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Eye "Love Stories"; Customer Testimonial's

Eye "Love Stories"; Customer Testimonial's 0

We love sharing stories from our customers.  Sandra Henning wrote us on May 14 to share her story!  

I previously purchased 3 bars of the Tea Tree Face Soap (as well as the Lid & Lash Cleanser), the BEST products I've used in a long, long time!  I'm writing to ask if I might get my next bar free, as stated on the label? Just a brief history:

I'm a 69-year old woman who began wearing contacts in my senior year of high school, and continued wearing contacts exclusively until 1996, when I decided to get radial keratotomy done. Uncorrected, my vision was 20/400. You can imagine my elation at being able to see clearly after the procedure! Alas, all good things must come to an end, LOL. Gradually, as I aged, the benefits diminished, and I inquired about the possibility of having laser done so that I might again enjoy perfect vision. They assured me that they could perform the procedure even after having RK done, but that the corneas would be so thin that this was "the end of the road," no further enhancements would be possible after this.

Somewhere around this time my face began flushing and stinging, and developed small pustules. When my Clinique products failed to remedy the problem, I finally went to a dermatologist, who confirmed my suspicion that I had rosacea. My work as a kitchen designer at Home Depot was adjacent to the lighting aisle, and it was HOT, as well as very stressful, and my condition persisted in spite of the prescriptions.

So, as time went by and my ability to focus when reading declined, I had to purchase cheap drugstore readers to function at work. Gradually I became aware that my eyes were CONSTANTLY watering, to the point where I was required to always have a Kleenex in both pants pockets, and a full box at my desk. People would occasionally inquire why I was crying, which was embarrrassing. I dismissed this condition as allergies as the malady continued to worsen. I contacted an opthmalmologist in despair in 2011, and was diagnosed with ocular rosacea as well as blepharitis. Over 4 office visits, and prescriptions of 20 mg doxycycline, Tobradex ointment, Lastacaft, and Naphcon, the condition appeared to improve slightly, then BAM!! A horrible relapse required me to schedule another visit, which revealed pus in the tear film, and a new prescription for Besivance, which I was told was "the strongest" and should alleviate my suffering, which it did, for a while.

I have suffered with constantly-watering eyes since about 2006, until I discovered your Facebook post, and your wonderful products. I've been wearing bifocals now for several years, and realized that it was way beyond time for new glasses and a thorough eye exam. This new doctor prescribed doxycycline again, but 50 mg this time, as well as advice to purchase only preservative-free eyedrops. SWEET VICTORY!!! My eyes have gradually stopped watering throughout the day, and my new progressive bifocal glasses are equipped with Transitions lenses so I don't have to worry about bright sunlight.

I'd like to thank Drs. Jenna and Travis for the excellent advice and wonderful, effective products that, together with a great ophthalmologist, have enabled me to finally beat this beast. I recently wore makeup again to a wedding, and experienced no ill effects. I am beyond happy, and wanted you to know how much you've helped.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

Sandra Henning 

 

If you too have had an amazing experience with our products and want to share your story, please send us an email to happy@eyelovethesun.com! We'd love to hear from you!  


One Love,

Drs. Jenna and Travis Zigler

Drs. Jenna and Travis Zigler

Community Spotlight: Mary Miyata, Founder and Director Children's AIDS Art Programme

Community Spotlight: Mary Miyata, Founder and Director Children's AIDS Art Programme 1

Community Spotlight 

Welcome to our community spotlight, where we introduce a member from our Dry Eye Community who is as passionate as we are about giving back!  

We want to introduce you to Mary Miyata. Mary is the founder of the Children’s Aids Art Programme (CAAP).  She left California in 2002 to follow her dream to Africa, where she has made a marked difference to the plight of countless AIDS infected/affected and abused orphans over the past five years.

Community Spotlight: Mary Miyata, Founder and Director Children's AIDS Art Programme

"South Africa is currently experiencing one of the most severe HIV epidemics in the world. In less than two decades, the infection rate has increased from 1% to 17% leaving a trail of infection, illness and buried loved one in its wake.

With over 800 deaths occurring in the country everyday, thousands of children are being destitute and alone, orphaned by illness that in most cases is already beginning to consume them as well. These children, often no more than infants, have lost not only the heads of their household, but also their sole providers of food and support. They wander homeless, plunged into poverty, often HIV+ themselves and suffering from a number of debilitating afflictions including rare types of tuberculosis, fetal alcohol syndrome, Down’s syndrome and epilepsy while also falling prey to rape and abuse on the unforgiving streets."  

Please visit the website, http://www.childrensaidsartprogramme.org/, to learn more about the organization, the wonderful therapy that art can provide, and how you can donate to this wonderful cause.  

One Love,

Dr. Travis Zigler, Eye Love

Dr. Travis Zigler

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Do You Wake Up With Dry, Irritated Eyes?

