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Treating Nighttime Dry Eye

At Eye Eco we’ve been talking about what we think might be the most neglected topic in today’s dry eye conversation and that is Nighttime Dry Eye. Nighttime Dry Eye can have several causes including Nocturnal Lagophthalmos, Compromised Lid Seal, Sleep Apnea, Floppy Eye and Aqueous Deficient Dry Eye.

When it comes to treating Nighttime Dry Eye there are a few options. Some of the most recommended treatments have been around for ages. There is one option that is natural, innovative and proven that we think your patients will appreciate.

Here are some of the most frequently recommended treatment options for patients with nighttime dry eye:

Taping the Lids Shut – Use a small piece of tape and tape the upper and lower lids together. The tape is placed on the lower half of the upper eyelid and on the skin under the eye area to help the eyelids create a seal. Everyone has tape, but for many sleeping with tape on the face isn’t comfortable and sometimes it comes off. It can also be annoying when a person puts the tape on and then realizes there’s something they need to do before bed or if they need to get up for the bathroom in the middle of the night.

Weights – Weights are surgically inserted into the eyelids. With the extra weight gravity can help the lids close all the way. Many patients would prefer trying other options before resorting to surgery.

Ointments – Each night before bed an ointment is applied to help keep the eyes lubricated. Besides getting ointment on pillows, the process can also be annoying when needing to do something before dozing off since it can temporarily blur the patient’s vision. For some, the ointment doesn’t last through the night and they may still wake with dry eyes.

Hydrating Nighttime Mask – Simply place a specialty mask over the eyes. The mask not only seals in moisture to help keep eyes lubricated, it also protects eyes from the surrounding environment including air leaks from a CPAP mask.

Which one do we believe is the best choice?

The Eyeseals 4.0 Hydrating Sleep Mask

We believe the hydrating nighttime mask is the best choice for a number of reasons:

It’s easy to put on, take off, and put on again. It’s a modern, all natural treatment that doesn’t involve taping your eyelids or surgery. Pillows stay clean. And, the effects are immediate and long lasting. A well fitting nighttime mask is comfortable and many doctors appreciate that they can recommend it along with other products to enhance the lubricating effects for severe nighttime dry eye patients.

At Eye Eco our hydrating nighttime masks can help patients who experience nighttime dry eye. They come in several colors including clear. Our clear masks are perfect for patients who use a CPAP machine, experience claustrophobia, or who want to wake up to light shining in the morning. Other colors provide a blackout effect; which is perfect for those with lagophthalmos, compromised lid seal, or anyone who does not want to wake up to light shining in the mornings.

Eyeseals™ & Eyeseals™ 4.0

These masks are hypoallergenic, latex-free, BPA-free and made in the USA. We recommend spritzing each eye chamber with one of our Tranquileyes Waters to enhance the hydrating effect. Also available are EyeSeals™ specifically designed for use with a CPAP mask.
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Eye Eco offers a range of nighttime masks that protect eyes from the environment or air leaks from a CPAP mask, and hold in moisture to promote better sleep and eye health, see all of Eye Eco’s nighttime dry eye products, click here.

If you would like to speak to someone at Eye Eco about our products please call (888) 730-7999 or email customerservice1@eyeeco.com.

Interested in more information about nighttime dry eye. Read our articles: The Most Neglected Topic in Today’s Dry Eye Conversation, and Top 3 Tips for Diagnosing Nighttime Dry Eye (including an Amazingly Simple Way to Diagnose Microlagophthalmos)

The Most Neglected Topic in Today’s Dry Eye Conversation

The Most Neglected Topic in Today’s Dry Eye Conversation: Nighttime Dry Eye

Most people don’t think about their eye health when they think about sleep. Probably because for most of us it’s the only time of the day that we don’t use our eyes. But, for a surprising number of adults, nighttime might be the time of day that their eyes need the most help.

At Eye Eco we are plugged in to the dry eye conversation. One thing that we don’t think gets near enough attention is Nighttime Dry Eye.

