Cold weather dries eyes

Low temperatures, high winds and UV light have detrimental effects on eye health, causing dry eye. 

“We all know our lips dry up when we are in a cold environment, but some people don’t know their eyes can dry out too”, says Chris Miller of Cambridge-based Altacor, a specialist ophthalmic products company.

Low temperatures and icy winds can dry out our eyes causing them to water as our tear glands try to compensate. Chris continues “We recommend wearing protective glasses or using lubricant eye drops without preservatives”. The multi-use 0.5ml vials of Clinitas Soothe are perfect to carry alongside your lip balm on a cold day. Continue reading

Clinitas ensures no dry eyes at this year’s Christmas party

Alcohol the night before work could cause dry eye symptoms

New evidence suggests that alcohol leaves behind more than just a sore head. A recent study has shown the dehydrating effects of alcohol can irritate the eyes and cause symptoms of dry eye for people with otherwise healthy eyes.  Drinking water before bed and using lubricant eye drops without preservative could be the answer – Clinitas Soothe is available in small 0.5ml vials and contains enough for even the longest of parties!

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Venus Williams wins after battle with Sjögren’s Syndrome

Dry eye caused by Sjögren’s syndrome (SS) is one of the reasons why Venus Williams pulled out of the 2011 US Tennis open. Last weekend, at the Luxembourg open final, Venus won her first major title after a 31 month barren period.

Venus had been dealing with SS for many months prior to the diagnosis and this was the reason for her recent dip in form. She experienced dry eyes, dry mouth, fatigue, swelling and loss of hearing which all affected her ability to play tennis.

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Punctal occlusion? Try Clinitas dry eye drops first

Although many people are told that sore or gritty eyes are caused by blocked tear ducts, to have both ducts obstructed is very uncommon. It is more likely that dry eye is the problem.

Dry eye is a term used for a variety of tear film disorders that result in the inadequate wetting of the eye, which includes insufficient tear production or too rapid evaporation. The punctal is a small opening on the inner eye lid and a plug is sometimes inserted to slow tear drainage, known as punctal occlusion.   However, eye drops, such as Clinitas Soothe specifically developed for dry eye can often overcome the issue without more invasive treatment.

Administering Clinitas eye drops up to four times a day can reduce the symptoms of dry eye.

Altacor at Independent’s Day 9th July

Preservative free Clinitas Soothe

The theme for Independents Day this is ‘Close Encounters of the Patient Kind’ and there will be a sporting theme for the gala evening.

Double Olympiad and former modern pentathlete Professor Greg Whyte, will be the guest speaker.  Although an  authority on exercise physiology and sports performance, he is probably better known for his training and mentoring of celebrities such as David Walliams and Eddie Izzard.

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Clinitas offers high flyers relief from dry eye symptoms

The dehydrating effects of flying do not only affect the skin, it can cause dry eye symptoms particularly if you wear contact lenses or are using a laptop.  Resealable eye drops could be the answer, Clinitas Soothe is available in small 0.5ml vials and contain enough treatment for even a long haul flight.

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Resealable eye drops offer all day relief from dry eye

Eye drops can provide relief from dry eye symptoms.  These eye drops contain ‘tear substitutes’ which mimic the protective properties of tears.  You may need to reapply the eye drops several times a day and this is where Clinitas Soothe can help.

Clinitas Soothe is unique in that its supplied in an easy to use, sterile, resealable dropper that can be slipped into a pocket or handbag.  Each container holds about 8 drops which is sufficient for one day’s use. It can be recapped and can be used for up to 12 hours.

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Conjunctivitis.com – that’s a site for sore eyes

Comedian Tim Vine won joke of the year award at the annual Lafta awards this month, but those of us who think that having sore eyes is a far from a laughing matter might appreciate some of his older jokes.

Mr Vine, who is the brother of BBC Radio 2 presenter Jeremy, has won the award for the best joke at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2010 with the line: “I’ve just been on a once-in-a-lifetime holiday. I’ll tell you what, never again.”

And he was also runner-up in for the Edinburgh joke of the year last year with the line:

“Crime in multi-storey car parks. That is wrong on so many different levels.”

If you want relief from sore eyes try some Clinitas soothe but to find out more about the Lafta awards see.

Diabetes and dry eye care

People with diabetes are more prone to dry eyes. If your eyes feel tired, sore or gritty or sandy, you may have ‘dry eyes’, or ‘blepharitis’, or both.

The eyelids have tiny glands in them, especially the lower lids. These glands make substances that mix with tears, and help the tears to spread across the eye. This thin layer of tears lubricates the eyes, stops them drying out, and keeps them comfortable. However, as you get older, and particularly if you have dry skin, these glands can block. As a result the glands do not make the chemicals that enables the tears to  spread evenly across the front of the eye. The tears break up and dry patches develop on the surface of the eye which makes them feel sore.

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Not a dry eye in the house

Cambridge News journalist Mike Scialom had suffered for years from dry eye brought on, in part, by air conditioning and too much time at the computer screen. This gave him a special interest in talking to Gareth Thomas, Sales and Marketing Manager of Altacor about the science behind Clinitas and he was keen to test it out.

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