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Regener-Eyes information and how to possibly get it.

FROM THE COMPANY: REGENER-EYES®

NEXT GENERATION in Inflammation and Dry Eyes

The science of regenerative medicine focuses on stimulating the body's own natural ability to heal and regenerate. These therapies offer hope for patients suffering from the signs and symptoms of inflammation and injury. This results in a natural, non-surgical and long-lasting solution.

The Regener-Eyes® treatment was developed to help patients suffering from inflammation and dry eyes.

Technology
Regener-Eyes® is sterile, acellular, and is made from placental derived biomaterials. These biomaterials consist of nutrients such as proteins, cytokines and growth factors.

How it works
These nutrients act to stimulate the body's own natural ability to heal and regenerate.
• Cytokines help to reduce inflammation.
• Growth factors aid in healing and regeneration.
• Hyaluronic acid helps to lubricate and protect.

Regener-Eyes®contains naturally occurring growth factors, proteins, and anti-inflammatory cytokines such as VEGF, TGFβ1, TGFβ3, EGF, HC-HA/PTX-C.PTX-3 (Pentraxin 3), PDGF, ST2, bFGF, KGF, Collagen Types I, III, IV, V and GDF11.

Regener-Eyes® is prepared using our proprietary patented processes to ensure the safety, bioactivity, sterility, and preservation of the product.
The Regener-Eyes® Advantage
• Sterile and acellular (SAL 10 -6, without harmful irradiation)
• Non-steroidal and non-addictive

THE THREE STEPS TO HEALING
Remove the Inflammation
The anti-inflammatory cytokines communicate to your body and cells to reduce/remove your inflammation...beginning the healing process.

Reduce your Pain and Discomfort
As the inflammation reduces, your pain and discomfort will decrease, helping the body to return to homeostasis.

Healing and Regeneration
The growth factors are used as a fuel source to stimulate the body’s natural ability to heal and regenerate, just as mother nature intended.

  

Hey Dry Eye Syndrome Support Community and friends! What I wanted to go over today is the question that we got on the facebook group, which was wanting a little bit more information on the Regener-Eyes drop. Regener-Eyes, for those who don’t know, is a new drop that just came out recently and was just FDA regulated. It has been studied at Johns Hopkins University and it uses placental-derived biomaterials. These biomaterials contain proteins, cytokines and growth factors. The placenta, as most of you know, is pretty much a filter that provides nutrients to the baby when it’s developing. Within the placenta, there are tons of stem cells and it is filled with nutrients. It is one of the best areas of nutrients that we know because it does provide these stem cells.

What we’re actually starting to see now is freezing or banking of babies’ placental tissue because we know in the future that this material may be valuable for their health care because we can take the stem cells and create anything we want out of them. Regener-Eyes and Johns Hopkins has taken the nutrients from the placenta and put it into an eye drop which is intended to reduce inflammation. Most dry eye medications are now focused on reducing inflammation because we know that dry eye is inflammation of the surface of the eye.

The problem with drops that just reduce inflammation is that they don’t help the cells that are dying (such as your Meibomian glands and the cells that are on the surface of your eye called goblet cells). Those are responsible for producing mucin in your eye. But with this drop, it actually has growth factors in it to aid in the healing and regeneration of these cells, allowing the eye to bring these cells back to life and get them back to their natural state of producing the mucin or the oils that need to be produced. The fact that it uses placenta cells or placental-derived biomaterial is the key with this drop.

Another idea we’ve had it that we may talk to our optometry board of South Carolina to see if we can set up telemedicine. This would give us the ability to speak face-to-face and have one-on-one time with you as needed. We will charge for this, and it will be cash pay (no insurance). This will be a learning process for us as well, but we could do a one-on-one consultation with you for 15 minutes find out what will work for you and if we want to prescribe this medication. We could possibly give you a prescription for it and then have it ordered directly from the company of Regener-Eyes. Right now, the reason the company wants to send it out themselves is because it has to be hydrated so it comes in a cooler packed box. It’s a $195 per month. If you order a 6 month supply, you’ll probably get one month at a time, but they reduce the price to $170 per month. I hope this video was helpful in clearing up what Regener-Eyes is. It may be hard to find a doctor in your area that knows about this because we didn’t know much about it until the community brought it to us. We’ve done a little more research, I talked to the company, and learned how to do things.