What Causes Nighttime Dry Eye?

There are several causes of nighttime dry eye including Nocturnal Lagophthalmos, Compromised Lid Seal, Sleep Apnea, Floppy Eye and Aqueous Deficient Dry Eye.

Nocturnal Lagophthalmos occurs when the eyelid does not close all the way during sleep. It’s easy to see how slightly open eyes can lead to dry eye just because of evaporation. But, impartial lid closure can also prevent natural tears from spreading properly. Diagnosis of this condition is important since Lagophthalmos patients are also more likely to experience recurrent corneal erosions.

Compromised Lid Seal was first reported in 2015, and in a recent study was found to affect 79% of all dry eye patients. Compromised Lid Seal occurs when the upper and lower lids do not create a perfect seal. Perhaps the lower lid is a bit thicker that the upper lid and so sticks out farther, similar to an underbite.

Sleep Apnea is a condition in which breathing stops and starts throughout sleep. It can lead to nighttime dry eye in a couple different ways. First, sleep apnea leads to a lack of oxygenation of the optic nerve head during sleep. Second, a common treatment for sleep apnea is the use of a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) mask that covers the nose and mouth. The mask is very effective for treating sleep apnea, but often does not create a perfect seal. If the air leaks are near the eyes, then dry eye is a likely result.

Floppy Eye Syndrome is more rare than the other causes we mentioned. It occurs when there is extensive lid laxity. For some, the eyelids can “flip over” during sleep from rubbing against the pillow. It can lead to tear film abnormality and dry eyes.

Aqueous Deficient Dry Eye was long thought to be the leading cause of dry eye, and although that has been debunked – Meibomian Gland Dysfunction is now considered the leading cause of dry eye – there are still millions of people affected. Aqueous deficient dry eye is caused by decreased tear production.

How many people experience nighttime dry eye?

Let’s take a look at the numbers:

  • Lagophthalmos can be found in anywhere from 4% all the way up to 20% of the population1
  • Compromised Lid Seal is found in 79% of all dry eye patients2(14% of people are dry eye patients3)
  • Research suggests that sleep apnea affects 22 million adults in the United States4
  • Aqueous Deficient Dry Eye occurs in Sjögren’s Patients of which there are over 4 million in the United States5

So…

At least 27 million adults in the United States have a cause that can lead to nighttime dry eye. (Learn how we got this number.)

At most 118+ million adults in the United States have a cause that can lead to nighttime dry eye. (Learn how we got this number.)

Since these conditions can overlap the answer to how many people have nighttime dry eye is likely somewhere between those two numbers. Which means that for a surprising number of adults, nighttime is probably the time of day that their eyes need the most help.

Helping Nighttime Dry Eye Patients

If your patients experience Nighttime Dry Eye there is an easy fix. Eye Eco offers a range of nighttime masks that protect eyes from the environment, or air leaks from a CPAP mask, and hold in moisture to promote better sleep and eye health.

Learn More about Eyeseals™

 

Stay tuned! Next week we will be sharing a pro tip: One Amazingly Simple Way To Diagnose Microlagophthalmos.


References

1. Tsai SH, Yeh SI, Chen LJ, et al. Noctural Lagophthalmos. Int J Gerontol. 2009 Jun;3(2):89-95.

2. Donald R Korb, Caroline A Blackie, Amy C. Nau; Prevalence of Compromised Lid Seal in Symptomatic Refractory Dry Eye Patients and Asymptomatic Patients. Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 2017;58(8):2696.

3. G. Foulks, M. Lemp, J. Jester, J. Sutphin, J. Murube, and G. Novack, “Report of the international dry eye workshop,” Ocul. Surf. 5, 65–203 (2007).

4. Sleep apnea. American Sleep Apnea Association website. www.sleepapnea.org/i-am-a-health-care-professional.html. Accessed September 19, 2018.

5. Sjögren’s Fact Sheet. Sjögren’s Syndrome Foundation. https://cdn2.hubspot.net/hubfs/147789/2018%20World%20Sjogrens%20fact%20sheet.pdf Accessed September 19, 2018

What Eye Eco Products Do The Experts Recommend?

