What the doctor should tell you about your health but he doesn`t


´╗┐Earlier this year, contact lens wearers around the world got a scare when news of an outbreak of an eye infection called fungal keratitis came out. This fungal eye infection can be treated relatively easily if caught early, but more established cases may lead to a need for a corneal transplant or worse, loss of the affected eye.

According to the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC), as of May there had been 130 confirmed cases of fungal eye infections in the US in a one year period and of those cases, all but 5 were in contact lens wearers. 37 of these people have required corneal transplants. Bausch and Lomb's ReNu with MoistureLoc contact lens cleaning solution has been blamed by some for the outbreak, since 76% of contact lens wearers who contracted fungal keratitis used that particular solution, while it holds only a 10% market share in contact lens cleaning solutions. The product has since been pulled from the market while investigations continue. The consensus seems to be that the fungus is not present in the solution itself, but rather that it forms a film in contact lens cases that prevents disinfection of the case. The fungus itself, Fusarium, is quite common and can be found in water, soil, and plants, so could easily end up in contact lens cases that are not properly disinfected. There have been cases in Europe and Asia as well, and links to ReNu products there are being investigated.

There are several steps that soft contact lens wearers can take to protect themselves from fungal eye infections, many of which they should be doing already in routine proper care of their contact lenses. First, if people have any of the ReNu with MoistureLoc solution, they should stop using it and throw the rest away. Second, follow basic hygiene good sense, like washing your hands before you touch your contact lenses. Clean your contact lens case thoroughly, store it where it will not get contaminated, and replace it periodically. There are new lens cases available that are made with antimicrobial agents to prevent contamination. Don't mix old and new cleaning solution, and don't wear lenses longer than their prescribed schedule.

If you are afraid you may have a fungal eye infection, seek help right away. Symptoms include blurry vision, clouding of the eye, loss of vision, excessive irritation, discharge, lesions on the eye, and new sensitivity to light.


´╗┐Dry Eye Syndrome is a very common phenomenon causing lots of problems to millions of people all over the world. It is caused due to the deteriorating quality of the tear lining. A physically fit and healthy eye would be covered by a tear film. It is that fluid which remains between the blinks making your eyes wet.

The tear lining helps to keep your eyes free from infection and bacteria. It gives the eye a clean and clear vision without any irritation. The tear lining removes the dirt and any other dust particles that cause friction in your eyes.

When the productivity of fluid from your tear glands gets lessened, it leads to irritation and dry spots on the cornea - a reason for a weakened vision. It can easily be induced by various polluting factor in the environment.

Old age is also one of the factors leading to dry eye syndrome. Due to the increasing age factor our body produces less oil resulting in less fluid production. A very common phenomena among women who tend to have drier skin than men. This oil deficiency affects your tear film.

Other reasons like hot, dry or windy climate, high altitude, air-conditioning, cigarette smoke and air pollution can cause dry eyes. You can face this problem while reading or working in front of the computer for long hours. A good relief would be by blinking your eyes to keep in wet and healthy.

Wearing contact lenses also creates dryness in your eyes. Some particular medications, thyroid problems, Vitamin A deficiency, diseases like Parkinson's and Sjogren's can also be reason for dry eyes. A hormonal change during the time of menopause creates issues for women.

You can keep an 'eye' on certain signs and symptoms, which can be easily detected if suffering from dry eye syndrome. Itching, burning, irritation, redness, tiredness of eye, mucus surrounding your eye and many more can are the known signs.

Fatty acids are very important for our eyes as well as body. It helps in producing the right amount of energy for your body as well as maintaining good mental health. This deficiency of fatty acids can be taken through your diet.

Essentially there are two categories Omega 3 and Omega 6 which should be taken in 4:1 ratio. Consumption of almonds, walnuts including their oil, seeds of sesame, sunflower and their oil is very good. A diet which has borage oil, grape seed oil, primrose oil, soybean oil, whole grains can be very useful to avoid dryness in your eye.

Omega 3 can be found in cold water fish like salmon, mackerel, sardines and herring. Fresh vegetables, flaxseeds, walnuts and canola oil would help to prevent any dry eye syndrome.

Simple Remedy

Dip a small towel in warm water, wring it. While lying down keep this towel on your eyelids for 15 minutes. Do this at least three times a day.

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