 

One Love,

Dr. Travis Zigler

[0:00] Dr.Travis Zigler reporting to you live from my office in Camden, South Carolina. I want to go over a question we got in the Facebook group about a little more information about Regener-Eyes

[0:24] Regener-Eyes is a new drop that just came out recently that uses placental-derived biomaterials that contain proteins, cytokines and growth factors.

[1:09] We are starting to see freezing or banking of babies’ placental tissue because we know in the future that this material may be valuable for their health care because we can take the stem cells and create anything we want out of them.

[1:45] The problem with the drops is that when they reduce the inflammation they don't help the cells that are dead or dying.

[2:28] The key with this drop is that it uses the placenta derived biomaterial. We are going to talk to our board of South Carolina to see if we can set up telemedicine.

[2:47] Discussion about cost and how insurance will work.

[3:00] With this drop we can do one-on-one consultations with our patients to find out what works for them and then if we can prescribe the medicine we can give them the RX and they can take that directly to the company to purchase.

[3:17] The medicine has to be refrigerated and comes in a cooler packed box. They reduced the price to $170.00 dollars per month.

[3:36] I hope this video is helpful in clearing up what Regener-Eyes is. We have done our research on this and have spoke with the company to figure out how to do things.

[3:58] One thing I want to ask from you is, if you are interested in a telemedicine appointment with us, please let us know by clicking here and joining the discussion on our Facebook community page. 

[4:20] We will be coming out with more videos this year and posting them to our Dry Eye Syndrome Support community as well as the blog section on our website www.eyelovethesun.com

 

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What are Transition Lenses?

We've all heard of glasses that transition from light to dark when we head outdoors, and some of you may have experienced this by wearing them yourselves. Transition, or photochromic, lenses work by sensing light changes in your environment and changing the lens color to adapt to this light change. Transitions lenses help to decrease unwanted glare due to changing lighting conditions, because two out of every three people report that they're sensitive to light! We've had many patients who love this light adaptive technology in their glasses, yet many patients who absolutely dislike it for various reasons. But what about those of us who prefer to wear contact lenses? 

What Are Acuvue Oasys Contact Lenses?

Johnson and Johnson Vision Care introduced the world to its Acuvue Oasys contact lens back in 2005, and we've never been the same since. With its superior wetting technology, the Acuvue Oasys with Hydraclear Plus technology is a cut above the rest and, in our opinion, is one of the most comfortable lenses out there.

As with most businesses, J&J continues to innovate and has just introduced their brand new Acuvue Oasys with Transitions Light Intelligent Technology. They've partnered with Transitions Optical and have been working for over 10 years to produce the technology for these innovative lenses. Thats right! You can now try out contact lenses that automatically darken when you go outside, and transition back to light when you go inside. These new lenses darken within one minute and are back to light within 90 seconds of going back inside, so they work far better than the transitioning glasses we know from the past. For those who need vision correction and love to wear contact lenses, these are a must. They're especially beneficial for those who work both indoors and outdoors, and we'll discuss further benefits below.

Keep in mind that these new Acuvue Oasys with Transitions lenses are not a substitute for a great pair of polarized sunglasses! Although they darken and provide 100% UVB protection, they will not protect you against all UV rays like polarized sunglasses will. 

What to Expect with Acuvue Oasys with Transitions Contact Lenses

When wearing these lenses, get ready for an experience! First of all, you can expect them to be super comfortable just like the Acuvue Oasys you may know and love. Although we usually recommend daily disposable lenses for those with dry, sensitive eyes and other eye problems, the Oasys with Transitions is going to be super comfortable for almost everyone. Read more about contact lenses for dry eyes here.

Secondly, you can expect less glare throughout your day. By adapting to changing lighting in your environment, this means that you can wear these lenses all day with ease and without squinting. Go outside for lunch, head back in for a meeting, and meet a friend at the nearest coffee shop. No matter how you plan your day, you can wear these lenses knowing that they're going to provide a bit of shade when you're outside and quickly lighten back up so you can see indoors. And the darkening isn't too much to be distracting, either.