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We are very fortunate to work with caring and hardworking doctors who help people everyday. Over the last month we’ve featured some of the top dry eye doctors from across the nation in our emails and on our blog.

We shared stories about how these doctors were able to help patients find relief from their dry eyes. Our favorite story was from Dr. Selina McGee of Precision Vision Edmond in Edmond, OK, about an artist who was able to pick up her paintbrush again after finding a treatment plan that worked for her. Read the article: Dry Eye Doctors Changing Lives.

Then we shared top tips from dry eye experts on managing dry eye. Read the article, Managing Dry Eye: Tips from the Experts.

Lastly, we wanted to share about the incredible work these doctors do and, hopefully, encourage people who haven’t been to a dry eye doctor lately to schedule an appointment. Read the article, Diagnosing Dry Eye: It’s Different Now.

In our correspondence with these doctors we were excited to see that they recommend Eye Eco products to their own patients!

To celebrate we’re offering 15% off with the promo code GOODSTUFF until September 15th!

Here are the some of the Eye Eco products that were most recommended:

Tea Tree Eyelid and Facial Cleanser™

These daily cleansers were the most mentioned Eye Eco product by these dry eye experts. The cleansers gently remove all dirt and make-up while deeply hydrating the skin.

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Eyeseals™

This nighttime shelter can help you wake up without dry eyes. The overnight treatment helps create a moisture rich space over the eyes to hydrate eyelids and preserve tears.

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Tranquileyes®

These sets provide moist-heat treatments and can be used to help prevent dry eye or to quickly relieve dry eyes.

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D.E.R.M.™

D.E.R.M.™ stands for Dry Eye Relief Mask and eye care professionals use it to provide treatments for mild dry eye.

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If you experience dry eye consider trying Eye Eco products. All of our products have been designed to relieve dry eyes and are doctor recommended. All products come with a guarantee, and if you’re not sure which product is the best option to help you experience dry eye relief, our fantastic customer service team can help guide your decision.

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Thanks again to the dry eye doctors who contributed to our articles! And thanks to dry eye doctors around the world for the amazing work you do!

 

Diagnosing Dry Eye: It’s Different Now

Millions of people around the world experience dry eye and although it’s been around for thousands of years, recent research has multiplied our understanding of dry eye and its causes, treatments, and diagnosis.

A look at how things have changed:

Dry Eye In the Past Today
Causes Dry eye is caused by a lack of tears. Dry eye can be caused by several things, including a lack of tears, but is way more likely to be caused by Meibomian Gland Dysfunction.
Treatment Eye Drops! Individualized combination treatment that may include eye drops, warm compresses, Omega 3 supplements, punctal plugs, hydrating eyewear, sleep masks and more.

Many people have lived with dry eye for years before finding treatment that works for them, but often they do find relief. Since dry eye can have so many causes, an accurate diagnosis is integral to developing a treatment plan that will work.

We asked dry eye doctors to share how they diagnose dry eye and we were impressed by the answers they gave us.

Dr. Crystal Brimer founded The Dry Eye Institute to help doctors create their own diagnostic and treatment protocol. She explained, “I start by looking for debris in the lashes, and then at the profile, thickness, and texture of the lid. I proceed to the tear film, cornea and conjunctiva and listen to what it shows me. Next, I use very advanced equipment to analyze elements of tear film that I can’t see with the slit lamp.

“To inspire compliance, I walk my patients through each of the diagnosis using their own pictures and videos.”

She continued, “I then print the Crystal Tear Report from the Oculus 5M Keratograph and show them their disease status and explain the treatment options. Ultimately, I break it down to the underlying categories that can contribute to their overall ocular surface disease and treat them individually, but simultaneously.”

Dr. Selina R. McGee at Precision Vision Edmond in Edmond, OK, said, ‘We use a questionnaire, then ask more questions, “How do your eyes feel, do they itch, water, burn?  Do you put drops in or feel like you should? Do they help?’”

