Archive for category 2011
Contact lenses, those handy-dandy little vision aids, make the difference for 28 million people between seeing clearly in all directions, or being confined to inconvenient and distorting eyeglasses or worse. With the many choices and technological advances available these days, contact lenses should continue to benefit millions of people who have less-than-perfect vision.
Here’s the catch: While a few contact lens users are able to wear their lenses for days or weeks at a time with no problem, such individuals are the exception. Many people can tolerate contact lenses only for short periods, and many cannot tolerate them at all. Even for those who tolerate them reasonably well, lenses frequently cause discomfort. This article will suggest a way to soothe much of the eye discomfort caused by contact lenses:
The amazing tear film
The main thing to know about contact lenses is that they float on the surface of the delicate and complex tear film that covers the exposed parts of the eyeball, and they rely on the tear film’s moisture (water content) to maintain their pliability, integrity and adherence. The surface tension of the tear film’s moisture against the lenses prevents them from falling out.
The problem is that the most popular types of lenses deplete the tear film’s moisture content and therefore interfere with healthy tear film functioning. Soft lenses, and gas permeable lenses, have been compared to miniature sponges because of the amount of tear film moisture they soak up. Even rigid lenses deplete some tear film moisture. In addition, all lenses, even gas permeable, reduce the amount of oxygen reaching the corneal surface. Rigid lenses restrict oxygen the most, which is one reason they are smaller.
Tear film function and structure
The tear film that covers the exposed optical surface is amazingly complex, considering that it is only about five microns (millionths of a meter) thick. Tear film components:
Lipid layer. This topmost layer is comprised of a very thin film of fatty oil that lubricates the eyelid and slows moisture evaporation from the lower layers.
Aqueous layer. The middle and thickest layer contains the vast majority of the tear film’s moisture. This is where most moisture loss occurs. The layer also contains electrolytes, proteins and bacteria-fighting antibodies. It provides oxygenated water to allow the cornea to breathe.
Mucin layer. This bottom layer glues the tear film to the optical surface.
Dry irritated eyes
When tear film moisture is depleted, the resulting abnormal changes can make the eyes feel uncomfortable. The most physically irritating results of tear film moisture loss are an over-concentration of electrolyte (salt) and proteins in the aqueous layer. Insufficient oxygen in the aqueous layer’s moisture can also cause discomfort. Discomfort can include itching, burning, irritation, eyestrain, headache, etc.
Soothing dry, irritated eyes
Soothing dry, irritated eyes, whether caused by contact lenses, environmental conditions or bodily dehydration from illness or stress, is a simple and logical tear film cross section procedure: Simply add moisture to the tear film! In the past 110 years of medical eye care research, however, this has proved more easily said than done.
One problem has been getting the moisture past the overlying lipid layer. As it turns out, our eyes already know how to accomplish this trick. The tear film is perfectly capable of extracting all the moisture it needs from the humidity in the air, provided the air is reasonably humid (70% at 70 degrees), and the humidity droplets are pure and unpolluted.
However…the standard solution to the problem of dry, irritated eyes has been not humidity but eyedrops. Since eyedrops rely on chemical formulations and eyedroppers, they pose numerous drawbacks. The typical eyedrop is ten times larger than the volume of the tear film. When applied, the drop may flood and wash away the natural tear film, including the evaporation-retarding lipid layer. Despite their complex chemistry, formulated eyedrops invariably lack one thing: The minute quantity of pure, natural, pH-balanced water that is all the tear film really needs.
- Additional drawbacks to eyedrops and wetting agents:
- You have to remove your contact lenses to apply them.
- Some people are allergic to the chemicals and preservatives.
- The eyedropper can cause injury.
- Applying eyedrops is a slow, tedious procedure.
In 2002, Bio-Logic Aqua Technologies Biomedical Research introduced Nature’s Tears EyeMist, the first effective, all-natural alternative to formulated eyedrops for dry, irritated eyes. For the first time, millions of contact lens wearers are obtaining instant relief from dry, irritated eyes…without eyedrops.
Nature’s Tears EyeMist solved the problem of getting moisture in extremely minute quantities past the lipid layer into the aqueous layer. This is accomplished very simply, by delivering the moisture as an ultra-pure, ultra-fine mist that emulates the air’s natural humidity. The mist is sprayed towards the face rather than into the eyes, enabling the tear film to extract exactly as much moisture as it needs, no more and no less. In most cases, all that is required to restore the tear film’s moisture content to full volume and comfort, is two to five nanoliters (billionths of a liter). That is far too little to apply with an eyedropper.