5 Benefits of Acuvue Oasys Contacts with Transitions Light Adaptive Technology 1. Less Squinting when subjected to bright light

This is the best benefit of all. When encountering bright light, your new contact lenses will automatically transition into darker lenses which protects your eyes from that unwanted glare. Easily go surfing or swimming at the beach, enjoy a game of volleyball, ski down a mountain, and work near an open window without being distracted by bright light (or your glasses, for that matter!) Studies have shown that, compared to clear lenses, those wearing photochromic contact lenses showed nearly 40% less squinting when exposed to challenging environments with bright light.

2. Helps vision recover up to 5 seconds faster when subjected to bright light

Clinical studies have shown that, compared to eyes that were wearing clear lenses, those that were wearing photochromic contact lenses demonstrated 43% faster recovery after exposure to bright light. This means that, when you're driving around a corner and the sun suddenly hits your eyes, your eyes will be able to recover back to normal more quickly so that you don't hit the person in front of you. It also means quicker visual recovery while playing fast-paced sports such as baseball and tennis.

3. Reduces halos and starbursts at night 

Most of us hate driving at night. However, the technology in these lenses is amazing, and they can even reduce the amount of glare and halos you experience at night. Whether you're driving or simply sitting in the passenger seat, wearing these lenses will be beneficial for your ability to see while driving toward oncoming traffic or driving through the rain. The lenses can even improve your ability to read road signs sooner and identify that exit you were supposed to take!

4. Improvement in color contrast

While wearing these lenses, you'll notice an improvement in your chromatic contrast, meaning that colors will stand out much more than they usually do. Have you ever worn a great pair of polarized sunglasses and noticed how the colors just pop? Over 30% of people in one study noticed improvement in this pop of color over their experience while wearing clear lenses. This could be especially helpful while playing golf and attempting to find your ball, and you'll love wearing these lenses while taking in the fall colors on your next Autumn drive.

5. Comfort at its best

We've discussed this already, but the new Acuvue Oasys with Transitions lenses are more comfortable than most lenses on the market. If you've been suffering trying to find a contact lens that's comfortable enough for your sensitive eyes, this new lens may be your answer because not only will it be wetable and feel like silk on your eyes, but you'll also experience much less glare (which means less eyestrain, squinting, and headaches).

Acuvue Oasys with Transitions Contact Lenses Replacement and Care Schedule

J&J's new lenses require similar care to the Acuvue Oasys you already know and love. This 2-week disposable contact lens means that you'll remove them every single night for cleaning and disinfection and then throw them away every 2 weeks. They will likely come in both a 12 pack and 24 pack of lenses.

For cleaning, we recommend a hydrogen peroxide solution, such as Clear Care, because this solution is going to keep your lenses feeling comfortable throughout the 2 weeks you wear them. Hydrogen peroxide is a very effective cleanser that removes all dirt, oil, bacteria, and debris quite easily. When using this cleanser, you'll need to use the special case that comes with the bottle and make sure to read the instructions before use. Your lenses will need to sit in the solution for at least six hours before putting your lenses back into your eyes.

We love that these new lenses block 100% UVB light, and they can save you in a pinch when you forget your favorite pair of shades. However, they're NOT a replacement for sunglasses! If you use only these contact lenses during sunny days outside, you're going to end up with aging damage to your eyes such as crow's feet, unsightly wrinkles, and dark spots. So, wear those sunglasses!

Can You Sleep in Oasys with Transitions Contact Lenses?

No, no, no. Sleeping in contact lenses is never alright, in our opinion! When you sleep in contact lenses, you're depriving your eyes of the essential oxygen they need to be comfortable and healthy. Combine this with the fact that your eyes are closed at night, and you can end up with a whole host of issues if you decide to sleep in your lenses. Bacterial corneal infections such as ulcers can be vision threatening and are not uncommon in those who sleep in contact lenses.

So, what do you think? Would you try the brand new Acuvue Oasys with Transitions lenses?