Other tests she uses include Tear Lab Osmolarity, Lissamine Green and NaFl staining, as well as utilizing meibography, NITBUT, and measuring tear prism.

“I educate my patients that when everything is functioning on the front surface we should take our eyes for granted, meaning if they are aware of their eyes, we need to do more digging and find out why.”

Dr. Jerry L. Robben at Bowden Eye & Associates and Dry Eye University in Jacksonville, FL said, “Dry Eye is very complex, so we use many proven diagnostics to help us identify it early and monitor it for change. We use a SPEED questionnaire, TearLab, Inflammadry, Lipiview II, Dynamic Scatter, Meibomian Gland Evaluation and Scores, along with traditional dry eye slit lamp exams.”

Dr. Katie Schaller at SSM Health in Portage, WI said, “Patient symptom questionnaires are very helpful to identify dry eye patients.  I bring patients back for a dry eye exam and obtain measurements for dry eye using the Oculus keratograph.”

Between questionnaires, conversations with patients, eye exams, osmolarity tests, meibography, tear film analysis, corneal examinations and tests, and more; eye doctors have a myriad of tools that they can use to accurately diagnose dry eye. And, it’s working. More and more people are finding relief from their dry eye.

With all the information and an analysis needed it’s easy to understand why it’s important to see an eye care professional who specializes in dry eye in order to find relief.


Are You Looking for a Dry Eye Specialist?

Use our website to find a local supplier of Eye Eco products:
Find A Dry Eye Specialist


Honoring Dry Eye Doctors

Do you specialize in dry eye? If you do and you would like to be featured by Eye Eco please contact us! We would love to hear from you about your experiences treating dry eye. Please email us at CustomerService1@EyeEco.com.

We plan to honor dry eye doctors that are busy diagnosing and treating dry eye patients every day. Do you know any great dry eye doctors who have stories we can share? Please have them contact us at CustomerService1@EyeEco.com.

Managing Dry Eye – Tips From the Experts

Dr. Jerry Robben at Dry Eye University teaching about meibomian gland evaluation.

At Eye Eco we are fortunate to be able to talk with dry eye doctors from across the country about their profession. Dry eye doctors are diagnosing people with dry eye and determining the treatment options that work best for them every day. And, we are proud to serve so many of these caring and hardworking professionals.

Dry eyes can have a huge impact on day to day life for some people. Luckily, dry eye doctors know more than ever about treatment options and many people are now able to find relief. (Last month we shared about some outstanding dry eye doctors: Dry Eye Doctors Changing Lives.)

Today we are sharing recommendations from the experts. We asked them…

What are three things you recommend patients with chronic dry eye do to improve their comfort at home or at work?

Here’s what the dry eye experts had to say:

“The average person blinks approximately 15 times per minute. With computer use, that number decreases to 3-4 times per minute. Follow the 20-20-20 rule. Every 20 minutes, look 20 feet away for 20 seconds. Simply remembering to blink can help with dry eyes.

Adequate water intake is critical to provide a pristine tear film since poor hydration can cause dry eyes. Drinking water helps keep the eyes sufficiently hydrated and may improve the quality of the tear film. Tears are important to protect and lubricate the eyes. Tears wash away foreign objects and reduce the risk of eye infections. A poor tear film can also affect and cause decreased or fluctuating vision. An adequate tear film keeps the surface of the eyes clear and smooth, thus improving vision.

Lubrication with prescription eyedrops, preservative-free artificial tears, higher viscosity preservative-free artificial tears, lubricant ointment and moisture release daytime or nighttime eyewear can all moisten eyes and prevent dry eye.

Wearing sunglasses outdoors protect the eyes against damaging rays of the sun, harsh wind conditions and poor air quality. Wraparound sunglasses are especially beneficial.”

