, but then I do warm compresses once daily, and eye drops total twice a day, not every two hours. But using lid and lash you are helping with the things and issues that can cause the main issues for dry eye sufferers, it helps with inflammation, and kills any bacteria so those two are the big problems and getting rid of that helps 100% in getting some relief. Sometimes that is all I need. It may be different for others, but for me it is what works. So I went from 24 hours of maintenance, to 2 hours a day of maintenance. I have my life back.
What Eye Love products do you use?
I have bought the glasses but ended up donating them to others who needed them more. I have bought the sunglasses but again someone had seen them and needed them more so I gave them to them. I buy the products because I know they are quality products but it seems others see the same thing and want mine. Right now, the only Eye Love product I use daily is Hypochlorous Acid Eyelid and Eyelash Spray. But, I have seen all the products that are carried and I believe they are all good quality so I do mention them to others. I plan on trying the Handmade Antibacterial Tea Tree Oil Face Soap, I have not found a better quality soap and also, the OMEGA-3 FOR EYE HEALTH, is the best combination I have seen for dry eye as it has the essentials in there along with the fish oils, it has important vitamins so it's a very rounded and good quality product that daily people with dry eye should take if they can. But my favorite product is the Eyelid and Eyelash spray as it is a great value its the modern product that has multiple uses, its powerful in the sense that it works and yet it's non irritating and gentle on the body and eyes and skin. I use it not just on the eyes and the lids, but I use it on my actual face. If you get a pimple or a rash those are inflammation of the skin and that is what this product does, it calms the inflammation. I also use it because the quality of it kills bacteria. I use it to clean my bruder mask, or heat mask and the goggles that I wear at night to kill any bacteria.
Happy to share my story,
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