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How To Treat Dry Eye

January 17, 2023

Today, I want to share my newest and best information about dry eye. Many people suffer from some level of dryness throughout their life, so I want to share steps you can take to alleviate and prevent dry eyes for yourself. Enjoy the show.

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Hey, everybody, it’s Dr. Sam and I want to welcome you to my podcast today. I’m doing some mountaineering up in the snow.

We just had a great snowfall. And I want to talk to you about dry eye. And again, we’re 2023 and this is my newest information. I’ve been working with dry eye for over three decades, tried a lot of different things. And today, I want to give you my newest and best information. So the first thing to know about dry eye is that most people do suffer some dryness. And they have suffered some dryness, either because of endocrine imbalances, or just extended uses usage on screen time. Our digital devices today are drying us out and couple that with environmental toxicities, stress and our speeded up lifestyle. This is affecting our adrenals our cortisol levels are off the charts. More and more people are having thyroid imbalances, estrogen imbalances, testosterone imbalances, all of these things contribute to dry eye. Now I know when you go to your eye doctor, he’s looking at your corneas. He’s made looks look at your eyelids, and that’s kind of where it stops. And there are some fancy procedures like lip of flow or getting on the eyedropper stasis and those work. Okay, it’s more of a symptom approach.

And you know, my perspective is not for everybody. It’s not a quick fix. I also would say that in dry eye, there are definitely systemic and mid metabolic reasons, as well as AI reasons. So I’m going to talk on the micro. And then I’m going to talk on the macro. Alright, so first of all, one of the keys in reducing dri is reducing any inflammation in and around the eyes. And the place where we can get inflammation is the eyelids. And around the eyelashes is a set of glands called My Bohmian glands. These are the glands that produce the oily part of the tears that keep our tears from evaporating too quickly. One of the diagnosis diagnoses that you’ll hear thrown around in the dry clinics is something called meibomian gland dysfunction. Another one you’ll hear is chronic blepharitis. So in both of these conditions, you got a problem with the eyelid and there’s inflammation going on the could be just locally because the eyelids are inflamed. Or you also may have some secondary conditions going on in the body. And I’m going to bookmark that. I’ll come back to that later. So the first thing is there’s an eyelid problem, not producing the proper tears that you need. And then second of all, you may not be getting enough healthy omega three fats and oils into your body. And this has an effect on producing the proper tiers. Number three, if you are on screen time, I would strongly consider a not using progressive lenses, you want to use a single vision lens that’s specifically and exclusively for the computer.

If you’re using progressive lenses, for your computer time, you are stressing your eyes out. And again, you can look at some of my other video blogs, on the pros and cons of progressive lenses. But if you’re doing long term focusing through a split lens, you’re asking for trouble. In addition, if you’re wearing a prescription that’s calculated either for distance or for reading, that’s going to weaken your eyes more, and your eyes are going to get more stressed. All of this is going to lead to dry eye. Another factor is and this is more of the functional aspect of your two eyes. Are they working together in a balanced way? I find when I test people, if they’re right handed, their right eye is doing 80% and their left eye is doing 20%. And in some cases, the brain is actually shutting off the left eye. So you have to get tested for visual coordination, depth perception, you have to ask your eye doctor for this type of test. And then finally, the eye nutrients that are missing vitamin A zinc, the B vitamins, vitamin C, vitamin E, especially the tocotrienols. Those are the new forms of vitamin E that I’ve discovered to be much better for your eyes than the old time vitamin D. And then you’ve got things like bilberry, lutein z is Anthon acid Xanthine you need to be getting these in into your diet.


Now in terms of eyedrops there are a lot of eyedrops on the market and


I have gone through extensive research and also I’m very fastidious about what I represent what I recommend in terms of eyedrops. So to start off with if you’ve got really bad dry eye You’re just not hydrating enough consider artificial tears. Oasis symbolizing has a new eye drop out that you could use it’s more in the homeopathic world. I like that one that’s very good. or and or my MSM eyedrops, and I would start with the 5% I might even consider the 15% I missed that works very well for or, again, calming down the eyelids and you can use that during the day. And then in the evening, I’ve developed a castor oil eyedrop. And I’m going to pause here and talk a little bit about castor oil.

There was actually a study that was done on the relationship between the meibomian gland meibomian gland dysfunction and dry eye and the researchers used a castor oil eyedrop as a substitute instead of using other eyedrops because of the oily nature of the castor oil. It substituted from the lack of oiliness and the inherent tears that people would produce. And they found that the meibomian gland dysfunction went down significantly. So in the evening, I would start using the castor oil I drop before bed. And again, start slow start easy. Sometimes if you use too much too fast, it creates a it triggers a detoxification experience, your eyes can even swell up, they can get puffy, they can get red, and we think it’s the eye drop. But actually the eyedropper is just trying to help you get rid of toxins in the eye.

So if you’ve had any kind of eye surgery, if you’ve been exposed to heavy metals or mold, or pesticides, the eyes are very vulnerable place where we absorb and we receive and internalize those toxicities. And since the eyes have the highest metabolic need in the body, you start using some natural products that’s going to trigger the release of these toxins. Now, in terms of systemic things, I think you need to get your thyroid checked, I think you need to get your estrogen levels, check your testosterone levels, your cortisol levels get an endocrine testing done. Because a lot of times, if you’ve got a metabolic imbalance, it causes the eyes to dry out. Okay, my last point, and this is one I’ve made quite a lot, but you may not have heard of it. And this has to do with the relationship between the liver, the gallbladder, and vitamin A. So, in order to be able to absorb vitamin A, it’s a fat soluble vitamin. And I’d also add lutein and zeaxanthin those plant based carotenoids, you need bile, which is produced in the liver and stored in the gallbladder to be able to absorb your vitamin A. And I can’t tell you the number of patients I’ve had over the years with dry with floaters, who have a challenge in their liver. And there could be a variety of reasons why. But in any event, if the liver is not producing enough bile, and it’s not stored in the gallbladder, you can have as much vitamin a and beta carotene.

If you’re not absorbing it, then it’s not helping you and vitamin A is critically important to improve dry eye syndrome. So the answer is to supplement with something called bile salts, that you would do this after a meal. And the bile salts will help you be able to absorb the vitamin A, and the lutein and zeaxanthin your fat soluble vitamins. And this could be a game changer in terms of your dry eye, especially if nothing else has worked. Now you could go to a Chinese medicine doctor and have them test your liver meridian, they can read your pulses, your gallbladder. And if you’ve got any issues going on, then I would definitely boost your liver health, your gallbladder health. And also I would consider maybe a few months of the bile salts after after meals.

So again, my approach doesn’t work for everybody. I tend to try to treat the cause and not the symptoms. And I know there are a lot of people out there that are just in such excruciating pain, and they just want some symptom help and I get that. But if you want to join my train, and you want to try to figure out what the cause is and treating the cause my approach works really well. Especially it lasts, it’s long lasting things don’t come back. So give it a try. Well, that’s my show for today. I’m going to continue up the mountain. I want to thank you so much for tuning in. Take care


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