– Dr. Melissa Barnett in Sacramento, CA


“Most patients have issues with inflammation and meibomian gland disease, so I recommend treatments specific to that, such as Tranquileyes XL mask once a day and PRN omega 3’s. I also find that many people have lagophthalmos and the Eye Seals works wonders for that!”

– Dr. Crystal Brimer is the owner of Focus Eye Care in Wilmington, NC, and is the founder of The Dry Eye Institute


“EyeEco Derm mask, the gentle EyeEco Lid Wash with tea tree, blink exercises.  I write a lot of prescription medications as well, and prescribe the TrueTear”

– Dr. Selina R. McGee at Precision Vision Edmond in Edmond, OK


“In our clinics we recommend for all patients to exercise some preventative treatment, even if they do not have dry eye disease. For all patients we advise them to start warm compresses with a DERM mask. Do Lids scrubs with the Eye-eco gentle scrub and to use Hydroeye vitamins and Oasis or Retain tears. Once a patient truly has the disease we then customize our approach beyond that treatment.”

– Dr. Jerry L. Robben at Bowden Eye & Associates in Jacksonville, FL


“The top three things I recommend are Omega 3 supplements, prescription or over the counter eye drops, and warm compresses. But, dry eye treatment is a journey. There are many available treatment options and different treatment options work for different patients. Often combination therapy is required. Successful dry eye treatment results when the doctor and patient work together to find the best solution.”

– Dr. Katie Schaller at SSM Health in Portage, WI

 

Thank you dry eye doctors! These tips are great for anyone who experiences dry eye, but there is no substitute for visiting your eye doctor. If your eyes have felt strained, dry or uncomfortable then you should schedule an appointment.


Are You Looking for a Dry Eye Specialist?

Use our website to find a local supplier of Eye Eco products:
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Honoring Dry Eye Doctors

Do you specialize in dry eye? If you do and you would like to be featured by Eye Eco please contact us! We would love to hear from you about your experiences treating dry eye. Please email us at CustomerService1@EyeEco.com.

We plan to honor dry eye doctors that are busy diagnosing and treating dry eye patients every day. Do you know any great dry eye doctors who have stories we can share? Please have them contact us at CustomerService1@EyeEco.com.

Dry Eye Doctors Changing Lives

Since 2003, Eye Eco has been dedicated to bringing you natural home treatments for immediate and long-term dry eye relief. Which means we have been doing this for 15 years!

Over the years, we have been honored to have many dry eye patients share their journey in finding relief. (Last month we shared some of their stories. You can find them on our blog: The Human Side of Dry Eye.)

Also in that time, we have had the privilege of working with some amazing eye care professionals. We often reach out to them to hear what they have to say about dry eye, dry eye treatment, and the patients they see.

We asked some of the best dry eye professionals across the country to share their stories about treating patients with dry eye. Here are some of our favorite responses:

“The standout [story] is an artist that had given up her craft because she was suffering with dryness and could no longer see. She had been to 2-3 doctors before finally making her way to me. After months of treatment with medications, punctal plugs, heat therapy and finally the TrueTear she has picked up her paintbrush again!”

– Dr. Selina R. McGee at Precision Vision Edmond in Edmond, OK

“A 58-year old female came in with swollen eyes, complaints of eye ache, and a sandy sensation. She felt the need to blink to see better and had difficulty reading small print. After a thorough examination management strategies included prescription eye drops, preservative free eye drops, lubricant ointment, frequent breaks on the computer, oral Omega fatty acids and moisture goggles at night. She was advised to avoid an overhead fan at night and direct air on the eyes. Fortunately with all of these strategies, she reported that her eyes are much more comfortable – without dryness, pain, nor ache. The sandy and swollen sensation was resolved and her vision improved.”

– Dr. Melissa Barnett in Sacramento, CA

“Too many stories to count! There are so many people with significant dry eye who are not getting the help that they need. Once they find their way to us, we have to work hard to reverse the damage caused by this disease. We are always expanding our knowledge. With that, plus perseverance and hard work with the patient, we can usually gain success.”

