The Functional Medicine Radio Show Podcast

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The Functional Radio Show, Dr. Travis Zigler, Podcast

Dry Eye Causes and Treatments: The Functional Medicine Radio Show

In this episode of The Functional Medicine Radio Show, Dr. Carri’s special guest Dr. Travis Zigler explains natural treatments for dry eyes.


Dry Eye Causes and Treatment @EyeLoveTheSun on @DrCarriD #Podcast! Check it out:

iTunes Link:

Resources Mentioned:

Book – Rethinking Dry Eye Treatment

Dr. Zigler’s website - Eye Love Cares Foundation

Dr. Zigler’s podcast – The Dry Eye Show

Facebook group – Dry Eye Syndrome Support Community

Green Smoothie Recipes

Book – Reclaim Your Energy and Feel Normal Again - Dr. Carri Drzyzga

Main Questions Asked:

  • What is dry eye disease?

  • What are the most common causes of dry eye?

  • What diet changes can help our eye health?

  • How quickly can people expect to see changes in their eye health after transforming to a plant based diet?

  • Does blue light hurt our eyes?

  • Do we get blue light from television screens?

  • Can people wear blue light blockers on top of prescription glasses?

  • Do prescription glasses made with blue light blocker coating impact melatonin production throughout the day?

  • What do you think of the f.lux program that people can use on their tablets, computers and phones?

  • Is there an underlying hormonal cause for dry eyes?

  • Can essential fatty acids be used to moisturize dry eyes?

Key Points made by Dr. Zigler:

  • Dry eye is considered a syndrome clinically, however, it is a symptom of an underlying inflammation of the body.
  • Focus on reducing the underlying causes of inflammation in the three parts of the eye – cornea, conjunctiva, and eyelids.
  • Pharmaceutical treatments for dry eye only reduce inflammation of the eye without getting to the root cause of the underlying disease.
  • It is important to switch to organic, non-GMO fruits and vegetables and focus on green leafy vegetables.
  • All meals are based around spinach and kale because they have a very high amount of lutein that helps with eye health by reducing inflammation.
  • It is recommended to focus on vegetables as the main dish and meat as condiments.
  • Add fruits, nuts, seeds and legumes to make a wholesome meal.
  • Avoiding milk is important, as it is inflammatory.
  • Other ingredients to avoid are sugar, canned foods, anything in a box and processed foods, which are highly inflammatory.
  • A basic recipe for a smoothie for two – one banana, three handfuls of spinach, a little bit of almond milk and water. You could add avocado, chia seeds, flax seeds and then some frozen fruits, like berries.
  • It takes about a week to see changes in eye health after transforming to a plant based diet, because switching from the modern diet will have a period of withdrawal symptoms, similar to quitting smoking or alcohol.
  • With the “Green Smoothie Challenge” after the initial withdrawal symptoms of detoxing in a week or two, one will start to see results and feel incredible in six months.
  • Day 1-7 is the “unbearable stage” with the challenge, where you will have more gas, poop more and feel awful, and you might hate the smoothies.
  • Day 7-14 of the challenge is called the “uncomfortable stage”, where you will not feel great but you will start to feel better.
  • Day 14-21 is the “unstoppable phase”, where you actually start to crave your green smoothie and feel worse if you stop because your body will start to miss the nutrients.
  • One could get addicted to artificial sweeteners as well as stevia in protein powders and end up with headaches and other problems.
  • It is important to hydrate well first thing in the morning with 16-32 ounces of water. This is called the “Hyper-hydration stage”, which boosts your metabolism by about 30% and puts the body in a feel-good state.
  • Drinking about 16 ounces of water before every meal helps jumpstart your digestive system by lubrication.
  • Using computers and smart devices we expose ourselves to blue light even at night, which keeps us awake longer and reduces deep sleep at night.
  • Shutting off electronics and wearing blue light blocking glasses two hours before bedtime will increase melatonin production to help you go to sleep faster and deeper into restorative REM sleep.
  • Blue light is emitted with any device that has a flat panel, including televisions.
  • People can install blue light filters on smart devices starting at 7 or 8pm so that your brain and body starts making enough melatonin as part of your sleep-wake cycle.
  • Prescription glasses can be made with 20-30% blue-light blockers and are sold on amazon and all the way to 100% blockers, which have orange lenses.
  • 100% blocking lenses change the color blue to grey.
  • Blue light blocker coating does not impact melatonin because it is still allowing 80% blue light to pass through to the eyes.
  • The long-term effect of blue light is macular degeneration.
  • It’s important to keep our eyelids clean to avoid blepharitis, or morning eye discharge due to inflammation of the eyelid from overgrowth of a normal bacteria.
  • You can use a hypochlorous acid solution to avoid overgrowth of bacteria in eyelids.
  • Hormonal imbalance plays a big role in dry eyes.
  • Essential fatty acids can be used in smoothies through the four staple foods – avocados, chia seeds, flax seeds, hemp seeds – to moisturize dry eyes.
  • Fish oils must be used only from pure, wild, GMP-certified, fulfilment and sustainable sources.
  • It is important to supplement with minerals and vitamins because most vegetables are now growing in depleted soils.
  • Grounding is the act of walking barefoot outdoors in the sand in order to neutralize and balance the body.
  • Using our devices and screens too close to our eyes can lead to short-sightedness.

