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.
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.
Watery eyes, particularly in windy, sunny or dry conditions, can be caused by dry eye syndrome, which can also be triggered by many medical conditions and taking certain medications.
Gareth Thomas, Head of Sales and Marketing at Altacor, says: “Lubrication of the eye is very sophisticated. The eye is bathed in a film of tears every time you blink. This film has a watery inside contained by an oily outside layer to reduce evaporation, and a lubricant on the innermost layer nearest the eye ball. These delicate layers can easily be disrupted by medication, including the contraceptive pill.”
The characteristic dry eye symptoms include scratchy or itchy feeling eyes that look red rimmed. However, the eye can also over compensate resulting in watery eyes. This makes the condition difficult to recognise despite being very easy to treat.
The third National Eye Health Week takes place between 17th and 23rd September 2012 and aims to raise awareness of the importance of maintaining good eye health and attending regular sight tests.
This year, Altacor are supporting National Eye Health Week by providing tips and advice for the safe administration of eye drops. We have produced two new information sheets and a new training video on this subject, please visit our National Eye Health Week 2012 page for more information.
Eye care is particularly important for golfers, who are exposed not just to glare and UV light but also to dust, pollen and wind – all of which can irritate the eyes. Many golfers suffer from watery eyes and are unaware that it may be a symptom of dry eye, which can also cause a scratchy, gritty or smarting feeling and can be easily relieved with eye drops. Continue reading →
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.
A dry eye gel can be helpful in relieving discomfort triggered by dry, dusty or windy environments or dry eye caused by medication such as HRT, anti-histamines.
Clinitas Hydrate is a liquid gel that spreads rapidly over the cornea to relieve friction and provide lubrication. It works by boosting the aqueous layer of the tear film. In addition to releasing water it also contains carbomer 980 which means the eye drops stay longer in the eye to provide lasting relief.
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.
When Graham Colbourne retired he was determined not to let a chronic dry-eye condition get in the way of doing more of the things he enjoyed. With a zest to live life to the full, he particularly wanted to spend more time developing his love of painting at his home in Dudley.
However, in recent years Graham’s suffering had become markedly worse. He takes up the story: “I have had severe dry-eye for 20 years and am under the care of the eye surgeon at the local hospital.
Aged 11, I lost an eye in a golfing accident and strangely the dryness in the socket around my prosthetic eye is worse than the pain I experience in my normal eye”.
Ceri Myles has joined the team to help drive awareness of its Clinitas dry-eye treatment products with Hospital Consultants and Primary Care Trusts in the South East.
Ceri was previously at Wyeth where she was a Clinical Meetings Manager in Transplantation, Haemophilia and Anti Infectives.
She says that Clinitas is popular with consultants:
“Clinicians are keen to use the product and I am working to gain formulary inclusion within the hospitals. Altacor has exciting products in the pipeline and I am looking forward to being part of its success.”