Do You Wake Up With Dry, Irritated Eyes? 0

Dr. Matthew Ward, Valley Eye Clinic

Dry, Irritated Eyes

One important question I always ask patients is: Are your eyes more dry in the morning or later in the evening?

Dry eye in the evening may seem more intuitive: Working on the computer, long hours, watching TV surfing the internet all result in decreased blink rates and frequencies, thus resulting in drier, more irritated eyes.

But what about if you wake up in the morning with red irritated eyes? One might think that after a full night of sleep your eyes should feel rested and NOT be red or irritated?

One of the most common causes for red dry eyes in the morning is nocturnal lagophthalmous (NL). With NL, the lids do not close all the way while sleeping, and thus a small white part of the eye may be visible and exposed to the air.  

I personally deal with this issue. My wife once took a picture of me sleeping on my back, and you could clearly see about ⅓ of the whites of my eye. Just think: If you’re sleeping with a ceiling fan or heater going in your room, that air is blowing across an exposed eye all night! The result is red irritated eyes in the morning.  

So what to do about it? There are many products available to create a chamber of sorts around the eye to prevent evaporation or buffering of the ocular surface.  Moisture chamber goggles, appropriately named, is one such product that when used, created a protective barrier around the eyes. Lubricating ointment can be placed in the eye beforehand as well to create a second protective barrier.

A great option to try before spending money on a mask, and a great way to see if YOU have NL, is to use a piece of Glad Press and Seal wrap. Note this is not just any Glad wrap, as it MUST be the Press and Seal type.  Wash your face before bed. The wrap will not stick to oily dirty skin. Cut out a square of the wrap and mold it to the contours of your face. One great option is to do just one eye at night.  See how your eyes feel compared to one another in the morning. If the eye that was covered feels and looks better than the eye that was not covered, you very well may suffer from NL, and a more permanent mask may be a good solution for you!

One Love,

Dr. Matthew Ward, Valley Eye Clinic

Matthew Ward, OD
Valley Eye Clinic
West Des Moines, IA
www.valleyeyeclinicdsm.com

 

 

Eye Love Excellence Award for January

Eye Love Excellence Award for January 0

Eye Love Excellence Award

Foundation Fighting Blindness

At Eye Love, we really enjoy highlighting the great work other companies are doing in this world. We can all agree that if we all gave a little more of our time, money, and resources, the world would be a better place! This month, we're featuring Foundation Fighting Blindness!

What they do

In 1971, little was known about the blinding retinal degenerative diseases and very little research was being done. This drove a passionate group of families to establish Foundation Fighting Blindness (FFB) to find treatments and cures for inherited retinal diseases that were affecting their loved ones.

Today, the foundation is the world’s leading private funder of retinal disease research. On an annual basis, Foundation Fighting Blindness and the Foundation’s Clinical Research Institute fund more than 100 research projects conducted by more than 150 research investigators at institutes, eye hospitals, and universities in the United States, Australia, England, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Italy, Israel, and Mexico.

That funding has been a driving force behind the progress toward cures, identification of more than 250 genes linked to retinal disease, and the launch of 20 clinical trials for potential treatments.

Mission

Their mission is to drive the research that would lead to preventions, treatments, and vision restoration for the degenerative retinal diseases such as macular degeneration, retinitis pigmentosa, Stargardt disease, and Usher syndrome that affect millions of people around the world.

How they started

In 1971, Foundation Fighting Blindness (FFB) was established as the Retinitis Pigmentosa Foundation (RP Foundation) under the leadership of Gordon and Llura Gund and Ben and Beverly Berman with the assistance of a passionate group of families all driven to find treatment for inherited retinal diseases that were affecting their loved ones.

In 1974, the Foundation established the first multi-disciplinary retinal disease research laboratory-the Berman-Gund Laboratory- at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary.

The RP Foundation became the Foundation Fighting Blindness (FFB) in 1995.

How to donate

There are numerous ways to join the fight of Foundation Fighting Blindness.

  • Donate one time through a registration online
  • Be a research partner and donate monthly
  • Donate through workplace charitable campaigns (either one-time gifts or through payroll deduction)
  • You can help by leaving a gift to the foundation in a will or trust
  • Donate appreciated stocks, bonds, or mutual funds
  • Participate in a 5K VisionWalk
  • Attend an event
  • National Corporate Partner
  • Be a volunteer to educate the community and help find a cure

We love their mission to drive the research to hopefully prevent, treat, and provide vision restoration for the degenerative retinal diseases! We feel this falls in line with Eye Love’s mission to End Preventable Blindness for those in need. Together we can make a difference! Congratulations to them for receiving our Eye Love Excellence Award for January! 

One Love,

Dr. Travis Zigler, Dr. Jenna Zigler, Eye Love

Drs. Jenna and Travis Zigler

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