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$80k To $500k: How Dr. Jenna Uses Tiny Facebook Groups To Sell Tons Of Product

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Freedom Fastlane Podcast, Dr. Jenna Zigler

Freedom Fast Lane with Ryan Moran

Ryan Daniel Moran chats with Dr. Jenna Zigler, who runs Eye Love, an eye care and sunglasses company, with her husband Dr. Travis Zigler They’ve scaled it quickly, with an awesome $500,000.00 revenue earned in December 2017 alone.


Show Notes

We wanted to share what Jenna learned along the way. We’ve summed it up in three actionable tips below:

Create an online community for product targeting. Trained optometrists, Jenna and Travis wanted to start selling their own products, instead of those from other companies. They listened to what their patients had to say about their eyes, and then launched a Facebook support group for dry eye syndrome.

Although that Facebook group started tiny, it has ballooned over the years to over 400,000 members! They now have a huge audience, from whom they can get product ideas and to whom they can advertise their new product offerings.

Focus on providing value to people. Jenna and Travis want to make people’s lives better. While they are delighted to be making a profit off the work they’re doing, they make products specifically to help people with vision issues.

There are millions of people with dry eye syndrome, which gives them a number of daily issues. Jenna and Travis are delighted that the products they make helps them manage this condition.

Find a way to tap into a giving mindset. It can be easy to approach business as a means to “take”, to get what one wants out of life.

But to sustain your passion for your work, you need to connect it to a giving mindset. By focusing on how you can make life better for others, you make your own life more meaningful.

Jenna’s and Travis’s giving mindsets stems from their passion to fight preventable blindness, which affects over 700 million people around the world. They make trips every year to help people with vision issues directly, and also contribute a portion of their profits to fight preventable blindness in South Carolina and Jamaica.

We hope you enjoyed hearing about Jenna’s experience as an entrepreneur!

Key Takeaways

  • Create an online community for product targeting
  • Focus on providing value to people, and
  • Find a way to tap into a giving mindset

Connect with Jenna

Learn more about Eye Love at

Connect with Ryan

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Business With Purpose Podcast

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Business With Purpose Podcast, Dr. Travis Zigler

Business with Purpose Podcast with Molly Stillman EP 84: Dr. Travis Zigler, Eye Love

Dr. Travis Zigler, the founder of Eye Love, an eye wellness company with a mission to end preventable blindness. Along with his wife, Jenna, they continue to work part time in optometry and build Eye Love with the goal of eventually opening free clinics in the US and abroad. This was an INCREDIBLE conversation and I can’t wait for you to hear it! Click Here to LISTEN NOW!

Eye Love’s long-term mission/vision

A portion of profits from Eye Love sales is donated to the Eye Love Cares Foundation and funds are then used to provide glasses, sunglasses, and eye exams for those who cannot afford to obtain proper eye care. In the future, the Foundation will be used to fund permanent free and low cost clinics in both the US and Jamaica, and it is our goal to also provide optometry scholarships for students who have an interest in eye care mission work.


Eye Love on Amazon

Subscribe to the Business with Purpose podcast (and I’d love it if you left a review** on iTunes!)


Travis’s favorite quote: “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” – Ghandi

Positive Productivity Podcast With Dr.Jenna Zigler

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Positive Productivity Podcast With Dr.Jenna Zigler

Episode: PP 310: Jenna Zigler, SeeOO of EyeLove

Jenna and her husband, Travis, are optometrists who realized they wanted to do more with their expertise. Click here to listen as Jenna shares their journey, mission, and vision for the future!


9:15 Jenna talks about the mission of EyeLove
11:00 The value of curing preventable blindness
21:15 Jenna’s vision for the next five years
22:52 Income vs. Income – words of advice

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