Chronic Dry Eye
Chronic Dry Eye is a medical condition that can result from the eyes’ reduced ability to produce tears. Recent studies show it affects more than 3.2 million Americans. While statistically chronic dry eye affects more women than men, it may still affect men. And although it affects older people more often than a younger person, it may affect any one of any age.
And, yes, it is excruciatingly painful.
The following is my personal story of the agony of chronic dry eye and my own testimony of what positive changes I noticed after taking the natural supplement, StemEnhance.
My Own Experience with Chronic Dry Eye
Symptoms of Chronic Dry Eye appeared about a month after a total hysterectomy. The operation threw me into menopause, which hit hard and fast. For me, there were no hot flashes, but there was a sense of loss, anger and disconnection [depression] and my entire body started drying out. I could not sleep at night without bottled water on the nightstand to drink [throughout the night]. My skin and hair became dry. Yet, of all the side effects of the hysterectomy, Chronic Dry Eye caused me the most discomfort and pain.
Instead of refreshing the eyes, sleep often made my dry, itchy, painful problem much worse. Waking up each and every day to excruciating pain, that often lasted from 15 minutes to a few hours, was incredibly difficult to endure. The extent of drying up that my entire body experienced caused my eyes to dry in my sleep, causing the eyelids to adhere to the eyeballs [somewhat like dry contacts stick when they have been in the eyes too long.] Upon awakening, the mere act of opening my eyes would cause the eyelids to inflict little rips into the eyeball, causing intense pain. Yes, enough to cry. And cry I did. The moisture from crying would soothe the scratched eyeballs and alleviate the pain, to some small degree for a few minutes. However, I quickly learned to resist the natural impulse to rub the eyes - finding out that it only increased the pain.
My daily regimine was simple. - Keep my eyes moist 24/7 by constantly wetting my eyes throughout the day and having a spritzer by my bedside at night. I awoke throughout the night, whenever my eyes started to dry out, and I would spritz them [interupting my sleep]. I would also spritz them thoroughly upon awakening - before opening them. Sometimes, it worked. Sometimes, it did not. If I forgot, I suffered, sometimes for hours. One especially bad episode lasted for days making even normal functions difficult.
After months of enduring the pain, I went to an opthamologist. She told me I had Chronic Dry Eye and wanted me to take a prescription and said that perhaps I should consider surgery on the tear ducts. Surgery made no sense to me. Plugs in my tear ducts? No thank you. And with my aversion to prescriptions, I decided to research and find another way. Over the counter gels and eyedrops provided only slight comfort that didn't last long. I tried many of them - the most expensive, the least expensive and many in between.
Since I did not have the chronic dry eye problem before the hysterectomy, I needed to find out what changes occurred within my body as a result of the hysterectomy. And more importantly, since I could not undo the hysterectomy, what could I do to remedy the situation? I got all the answers such as; "it's a part of aging" or "just learn to live with it", and they were not acceptable to me, therefore, I needed to do my own research.
The results of my research are as follows
- Over 3.2 million people in the U.S. have Chronic Dry Eye
- 1 in 12 women over 50 have experienced Chronic Dry Eye
- Most cases of dry eye affect women who have gone through menopause
- Men and children may suffer from chronic dry eye, too
- Tears are composed of water, oils, mucus and special proteins
- Dry Eye is caused by an imbalance in tear composition or insufficient amounts
- Eyedrops are often prescribed to keep the eyes moist
- Surgery to plug the tear ducts is a another option
- Essential Fatty Acids, especially Omega-3s, are recommended supplements
- Many medications aggrevate the problem
- Hormone Replacement Therapy reportedly makes the problem worse (why?)
- Dry eye increases the risk of infections of the eyes and permanent vision problems
- Left untreated, dysfunctional tear production often gets worse
- Iodine is concentrated in the lacrymal glands of the eye; a lack of iodine can cause dry eyes
- Lasik eye surgery brings on chronic dry eye in some individuals (which, although a different cause, may respond to treatment similarly)
The real question that no one seems to answer is ~
Why if one's diet is unchanged, would dry eye affect menopausal and post-memopausal women, including those who have had hysterectomies, so overwhelmingly?
It cannot have to do with the amount of essential fatty oils and Omega 3's I consumed [since it remained unchanged]. It must be in the assimilation of Omega 3's and other essential fatty oils. What significant hormonal changes have occured in my body? What hormones have been depleted or imbalanced [from aging or from removing the ovaries] to such a degree as to affect the assimilation of these oils? And if the Omega 3's are no longer being assimilated what other essential nutrients are also not being absorbed? This is a critical issue in maintaining wellness, preventing future illness and slowing down the aging process.