One Love,

Dr. Travis Zigler
SeeEO of Eye Love
Director of the Dry Eye Syndrome Support Community

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Ocusoft Lid Scrubs Plus Ocusoft's 13 Ingredients

Cocoamphodiacetate Disodium, D-Panthenol, Decyl Polygluoside, Methyl Gluceth-20, Modified Ringer’s Solution (purified water, sodium chloride, potassium chloride, calcium chloride), PEG-120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate, POE-80 Sorbitan Monolaurate, Polyaminopropyl Biguanide, 1,2-Hexanediol, 1,2-Octanediol

Ocusoft Safety Profile
  • If solution gets into eyes flush thoroughly with water
  • For external use only, if swallowed seek medical help or contact a poison control center right away
Ocusoft Satisfaction Guarantee and Returns Policy
  • All returns must have a RGA number on the address label to be eligible for credit and must be returned by UPS Ground or insured mail (or you must assume the risk of loss or damage during shipment). All returns must be accompanied by a signed Return Goods Authorization form. OCuSOFT® does not issue credit for returns not received by OCuSOFT® and is not responsible for tracking returned products. OCuSOFT® will not reimburse FED EX or any overnight express costs.
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Ocusoft Lid Scrubs Original Ocusoft's 13 Ingredients

Cocoamphodiacetate Disodium, D-Panthenol, Decyl Polygluoside, Methyl Gluceth-20, Modified Ringer’s Solution (purified water, sodium chloride, potassium chloride, calcium chloride), PEG-120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate, POE-80 Sorbitan Monolaurate, Polyaminopropyl Biguanide, 1,2-Hexanediol, 1,2-Octanediol

Ocusoft Safety Profile
  • If solution gets into eyes flush thoroughly with water
  • For external use only, if swallowed seek medical help or contact a poison control center right away
Ocusoft Satisfaction Guarantee and Returns Policy
  • All returns must have a RGA number on the address label to be eligible for credit and must be returned by UPS Ground or insured mail (or you must assume the risk of loss or damage during shipment). All returns must be accompanied by a signed Return Goods Authorization form. OCuSOFT® does not issue credit for returns not received by OCuSOFT® and is not responsible for tracking returned products. OCuSOFT® will not reimburse FED EX or any overnight express costs.
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Ocusoft Alternative: Heyedrate Lid and Lash Cleanser

    Heyedrate Lid and Lash Cleanser's 3 Ingredients

    Hypochlorous Acid, electrolyzed water, sodium chloride (table salt)

    Heyedrate Lid and Lash Cleanser Safety Profile
    • Safe for eyes
    • Safe for skin contact
    • Safe for ingestion (never recommended)
    Heyedrate Lid and Lash Cleanser Satisfaction Guarantee
    • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee or your money back.  Simply email happy@eyelovethesun.com to get a full refund.  No need to sent it back.  
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    Ocular Rosacea Treatment, Triggers, Diet, Causes, Definition, and Cure - YouTube
    What is Ocular Rosacea?

    Everyone has probably heard the term ‘rosacea' at least once or twice in his or her lives. Rosacea, in this case, is one that deals with the face; however, most people don't know the term can also apply to a condition which targets the eyes. Burning, itching, and redness could sometimes be symptoms of ocular rosacea.

    This condition is a type of inflammation which typically corresponds with chronic skin rosacea. In certain instances itchy, red eyes are the initial sign that an individual has ocular rosacea.

    Whilst there isn’t a cure available for rosacea, great eye care and eyelid hygiene practices could help manage it and reduce the symptoms.

    What causes Ocular Rosacea?

    Ocular rosacea is typically caused by environmental and genetic factors. The majority of the causes below could also exacerbate ocular rosacea.

    Ocular rosacea triggers
    • Spicy foods
    • Hot caffeinated drinks
    • Extremely cold or hot temperatures
    • Anger and stress
    • UV sunlight
    • Vigorous exercise
    • Saunas or hot baths
    • Corticosteroids
    • Poor eating habits (processed foods, low vegetable intake)
    • Poor hygiene
    Ocular rosacea symptoms and signs

    A glaring redness around the eye is the initial symptom associated with ocular rosacea. People with ocular rosacea might notice a dilation of blood vessels in their eyes and on the surface of their eyelids, causing them to become extremely visible. This condition could also make the eyes itchy and dry.

