Why Women Suffer so much from Dry Eye-And How They Can Find Relief

More than 16 million Americans reported suffering from a condition known as dry eye, and the total can reach 30 million.

Women suffer twice as often as men from this often painful condition, with symptoms such as irritation, scratching or burning in the eyes, sensation in the eyes, excessive tearing and blurred vision.

Why is dry eye more common in women? One of the reasons is that the use of the computer, make-up and wearing contact lenses can worsen the disease, says John D. Sheppard, M.D., M.M.Sc., president of Virginia Eye Consultants. Hormonal changes during menopause and pregnancy can also affect the eyes. And the incidence of dry eye increases with age.

Now, women can find alleviation of these symptoms thanks to NovaBay Pharmaceuticals (NYSE MKT: NBY) eyelid hygiene product, Avenova.

The density of the bacteria that develop on the eyelids and eyelashes is a root cause of many cases of dry eye.

“These bacteria can block the lidomas, which produce an oil that prevents our tear film from evaporating,” says Dr. Sheppard. “Without enough oil, the eyes dry up and become painful.”

The bacteria also release toxins that cause inflammation and produce an enzyme that endangers this essential oil layer.

First, fight Dr. Sheppard and her colleagues over-bacterial overpopulation directly with Avenova Eyeliner Spray. The main component of Avenova is Neutrox, a pure formulation of 0.01% hypochlorous acid, a substance that our white blood cells naturally produce to combat microbial invaders.

“Avenova does an excellent job at removing excess harmful bacteria,” says Dr. Sheppard. “In addition, it directly inactivates the lipase enzyme that destroys our essential oil.”

Dr. Sheppard and her colleagues also treat dry eye with oral omega-3 supplements and essential fatty acids to fight inflammation.

These natural, organic and extremely safe approaches Sheppard’s own patients make great improvements. “It is possible that women no longer have to suffer from this often-pai

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