As an added benefit, delivering moisture in the form of a mist oxygenates the moisture, thus increasing the aqueous layer’s oxygen content.
The most beneficial component of eyedrops is the paraffin or oil that can serve as a sealer to slow tear film moisture loss. Eyedrops are most effective as a moisture sealer when the tear film’s moisture content is at full capacity. For best results, apply Nature’s Tears EyeMist immediately before applying eyedrops, and use the smallest amount of eyedrops possible. Since Nature’s Tears EyeMist has no dosage limit, it may also be applied between eyedrop applications, or when eyedrops are not convenient.
BIO MED WASH® all-natural, sterile first aid wash for cuts and lacerations, is the first product that replaces saline solution for washing abrasions and lacerations (saline is still preferred for deep intramuscular cuts). The product is invaluable in the initial washing of skin that has come in contact with irritating chemicals such as gasoline, pepper spray, tear gas or plant toxins; and the washing of eyes irritated by foreign particles, heavy smoke, dust or perspiration.
BIO MED WASH® contains 100% Bio-Logic Aqua® tissue-culture grade water, proven to have the ideal pH balance, and mild mineral nutrient content to maximize moisture absorption and promote healing.
For use by:
- Emergency room physicians and nurses
- Emergency medical technicians
- Home and shop first aid kits
- Employer first aid kits
- Police and corrections officers/prisons
- Forest fire fighters
- Structure fire fighters
- Military personnel and medics
- Manufacturing plants
Grants Pass, OR (PRWEB) July 11, 2011
The Result of Two Decades of Research into the Health Effects of Water, Pollution, Climate Change and Air.
Sharon Kleyne, an American woman, business entrepreneur, water advocate and Founder of Bio-Logic Aqua Research, is announcing a series of breakthrough discoveries by her company that are creating a new branded category in the business of water – “water mixed with air” (which has very different properties and benefits than liquid water). She projects that this new category water business will achieve global distribution, with billion-dollar a year sales.
This new category business is expected to greatly expand the existing global business of water, already growing rapidly, that is currently dominated by water-to-drink.
Two decades ago, Mrs. Kleyne founded Bio-Logic Aqua Research in Grants Pass, Oregon, out of concern for the combined health effects of water, pollution, climate change and air. Mrs. Kleyne challenged herself to develop an effective individual, all-natural, all-water, hand-held portable humidifying device for dry skin and dry eyes, to generate global mass market sales.
That challenge has now been met – due to breakthrough discoveries by Bio-Logic Aqua Research involving the utilization of humidity from the air by the skin and eyes, the ideal water for maximum beneficial surface absorption, and the technology of mist application. Bio-Logic Aqua Research is the only company, worldwide, whose exclusive business is the bottling and marketing of an all-natural trade secret water as an all-natural humidity supplement, for external application to the human body.
“The number one global environmental threat to health,” Mrs. Kleyne explains, “is that the air we breathe is becoming too dry. Our ‘breath of life’ is endangered. Everyone knows the air is polluted and dirty but few people realize that as a result, the air is also losing its life-giving clean water (humidity).”
Dry air, Mrs. Kleyne discovered, causes numerous dehydration diseases such as dry skin, dry eyes, allergies and melanoma. Environmentally caused dry eye is now the #1 reason for eye doctor visits in the United States. In countries with extreme air pollution and/or water shortages, dry eye has become a major health crisis. Ninety-percent of the world’s blind live in places such as China, India and areas of Africa, and the blindness rate is expected to double by 2030.
“My company’s personal hand-held water misting devices,” Mrs. Kleyne states, “empower every individual to provide their own instant humidity supplement for dry skin and dry eyes, regardless of how dirty or dry the air.”
After assembling a global Business and Medical Advisory Team to participate in this new discovery, Mrs. Kleyne conducted research, consulted with scientists, doctors, business leaders and Wall Street, and developed a business plan that remains the road map to the company’s future.
The ideal water for application as an airborne mist to dehydrated skin and eyes, it was discovered, is the company’s trademarked, trade secret water, “Bio-Logic Aqua® all-natural tissue culture grade water.” Double-blind testing shows that the water is ideal for maximum beneficial absorption into dry skin and dry eyes, with no burning or blurring.