    Burning and stinging of the eyes are common. Whilst discomfort, dry eyes, and cosmetic defects are some of the ocular rosacea’s most widespread symptoms, the condition sometimes affects vision due to dry eyes.  Sufferers might have blurred vision or increased sensitivity to light. Ocular rosacea is also capable of causing the eyelids to swell, and it can lead to meibomian gland dysfunction due to insufficient oil glands.

    Other symptoms of ocular rosacea include grittiness or foreign body sensation in the eyes, tearing, and stinging eyes.

    How is ocular rosacea diagnosed?

    It is not necessarily a given that facial rosacea sufferers are going to develop ocular rosacea. Whilst these conditions have similarities, how severe they get is independent of each other. Nevertheless, should any of the symptoms associated with ocular rosacea manifest, especially swollen eyelids, blurred vision, redness or sore eyes, it is imperative to schedule an appointment with an optometrist. The optometrist is able to have a look at your eyes and offer a diagnosis.

    Ocular Rosacea natural treatment and cure

    Ocular rosacea can be managed by keeping to a strict eye care routine. This routine should be kept up even when the condition seems to clear up. This aids in the prevention of flare-ups. The tips below can also be used to help manage the condition:

    • Wash face and eyelid area with an all natural, tea tree oil based soap.  This will help with soothing the redness and itching as opposed to chemically ridden soaps. Tea tree oil is also great for demodex eyelid mites, which are common in those with ocular rosacea and rosacea in general.
    • Ensure eyelids are cleaned twice in a day: a cotton round/ball should be sprayed with a hypochlorous acid eyelid cleanser, such as Heyedrate Lid and Lash Cleanser, and then moved across the eyelid to eradicate oil and debris from the area.  Also, spray this hypochlorous acid eyelid cleanser on areas of rosacea on the skin to help alleviate symptoms.
    • A warm compress should be applied: blocked glands can be loosened by applying a warm compress eye mask, such as that from Heyedrate, that has been microwaved for 20 seconds.  Allow it to sit on closed eyes for 10 to 20 minutes, reheating as needed.
    • Makeup should be avoided: the moment a flare-up happens, makeup should be avoided, as well as any facial products which consist of skin irritants like fragrances. The majority of people discover that the moment the flare-ups subside, they are able to begin using their regular makeup.  Also use an all natural makeup remover, not the typical ones in stores that are filled with chemicals.
    • Stick to glasses instead of contact lenses: the moment the eyes get irritated, contact lenses should be avoided. Once the episode subsides you can return to wearing contact lenses.  Also consider switching to daily disposable contact lenses, which you throw away every day.
    • Sun exposure should be limited: sunglasses, sunscreen and a hat should be used to limit exposure to sunlight. UV rays are a common rosacea trigger. It is also imperative to stay away from sun tanning beds.
    • Consume omega-3 fatty acids: various studies have shown that flaxseed oil and fish oil  consumption could help lower rosacea flare-ups. Certain grocery stores and health food outlets sell whole flaxseed, omega-3 supplement capsules or flaxseed oil. Check out the Heyedrate Omega-3 for Eye Health to get in your omegas!
    • Make use of artificial tears: artificial tears can help alleviate the dryness in one’s eyes. Nevertheless, it is better to first consult an optometrist about the kind of eye drops to be used and the frequency of their use.  These won’t necessary help with the treatment of your ocular rosacea, but may provide symptom relief for a few minutes to hours.
    Best eye drops for treating Ocular Rosacea

    It’s ideal to note that eye drops do not aid in treating the condition directly, but instead, they will help in symptom relief.  Enhancing the hygiene of your eyelids will aid in relief and treatment of ocular rosacea more than eye drops will.

    We recommend to our patients that they use a hypochlorous acid eyelid cleanser, which they spray on the eyelids twice daily, but can be used up to four times daily.  This hypochlorous cleanser can also be applied to any other areas of rosacea for relief of itchy and red skin. 

    Here are a few hypochlorous acid eyelid cleansers:

    Heyedrate Lid and Lash Cleanser - Available over-the-counter. Click here to check price and to purchase.

