Dry Eyes

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Dry eye syndrome occurs when the eyes do not make enough tears or they evaporate too quickly so the eyes dry out and become red, swollen and irritated. A natural supplement called Tear Support With MaquiBright has helped several readers. A small clinical pilot trial showed MaquiBright ‘decreased dry eye symptoms to almost a quarter after two months’ treatment’. Read More…

Symptoms of Dry Eyes

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The symptoms of dry eyes are one of the most common complaints that GP’s and opticians get to hear about. The symptoms of dry eyes are varied but most people usually experience one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Dryness, redness, grittiness, blurred vision and stinging sensation
  • Light sensitivity and burning sensation Read More…

Managing Sjogren’s Syndrome

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What is Sjogren’s Syndrome?

Sjogren’s Syndrome is classified as an autoimmune disorder where the body’s immune system attacks its own cells, believing them to be invaders like bacteria and viruses. The lymphocytes, specific types of immune cells, selectively target the moisture producing glands of the body including the salivary glands and the lachrymal (tear producing) glands with the result being dry eyes and dry mouth. Affecting more women than men, and generally women past the age of 40, Sjogren’s Syndrome is often accompanied by other autoimmune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis and/or lupus.

What are the symptoms of Sjogren’s Syndrome?

Aside from dry eyes and dry mouth, some of the other symptoms of Sjogren’s Syndrome include: Read More…

Tackling Dry Eyes Syndrome

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Dry Eyes Syndrome, also known as keratoconjunctivitis sicca, is the inflammation of the particular part of the eye called the conjunctiva or the tear gland. This condition affects nearly 30 percent of the adult population and the typical sufferer is female and middle aged, and it is one of the leading causes for visits to the optician.

Dry Eyes Syndrome can be very uncomfortable and typically the sufferer may experience dry, gritty or scratchy sensations in their eyes. Other symptoms include burning sensations, constant itching, redness, blurred vision and light sensitivity. These symptoms worsen in dry and windy climate especially when the humidity of the air is low. Symptoms also worsen with prolonged use of eyes such as reading, watching television and using the computer. Whilst Dry Eyes Syndrome is not a serious condition, it can really affect the quality of daily life. Read More…

Prevention, Symptoms and Treatment of Blepharitis

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What is blepharitis?

Blepharitis is a chronic long term inflammatory condition affecting the eyelids and the skin surrounding the eyes causing a lot of discomfort. There are two types of blepharitis: anterior blepharitis, which affects the outer edge of the eyelids where the eyelashes are found, and posterior blepharitis, which affects the inner edge of the eyelids where the eyelid comes into contact with the eyeball.

The symptoms of blepharitis vary with the severity of the condition and include: Read More…

How To Relieve Debilitating Joint Pain

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Q: I’ve had chronic pain in my shoulders and elbows for six months but a blood test showed no arthritic signs. I’ve been having therapy and taking antidepressants for six weeks for an emotional trauma but it hasn’t helped the pain. Would acupuncture or natural remedies help?

A: Emotional problems can provoke or exacerbate physical pain, so the trauma treatment you’re receiving may help eventually. ‘If the joint pain predated your emotional problems, it may take some time to fade,’ says GP Dr Rob Hicks. ‘Longer-standing conditions take longer to heal.’

There are several types of blood test but, because of your upper-body symptoms, your GP probably organised a specific ESR test for inflammation caused by polymyalgia rheumatica, according to Dr Hicks (drrobhicks.co.uk). However, this doesn’t rule out other inflammation.

Natural anti-inflammatory supplements may help ease the pain and benefit your general health. Try omega-3 essential fatty acids (Ideal Omega-3, £23.70 for 60 capsules) or Superior Joints (£29.95 for 60 capsules), which contains natural eggshell membrane (NEM ), a clinically evaluated pain-relief ingredient, plus turmeric and ginger which are both anti-inflammatory extracts. Check with your doctor first. Read More…