– Dr. Jerry L. Robben at Bowden Eye & Associates in Jacksonville, FL

Thanks to these amazing doctors and others around the world more and more people are able to experience relief from their dry eye. We greatly appreciate the work they do to help patients see and feel better. Thank you Dry Eye Doctors!


Honoring Dry Eye Doctors

Do you specialize in dry eye? If you do and you would like to be featured by Eye Eco please contact us! We would love to hear from you about your experiences treating dry eye. Please email us at CustomerService1@EyeEco.com.

This month we plan to honor the dry eye doctors that are busy diagnosing and treating dry eye patients every day. Do you know any great dry eye doctors who have stories we can share? Please have them contact us at CustomerService1@EyeEco.com.


Are You Looking for a Dry Eye Specialist?

Use our website to find a local supplier of Eye Eco products:
Find A Dry Eye Specialist

Feel Dry Eye Relief & Save Money – Sale Ends July 31st!

July is Dry Eye Awareness Month and we’ve been spreading awareness in two ways. First, we shared stories from real people who have been on a dry eye journey to find relief. Second, we celebrated Dry Eye Awareness by having a sale!

Last Chance: 15% Off – Plus Free Shipping!

Right now all items on our website are 15% off. Plus, any order over $40 qualifies for free shipping. Use the promotional code ‘July18’.

At Eye Eco we believe in customer service and great products. Our products are thoughtfully developed, scientifically tested and proven to work. We are confident that we have something to help with your dry eyes.

The goggles and eye shields are are proudly made in Southern California.

All products come with a guarantee. And, if you’re not sure which product is the best option to help you experience dry eye relief, our fantastic customer service team can help guide your decision.

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Read These Dry Eye Stories

Darlene Schneck’s left eye negatively affected her life for over 5 years and she remembers thinking that it would never get better. Now, she says her eyes feel great.
Read Darlene’s Story
Sarah Davis had found a good management system for her dry eye problem only to have her dry eyes come back with a vengeance. It took some persistence, but she was able to find relief and get back to work.
Read Sarah’s Story
Since July 23rd is World Sjogren’s Day, we shared some stories that we have come across on the internet about the dry eye experiences of a couple people with Sjogren’s Syndrome.
Read the dry eye stories

Share Your Story

July is Dry Eye Awareness Month! Tell us your experience with dry eyes!

Did your doctor help you find a good solution or did you seek one out on your own? What treatments did you try that failed? What treatments helped you find relief?

We want to share these stories because we want people to know that dry eyes don’t have to be a part of their life. There are treatments out there and with a good dry eye doctor and some perseverance many people are able to find relief.

Please email us your story! Send emails to CUSTOMERSERVICE1@EYEECO.COM.

Share Your Story

World Sjögren’s Day

If you’ve read our recent blog posts you know that July is Dry Eye Awareness Month, but did you know that today is World Sjögren’s Day?

By Source, Fair use, Link

119 years ago today, Dr. Henrik Sjögren was born – and in 1933 he identified Sjögren’s Syndrome. The Swedish ophthalmologist’s discovery helped patients find answers to their health questions.

Sjögren’s Syndrome – a chronic autoimmune inflammatory disease in which people’s white blood cells attack their moisture-producing glands.

This month we’re sharing people’s stories about their dry eye journey to find relief. Today we want to share a couple stories we’ve come across online from Sjögren’s Syndrome patients.

Kensi on Amazon titled their review of our Onyix™ Silicone Hydrating Sleep Mask, Finally-no more dry eye!!! Here are some details from their journey:

“I suffer from Sjogren’s and these goggles have been an eye-saver. I sleep with them on and I actually wake-up with noticeable moisture in my eyes-which normally would never happen. My dry eye was so bad before using them, that often, I would have to use eye drops to even open my eyes. Additionally, they are comfortable and the black ones also block out the light. […]

I will be using these goggles every night for the rest of my life!”