    Avenova - Available by prescription.  Check price here on GoodRx.

    Acuicyn - Available by prescription.  Check price here on GoodRx.

    Ocular rosacea diet
    • Water: a lot of water should be drunk per day. This amount should be measured as it is specific to every individual, but usually half your bodyweight in ounces of water.  Or just shoot for the typical eight glasses per day (we do 15).
    • Fatty Acids: Fatty acids such as omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids which have unique anti-inflammatory properties. These fatty acids are present in fish oils, borage and black currant seed oil.  Click here to shop Omega-3 supplements.
    • Avoid spicy, hot foods: for numerous people, consuming spicy, hot food is capable of triggering ocular rosacea, so it is best to avoid eating these sorts of food.
    • Limit alcohol consumption: Alcohol consumption should be limited, especially as it can be a potential ocular rosacea trigger. It is best to limit consumption to a couple drinks each week if consumption of alcohol triggers rosacea flare-ups.

    The simple fact is there is NO CURE for the condition, even if there are remission periods as flare-ups might occur. It helps to know that even flare-ups happen; there are numerous varied remedies that can be applied to help ease the situation.

    One Love,

    Drs. Travis and Jenna Zigler

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    To celebrate our 2-year group anniversary and hitting 6,000 members in the Dry Eye Syndrome Support Community, we are giving away a 5 Dry Eye Relief Kits which includes Heyedrate Lid and Lash Cleanser, Heyedrate Omega-3, Heyedrate Tea Tree Soap, and a Heyedrate Warm Compress! 
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    To celebrate hitting 5,000 members in the Dry Eye Syndrome Support Community, we are giving away a 6-month supply of Heyedrate Lid and Lash Cleanser.  
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    Eye Love » Dry Eye by Dr. Travis Zigler - 1y ago
    How to Treat Conjunctivitis - YouTube
      When I have a flare up of Conjunctivitis, Do I need to be treating that first and foremost via antibiotic drops or still just keep on with dry eye products?

    Viral pink eye. If it’s truly viral, antibiotics are not going to do anything for that. You’re better off, if you’re using an artificial tear, just using that because the antibiotic isn’t going to do anything for a viral pink eye. I know that’s what they give kids and everybody else when they come in for pink eye a lot of the time but the antibiotic really won’t do anything. The best you can do is really stick to your dry eye treatments that you’re doing. A lot of the time we hear that conjunctivitis of some sort or some type of eye inflammation is what caused people’s dry eye, and that’s very possible. So it could be what kind of set it off, or it could have been something around that time as well that set it off. Lots of different changes can cause dry eye so I would just continue on that dry eye treatment that you’re doing. Obviously, if you’ve got something that needs an antibiotic or you have an infection then yes, use the antibiotic to get that cleared up.

    If you ever have a flare-up like viral conjunctivitis or bacterial we always recommend going on our spray just because it is a natural antiseptic and it helps boost your immune system so just spraying it on your eyelids will help decrease the spread and get that bacteria under control. Viral conjunctivitis has no real treatment for it, you can just kind of let it do it’s course which usually takes about 14 days or so. Seven days to come on, seven days to be on, seven days to go away. Bacterial conjunctivitis is so rare and most doctors put antibiotics on everything. When I first started practicing I signed something that said I had to choose one or the other; an antibiotic or a steroid. I choose a steroid more often when I started practicing, which pretty much meant that I would not prescribe an antibiotic unless I absolutely knew it was the bacteria. I think I prescribed  an antibiotic five times in my 10 years of practicing because most of the time it’s inflammation that’s causing your pink eye. If it’s truly in need of an antibiotic and it’s a bacterial conjunctivitis, it’s going to be yellow, goopy with thick discharge and you don’t really see that because it’s actually pretty rare.

     

    One Love,

    Dr. Jenna Zigler and Dr. Travis Zigler

    Dr. Travis Zigler and Dr. Jenna Zigler answer your questions LIVE on Sundays at 7:00pm EST.

    Click here to get Dr. Jenna's E-book, The Dry Eye Book, for FREE

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    Eye Love » Dry Eye by Dr. Travis Zigler - 1y ago
    What is Hypochlorous Acid? - YouTube
    What is hypochlorous acid?