As of yet, I have not found an exact answer. Although, it appears that the declining levels of testosterone is one culprit. Testosterone plays a critical role in maintaining the tear-making lacrimal gland. Yet, hormone replacement therapy (as reported above) reportedly makes the problem worse. Perhaps the bio-identical hormones would work. Yes, I must keep researching.
Iodine is also necessary for the lacrymal gland to funtion. So it is essential to have an adequate supply of iodine. In any case, since mine came upon me so quickly after surgery, it was not caused by a lack of iodine. However, perhaps the removal of the ovaries affected the assimilation of iodine. If this is true, it could also occur with normal menopause, too.
Luckily, I did happen across a product that I believe is responsible for the relief of the pain of my dry eyes. ~ StemEnhance ~
My personal testimony of StemEnhance
After nearly resigning myself to a future of eye pain and continuous spritzing, I heard about StemEnhance [from StemTech Health Sciences, Inc] . I felt I had nothing to lose by trying the product which promised to increase my own adult stem cell production and migration to areas of my body in need of repair. I took 2 capsules in the morning and 2 more at night. After taking the blue-green algae supplement for less than 3 weeks, I could open my eyes in the morning without spritzing them nor did I have to spritz them many times throughout the night. Coincidence? Maybe, but I think not. Nothing else in my life had changed. My diet was still the same and I still took the same other supplements. The only difference had been adding StemEnhance to my daily regimine. And for me it has made all the difference in the word. What a Godsend!
Chronic Dry Eye is no laughing matter. It hurts. It hurts a lot. The commercials for Restasis™ [a prescription drug for chronic dry eye] used to make me snicker. I thought, "What's the problem. If your body doesn't produce enough tears - then cry more." I thought it was that simple. But, I was wrong. Little did I know that I, too, would soon experience the intense pain of dry eye.
And now I can live with it. Or perhaps, the truth is, I no longer have to live with it... as it appears to be gone.
NOTE: Since I originally wrote this article, a few other improvements have occurred. Can I attribute all of these changes to StemEnhance? Coincidence? Truthfully, only God knows.
- I no longer wake up 3 to 4 times during the night to use the bathroom. If I get up at all, it is usually only once. And I sleep deeper and wake up with more energy. I even sleep through storms.
- I seldom get headaches anymore. I used to wake up nearly every day with a dull headache at the base of the skull. But no longer, that alone is quite incredible.
- My eyesight has also improved. I have worn glasses since I was nine years old and every time I had my vision checked it would the same or be worse, never had it improved. The last visit to the optician was the first time my eyesight has ever improved. The downside is that I just spent nearly $500 on a pair of glasses only 3 months ago and may have to replace the lenses again.
- My last AC1 test for diabetes scored within the normal range at 5.7 (having previously scored at 6.1). The doctor said he no longer considers me to be diabetic. Now, granted, the score of 6.1 wasn't excessively high, but still, it has improved.
Interesting, isn't it? I thought so, too. And yes, that is why I became a StemEnhance distributor.
Given the amazing improvement with my dry eyes, I plan to take StemEnhance for a long, long time. I'd like to see what other improvements the stem cells in my body will make. Therefore, I wanted to get the product at the best price possible, so I decided to become a distributor of StemEnhance. I also wanted to build a business with a product of which I have a personal testimony. For more information on StemEnhance, the product and the StemEnhance business opportunity click here. Listen to the audio tapes, read the articles, read the Q and A, and check the various links.
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What have you got to lose by trying StemEnhance? Nothing. Ok, a bit of money if it doesn't work for you (which would truely surprise me) and significant improvement if it does [and a business opportunity, if that interests you.] However, you don't have to be a distributor to buy it, you can click here to purchase StemEnhance. HINT: To get a better price, go on autoship. You can stop any time, add more or less bottles to your order any time and get free shipping with autoship of just four bottles. Autoship can be set up for any day of the month making it incredibly convenient. And it can be changed, if the need arises.
One very sad note is that often someone will order the StemEnhance and only order 1 bottle and since they didn't get the results they anticipated will not order another bottle. Often in trying to help your body heal itself, it requires patience and time. I would continue to use the product for at least 3 months before I decided that it wasn't working for me. Give your body a chance to heal....
And by the way, the original article was written in 2007 and I still love StemEnhance.
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