Hudson on Amazon, was able to find relief using Eye Eco’s Tranquileyes® Travel and Sleep Kit. Hudson titled their review, Made All the Difference.” Here are some details from their journey:

“I have had Sjogrens for over 40 years now. These are a godsend. My eyes were so painful, I was unable to use Restasis on a regular basis. With Tranquileyes. my eyes are the best they’ve ever been.

You have to really press hard on the foam inserts at first to keep them in place. I use the same insterts every night for a couple of months at a time.”

On this World Sjögren’s Day we encourage you to check out our partners, The Sjögren’s Syndrome Foundation on Facebook.

In these reviews Kensi uses the  Onyix™ Silicone Hydrating Sleep Mask and Hudson uses the Tranquileyes® Travel and Sleep Kit.

Share Your Story

July is Dry Eye Awareness Month! Tell us your experience with dry eyes!

Did your doctor help you find a good solution or did you seek one out on your own? What treatments did you try that failed? What treatments helped you find relief?

We’d like to share more stories like Sarah’s because there are so many people that think their dry eye is a part of life that won’t go away. We want them to feel encouraged and inspired to seek a solution that provides relief and healing.

Please email us your story! Send emails to CUSTOMERSERVICE1@EYEECO.COM.

Share Your Story

Dry Eye Awareness Special

In celebration of you and Dry Eye Awareness month,
we are offering 15% off any purchase until July 31st!
AND
All orders over $40 qualify for FREE SHIPPING!

Please visit www.eyeeco.com and use promotional code ‘JULY18‘ or call us toll free at
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The Human Side of Dry Eye – Sarah’s Dry Eye Journey

July is Dry Eye Awareness Month. We’re spreading awareness by sharing stories from real people who have been on a dry eye journey to find relief.

Dry eye is a problem that affects over 30 million people in the United States alone. For some it’s an irritation, for others it’s a painful chronic condition that can have a big impact on their daily lives. The good news is that today we know more about dry eye, its causes, and treatment strategies. And, more than ever, eye care professionals are working together to address dry eye symptoms and diseases.

Today we want to share Eye Eco user Sarah Davis’s story:

For me, the dry eye condition began ten years ago. My eyes were in a lot of pain and my vision was deteriorating rapidly. My optometrist spotted the condition – I was classed at Stage 2 environmental keratitis due to incomplete eyelid closure – and we treated it successfully for a couple of years with a lanolin-free eye-gel for sleeping. My pain went away and my vision improved substantially.

Then, three or four years ago, I began to have increasing pain in my eyes. Over time, I found I was using my soft contact lenses as bandages for my corneas, since it was too painful to have my eyes open without some sort of shield or moisture supply. I work in graphics and art and weaving, and for a while there, either I couldn’t see well enough to work, or my corneas were in too much pain. Then, thanks to EyeEco, I began using TranquilEyes for sleeping every night, which helped tremendously. I tried OcuSoft lid scrub, but I reacted to it (as I did & still do to many topicals). Then I was referred to a dry-eye-specialist at Eye Associates of New Mexico, Dr. Kenneth Himmel, who has gotten my corneas back to healthy & happy. We began with a pair of punctal plugs, which helped (but not enough) and over the next few months we arrived at the best solution for me: two cauterized lower puncta and two plugged upper puncta. I have a bit of epiphora, but we decided that it was better to over-correct me than under-correct me. I continue to use TranquilEyes goggles at night for sleeping.

It turned out that during this whole time period, I had been developing Mast Cell Activation Syndrome, which likely was contributing substantially to the dry eye. As I’ve figured out how to manage the MCAS better, primarily through avoidance of dietary triggers, my corneas have gotten healthier.

Thanks to EyeEco and the help of a superb dry-eye specialist, I have my vision back, and my corneas are moist and happy. I’m once again able to do my work; I’ll attach a picture below.

All along this journey, I found it very helpful to read other people’s stories here at EyeEco. I was encouraged to discover that there are so many different causes of Dry Eye, and inspired to read that with some luck and persistence, a good many of us can find relief and healing.

Sarah
New Mexico

Sarah Davis shared this photo of her impressive weave work.