    A hypochlorous acid is a bactericidal component of the immune system. What this means is that when your immune system comes across pathogens it actually releases hypochlorous acid to help kill the bacteria.

    Results from lab studies have showed that a stabilized hypochlorous acid is very fast-acting broad-spectrum against microorganisms found in the external ocular flora which is just your skin on your eyelid surface and this includes MRSA or methyl methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus that is a mouthful plus the ability. It has the ability to disrupt biofilm.

    Biofilm like we've talked about previously harbors bacteria and it's just kind of a collection of microorganisms in a film. And then hypochlorous acid has been shown to not be toxic to human tissues and it's very non-irritating and so that's essentially what hypochlorous acid is. It's part of our immune system and it helps break down bacteria.

    One Love,

    Dr. Jenna Zigler and Dr. Travis Zigler

    Dr. Travis Zigler and Dr. Jenna Zigler answer your questions LIVE on Sundays at 7:00pm EST. 

    Click here to get Dr. Jenna's E-book, The Dry Eye Book, for Free

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    What is the Perfect Bandage Lens for Dry Eye? - YouTube
      Are there some bandage contacts for dry eye?

    There are certain soft contact lenses that we tend to use more often as bandage contact lenses now. They're not specifically for bandage contact lenses. These are just contact lenses that we use for patients every day in our clinic but they can be good for things like recurrent corneal erosions, corneal abrasions, and sometimes for dry eye. If you have very bad irritating dry eye I will use a contact lens. However, a lot of the time we won't use contact lenses because it can actually make things a little bit worse, so it all comes down to what your current situation is.

     

    One Love,

    Dr, Jenna Zigler and Dr. Travis Zigler

    Dr. Travis Zigler and Dr. Jenna Zigler answer your questions LIVE on Sundays at 7:00pm EST.

    Click here to get Dr. Jenna's E-book, The Dry Eye Book, for FREE

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    What is Blepharitis? What is Demodex? How Can You Treat It? - YouTube
      What type of tests should a patient undergo to properly diagnose dry eye, blepharitis, or demodex?

    Let’s break it down. So, what is blepharitis? Blepharitis is just inflammation, that’s the last part of the word “itis” of the “blephar” which is the eyelid. So, blepharitis is just inflammation of the eyelid. You don’t really need any test to undergo that, you just need a doctor to look at you under a microscope and you can probably see it yourself because inflammation is redness, heat, a little bit of pain. So if your eyelids are red and inflamed and if they feel hot to the touch or warm to the touch that means they’re inflamed. If they’re a little painful, that’s blepharitis, that’s inflammation of the eyelid. Crustiness on your eyelashes and you can see that, that’s what blepharitis is.

    So, let me do a follow-up question on that, how do you get rid or how to get rid of blepharitis?  It all comes down to lid hygiene like we talked about and even demodex is the same thing. There are certain things that we look for under a microscope that tell us that there’s demodex there. Keeping your eyelids really clean with our spray every  morning and evening, that’s a great way to start. With demodex we like to use tea tree oil soap and you want wash your face with tea tree oil soap. It will migrate onto your eyelids and really help to clean up that bacteria and clear out that demodex for you.

    Then, what is demodex? Demodex is a nasty mite that lives in your eyelash follicles! I know nobody likes to hear that but a lot of you have heard us talk about it. These mites are very common in the older population especially. I don’t know the exact percentage but definitely people over the age of 75 almost everybody has it. So, make sure you keep those eyelids clean and tea tree oil actually will directly kill it and the hypochlorous acid spray that we have will kill off the bacteria that those demodex feed on. Demodex can also live on your scalp too, it’s pretty much any hair follicle and so that’s why I use our tea tree oil soap bar on my hair. It sounds weird to use soap bar in your hair, but it’s actually a lot easier than using shampoo, but I use the soap bar on my hair, and then on my face, and then my beard now, and the rest of my body too. It just helps with my dandruff, my eczema, and everything so I am really a big fan of our tea tree oil soap. I gets rid of demodex mites as a good side effect.

     

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