Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Not a dry eye in the house


…This is the goal of Robert Latkany, MD, founder and director of the Dry Eye Clinic at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary.

…Latkany told HA that he could not reach enough people in his clinic, so he wrote The Dry Eye Remedy (Hatherleigh).

…First, you should not be feeling your eyes. This is not normal. Dry eye often starts as a minor irritation and grows.

…Pretty soon, suffers can’t drive at night as well, or use the phone or the ATM.

…Jennifer Wider, MD, also wrote about this for the Society for Women’s Health Research.

…We need tears to keep our eyes healthy, she says.

…Usually this affliction appears after age 40. Women are two to three times more likely to get it. Male hormones may be protective, according to Wider.

…Some doctors may sort of blow off these complaints because dry eye is not vision-threatening. Insist you need help if this happens.

…Dozens of drugs are in development and many are already on drugstore shelves—things such as artificial tears, anti-inflammatories, and topical steroids (no, don’t use those skin ointments, “ask the doc” really applies when it comes to your eyes!).

…Before you start fooling around with your eyes, get the book at very least. For more info, go to http://www.womenshealthresearch.org/. Click on the Dry Eye Remedy icon.

…Take it from HA—proceed with caution.

…Oh, and HA’s eye doctors always tell her to look for “Contains no preservatives” on artificial tear products.

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