Bio-Logic Aqua Research invested millions of dollars into researching the properties, application and benefits of Bio-Logic Aqua water. The company then invested in market research and testing of its products in 70,000 retail outlets (chain and independent drugstores, doctors’ offices, high end department stories, hospitals, the military, law enforcement, etc.), generating millions of dollars in sales. It also obtained the first United States Patent on the application of a pure mist to humidify dry eyes and a dry tear film. The company holds patents or pending patents in several countries.
Bio-Logic Aqua Research markets three hand-held water mist products, for dry eye, dry skin, and first aid and emergencies, with additional products in development.
“Earth will continue to change,” says Mrs. Kleyne, “and for life to survive for eternity, we must learn to adapt to and live with the changes. In the current global environment, it is realistic to predict that my company’s water products will one day be as indispensable as drinking water, clothing, sunscreen and lip balm.”
The UVA and UVB components of sunlight may cause skin dehydration, sunburn, collagen damage and DNA damage
Sunshine is a wonderful thing. In plants, it stimulates green chlorophyll to produce free oxygen, enabling us to breathe. Sunshine invigorates, energizes and causes the skin to produce Vitamin D, the “Sunshine Vitamin.” Of course, sunshine can also give you a painful sunburn.
The primary “bad factor” in sunlight is ultraviolet (UV) light. UV is the component of sunlight that causes skin dehydration, sunburn, collagen damage, DNA damage and skin cancers such as melanoma. Education about UV light, combined with a few simple skin care precautions, can significantly affect skin (and eye) health.
Ultraviolet light is light with a wavelength just a little too short to fall within the visible spectrum (100 to 400 nanometers). Compare this to infrared light, which has a wavelength just a little too long to fall within in visible spectrum (700 to 3,000 nanometers).
Facts about UV light:
- Earth’s ozone layer filters out 98% of UV rays. Of the UV radiation that gets through, 98% is Ultraviolet-A (UVA).
- (UVA) has a wavelength of 400 to 315 nanometers (visible violet light has a wavelength of 400 to 500 nanometers).
- UVA does not cause sunburn but can cause skin drying, collagen damage and rapid aging.
- UVB has a wavelength of 315 to 280 nanometers.
- UVB causes sunburn and DNA damage that can lead to skin cancers such as melanoma.
- On the positive side, UVB stimulates the production of Vitamin D and melanin (melanin helps block UV rays).
- UVC has a wavelength of 280 to 100 nanometers and is used to kill bacteria.
- UVC can be extremely damaging to skin. You are most likely to encounter UVC at high elevations and in ozone depleted areas such as Antarctica.
Minimizing UV exposure:
- Well hydrated skin, containing adequate water, is more resistant to the harmful effects of UVA and UVB than dehydrated skin (dry skin), with not enough water. Dry air, air pollution, forced-air heating and cooling and insulated walls and windows also contribute to dry skin.
- Sunscreen, which blocks UV light, is recommended for facial skin anytime you go outside in sunlight, no matter what the season.
- Sunscreen is most effective if the skin underneath is well hydrated. In addition to blocking UV rays, the lotion in sunscreen acts as a sealer to help the skin retain water.
- The darker your skin, the higher the melanin component, the more resistant your skin is to UV rays.
- As a sunburn heals, it temporarily stimulates melanin production (tanning).
- Natural fabrics with a tight weave are effective in blocking UV rays. As with sunscreens, different fabrics and weaves have specific SPFs (solar protection factors).
- A hat, sunglasses and long sleeves also offer important UV protection in sunlight.
To make sure your skin (and eyes) contain adequate moisture, drink at least eight glasses of pure water (in addition to coffee, tea, soda or juice) per day. Also, bathe often, keep your windows open when possible. Finally, for dry skin and dry eyes, get into a daily habit of frequent facial and eye misting with Nature’s Tears EyeMist or Nature’s Mist Face of the Water, hand-held water therapy devices from Bio-Logic Aqua Research.
Wikipedia (“Ultraviolet Light”)
“Ultraviolet (UV) Protective Clothing,” Sharon Kleyne Hour – Power of Water. June 23, 2008
“Sun Safety to Prevent melanoma,” Sharon Kleyne Hour – Power of Water. August 31, 2009
How can I reduce my melanoma risk?