See more of Sarah’s work on her website, www.ajewelinspace.com

Sarah Davis uses EyeEco’s Tranquileyes® with sensitive skin foam

Tranquileyes® eye hydrating therapy is doctor-recommended and scientifically proven to relieve moderate dry eyes.

For overnight use, we recommend the TRANQUILEYES® TRAVEL AND SLEEP KIT

Learn More About Tranquileyes®

Share Your Story

July is Dry Eye Awareness Month! Tell us your experience with dry eyes!

Did your doctor help you find a good solution or did you seek one out on your own? What treatments did you try that failed? What treatments helped you find relief?

We’d like to share more stories like Sarah’s because there are so many people that think their dry eye is a part of life that won’t go away. We want them to feel encouraged and inspired to seek a solution that provides relief and healing.

Please email us your story! Send emails to CUSTOMERSERVICE1@EYEECO.COM.

Share Your Story

Dry Eye Awareness Special

In celebration of you and Dry Eye Awareness month,
we are offering 15% off any purchase until July 31st!
AND
All orders over $40 qualify for FREE SHIPPING!

Please visit www.eyeeco.com and use promotional code ‘JULY18‘ or call us toll free at
1.888.730.7999

SHOP NOW!

The Human Side of Dry Eye

July is Dry Eye Awareness Month. Dry Eye is a chronic and progressive disease that can be caused by any number of things.

Dry Eye used to be thought of as something that just simply happens the older we get; an unfortunate side effect of aging. And, for the longest time drops were thought to be the number one cure all.

Thankfully, in the last 15 years, research and science has blown that theory to bits. Now we know better. Now, we know that there are different types of dry eye and different treatments are needed to help people feel better and see clearly.

For many people, finding an adequate treatment for their dry eyes is a bit of journey.

This is Eye Eco user Darlene Schneck. She tried treatment after treatment with little success. It took her some time and some trial and error to discover the right combination to get relief from her dry eyes. This is Darlene’s dry eye journey:

For five years – 2011 through 2015, my left eye was blurry and dry. It felt gritty all the time, even at night. Both eyes tired easily, and by 9 am I couldn’t read or do computer work. It affected my life so negatively, since I am a photographer and graphic artist. It was discouraging, and I thought it would never get better.

I tried fish oil, heat compresses, a silicone sleep mask, OcuSoft Lid Scrub, and eye drops. Cliradex (for eye mites) was the first item that brought some relief, but it only took me so far. Nothing made the underlying problem completely go away until I started taking Physician Recommended Nutriceuticals Dry Eye Omega Benefits. This exceptionally pure fish oil is what my body needed.

Within weeks my vision started improving, and by a year’s time, it was almost normal again. More than two years later, my eyes feel great. This is a miracle for me. I now see perfectly out of both eyes 100% of the time, and I can drive 8 hours without a problem.

I’m 61 years old and I can work on the computer until 10 pm at night. My ophthalmologist is amazed. Everyone should give this product a try. It isn’t cheap, but the benefits are priceless.

To keep the eye mites at bay, the Advanced Tea Tree Cleanser is the only thing I use to clean my face after work each day. And I still use the Quartz Hydrating Sleep Mask and OcuSoft Lid Scrub for daily eye care and maintenance. All of this together makes my eyes (and me) so happy!!”

We want to share Darlene’s story because it is similar to other stories we’ve heard. Often there is not an easy fix for dry eyes, but if you try different treatments you can experience relief and, like Darlene, be so happy.

If you experience dry eyes, check out Eye Eco’s treatment options: visit EyeEco.com.

Share Your Story

This Dry Eye Awareness Month share about your experience with dry eyes!

Did your doctor help you find a good solution or did you seek one out on your own? What treatments did you try that failed? What treatments helped you find relief?

We’d like to share more stories like Darlene’s because there are so many people that think their dry eye is a part of life that won’t go away. We want them to know that with the right treatment there is relief.

Please email us your story! Send emails to CustomerService1@eyeeco.com.

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