Vitamin Therapy for Dry Eyes

The incidence of dry eyes increases as tear chemistry changes with age.  In most cases the rate of tear evaporation increases and the ability of our tears to spread evenly over the surface of our eyes decreases especially when we stare at a computer, work in a place with dry heat and dry air conditioning, have laser eye surgery or take medications.  Having a dry surface triggers an inflammatory response which may give a dry, sandy-gritty feeling or burning sensation.

MEDICATIONS ASSOCIATED WITH DRY EYES

There are 124 medications known to reduce tear production.  Common culprits include:

  • Decongestants
  • Anti-acne agents
  • Anti-histamines
  • Anti-anxiety agents
  • Beta blockers
  • Anticholinergic agents
  • Oral contraceptives
  • Anti-depressants

CONTRIBUTING FACTORS TO DRY EYES

  • Age
  • Menopause
  • Ultraviolet light exposure
  • Prolonged computer use
  • Laser eye surgery
  • Cataract surgery
  • Contact lens wear
  • Dry environments
  • Autoimmune disease

VITAMIN THERAPY FOR DRY EYES

When you buy vitamins manufactured in Canada or Europe they come from an industry that is regulated to the same standards as the pharmaceutical industry.  Vitamin manufacturers in the USA and Asia are not regulated.

DOSAGE

Loading Dose – take two tablets with breakfast for two weeks

Maintenance Dose – take one tablet a day with breakfast following the loading dose period –your cost = 28 cents a day.

You will notice:

  • A significant increase in eye comfort and lubrication
  • Stronger finger nails
  • Less dry skin and less eczema
  • More lustrous hair
  • Resistance to colds and viruses

UNDERSTANDING VITAMINS & DRY EYES

The eye’s surface cells require a moist environment to regenerate and their regeneration is enhanced with a balance of:

  • 600 mg Triglyceride Omega 3 Fish Oil
  • 2000 IU vitamin A Palmitate
  • 1000 IU vitamin D3
  • 20 IU vitamin E

Skin cells and the surface cells of the eye are called epithelial cells (the epithelium).

Taking Omega 3 alone depletes your body of its vitamin A and vitamin D. Omega 3 + vitamin A + vitamin D3 combine to regulate epithelial cell growth by increasing stem cell numbers – stem cells create new epithelial cells.  When epithelial cells live their full life cycle there is no inflammation or toxic fall out.

WHY DO WE NEED TRIGLYCERIDES OMEGA 3’S

Triglyceride Omega 3’s distribute vitamin A and vitamin D3 to:

  • enhance our first line of defense
  • reduce inflammation
  • increase high density lipoproteins

UNDERSTANDING OMEGA 3 TRIGLYCERIDES FATTY ACIDS

Fish oil is an excellent dietary source of Omega 3 provided PCBs and heavy metals are removed.

To extract the Omega 3, fish oil is heated in the presence of ethanol to preserve it but this process removes the glycerin from the oil making it of little value to human health.

Glycerin must be chemically replaced to produce useful Omega 3 oil. The result of this process is pure reconstituted natural fish oil – triglyceride Omega 3 oil.

An Omega 3 product is of little use if the label on the fish oil product does not stipulate that the contents are triglyceride Omega 3s.

UNDERSTANDING VITAMIN A

Vitamin A comes in several forms:

  •  Retinyl (Palmitate)
  •  Retinol (Alcohol)
  • Retinoic Acid
  • Retinal

VITAMIN A IN PALMITATE FORM

is the best form of vitamin A

  • is an ester and is prevalent in your body
  • is easy for your body to assimilate
  • stimulates stem cell production for improved epithelial cell differentiation
  • promotes epithelial cell and nail regeneration

VITAMIN A IN ALCOHOL FORM

  • causes skin blemishes

UNDERSTANDING VITAMIN D

Vitamin D reduces inflammation and stimulates the immune system.

COMMENT

Omega 3 with vitamins A and D work together to provide the equilibrium needed to enhance the body’s first line of defense and to provide for increased stem cell levels and activity.  This then facilitates normal cell differentiation so that cells can reach full maturity before dying off (apoptosis).  Premature cell death always causes inflammation and toxic fallout.  When organ cells are able to live to their full life the organ functions better.

In the case of ocular epithelial cells, the population restores to optimal levels, the glycocalyx (outer cell) thickens and does its job of holding mucin so that the tissue repairs itself much more rapidly.

The tear film is the first optical layer of your eye.  A healthy tear film contributes to good vision.  A dry ocular surface degrades your quality of sight.

Ocumetics Dry Eye Formula vitamins will also help persons with other problems associated with dry eye including:

  • Meibomianitis
  • Blepharitis
  • Pigueculae
  • Pterygia
  • Eczema and cracked skin

OTHER BENEFITS – MACULAR DEGENERATION

Evidence for regeneration of retinal pigmented epithelial cells at the back of the eye with this vitamin complex has been well documented.  This vitamin complex is found in AREDS II formulas.

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