Water. For healthier, melanoma resistant skin, apply Nature’s Mist all-natural skin moisture (water) before sunscreen, lotion or any other skin application. ( More information…) It is also important to drink eight to ten glasses of pure water a day. Juice, coffee, tear and soft drinks don’t count. Mineral water, vitamin water and flavored water do count (carbonated water contains too much sodium).
To increase awareness about this potentially serious condition, Bio Logic Aqua Research is offering Nature’s Mist as a BRAND NEW special. When you order 1- 2oz. Nature’s Mist, you will receive up to $40 in gifts, including 2 additional Nature’s Mist 2 oz. bottles and a t-shirt from the Save a Child’s Life Foundation. ACT NOW!
May 27, 2011
Why should I worry about melanoma?
Malignant melanoma is the most serious form of skin cancers and is potentially fatal. Melanoma in adults often originates in childhood. Worldwide (including the United States), melanoma is increasing. The good news: Melanoma is preventable, and curable if caught in time.
The immediate cause of melanoma is cell damage from solar radiation. But the ultimate causes are complex and often involve lifestyle choices, made by your parents, beginning when you were born. Melanoma is a dehydration disease related to chronic loss of water in the skin. Skin dehydration begins at birth and parents MUST educate their children on the importance of water, diet, health and sun protection.
A child who is healthy, well hydrated (drinks enough water), knows how to protect their skin, and continues these proactive habits as an adult, is far less likely to develop malignant melanoma.
How can I reduce my melanoma risk?
¨ Education. It is up to YOU to be proactive and learn all you can about hydration, water, nutrition, skin care and wise lifestyle choices, and teach this to your children. Do not wait for your doctor to bring up these issues and do not wait until symptoms develop.
¨ Water. For healthier, melanoma resistant skin, apply Nature’s Mist all-natural skin moisture (water) before sunscreen, lotion or any other skin application. ( More information…) It is also important to drink eight to ten glasses of pure water a day. Juice, coffee, tear and soft drinks don’t count. Mineral water, vitamin water and flavored water do count (carbonated water contains too much sodium).
¨ Diet. For healthy skin and eyes, daily servings of dark green leafy vegetables are recommended, such as spinach, arugula and kale. Vitamin D supplements are also beneficial to skin.
¨ Skin color. Fair skinned people are far more susceptible to sunburn and UV damage than darker skinned people, and are therefore less likely to develop skin cancers. However, darker skinned people can develop these diseases and should protect their skin.
¨ Bathing. Soaking baths are excellent for skin health and hydration, and release of skin toxins. Baths should be followed by a quick shower to wash off toxins and soap residue (dried soap is very dehydrating).
¨ UV radiation/sunscreen. Solar radiation, especially ultraviolet (UV) radiation, is a cause of melanoma. UV radiation can be blocked by clothing, avoiding direct sunlight and by the application of sunscreen with a SPF of at least 15 but preferably as high as possible. Ideally, you should apply sunscreen any time you go in the sun, summer or winter. Cosmetic products are now available that contain sunscreen. Melanoma may also be caused by exposure to other sources of UV radiation, such as tanning beds.
¨ Sugar. Research is discovering numerous ways in which excessive sugar intake may not be good for you. Sugar is dehydrating, can cause weight gain, interferes with antioxidants that keep your body healthy, and creates cravings for unhealthy foods.
¨ Climate. Where you live is obviously important. Melanoma risk is correlated with more sunshine (regardless of temperature), lower humidity and higher air pollution. That does not mean the risk is zero if you live where there is less sunshine, more humidity and less pollution. Where the risk is higher, preventive measures should be increased. And remember that everyone’s level of susceptibility is different.
¨ Indoor-outdoor. Outdoor air can be dehydrating due to solar radiation, low humidity, air pollution and wind. Indoor air can be dehydrating due to forced-air heating and cooling, and insulated walls and windows. You can raise indoor humidity with bowls of water, house plants and room humidifiers.
¨ Clothing. A white t-shirt has an SPF of about 10 (depending on the thickness of the material). This may be enough to prevent sunburn but may not block UV radiation. Heavier clothing and long sleeves are always recommended in the sun, as are hats and sunglasses.
¨ Sleep and stress. Adequate sleep, stress reduction and exercise can enhance every aspect of your health. The goal should be seven to eight hours of uninterrupted sleep per night.
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