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Air Pollution Linked to Dry Eye Syndrome in Study

Posted 19 Nov 2013 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 19, 2013 – Residents of American cities with high levels of air pollution are much more likely to develop dry eye syndrome than people who live in cities with cleaner air, a new study shows. People living in and around cities such as Chicago and New York City were three to four times more likely to be diagnosed with dry eye syndrome than those in urban areas with lower levels of air pollution. Dry eye syndrome – a deficiency in tear production – can severely hamper someone's quality of life and productivity. The condition affects up to 4 million Americans aged 50 and older. Its symptoms include excessive tearing, discomfort wearing contact lenses, and stinging and burning in the eyes. In this new study, researchers analyzed the medical records of more than 600,000 U.S. veterans who were treated for dry eye syndrome in nearly 400 VA eye clinics between July 2006 and July ... Read more

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Health Tip: Possible Causes of Dry Eye

Posted 21 May 2013 by Drugs.com

-- You produce tears to help keep your eyes moist and protected from irritants. But dry eye can make your eyes vulnerable and uncomfortable. The National Eye Institute says possible causes of dry eye include: Certain medications, including birth control pills, antidepressants, antihistamines and blood pressure drugs. Diseases of the eye or nearby skin. Damage to the eye, such as from chemical exposure. Health conditions, such as thyroid problems, allergies or immune disorders. Irritation caused by use of contact lenses, or after LASIK surgery. Pregnancy, hormone replacement therapy or some homeopathic remedies. Not blinking frequently enough during use of a computer screen. Read more

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Health Tip: Managing Dry Eyes

Posted 8 Feb 2013 by Drugs.com

-- Dry eye occurs when you don't produce enough tears to keep the eyes lubricated. The problem can cause discomfort and affect vision. The American Optometric Association suggests how to help manage dry eyes: Blink frequently while staring at a computer or TV screen. Run a humidifier. Wear sunglasses (the wraparound kind are best). Talk with a medical professional about whether supplements with fatty acids may help. Drink at least 8 glasses of water per day. Read more

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Swallowing Nasal Sprays, Eye Drops Can Harm Kids, FDA Warns

Posted 26 Oct 2012 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Oct. 26 – Over-the-counter eye drops or nasal decongestant sprays can pose a serious health threat to children who swallow them and should be kept out of the reach of kids at all times, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns. These products – sold under brand names such as Visine, Dristan and Mucinex, as well as generic and store brands – contain active ingredients called imidazoline derivatives. "Children who swallow even miniscule amounts of these products can have serious adverse effects," FDA pharmacist Yelena Maslov said in an agency news release. Between 1985 and 2012, there were 96 reported cases in which children aged 1 month to 5 years accidentally swallowed products containing imidazoline derivatives in the United States. Although there were no reported deaths, 53 of the children had to be hospitalized due to symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, sleepiness, fast ... Read more

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FDA Medwatch Alert: Over-The-Counter Eye Drops and Nasal Sprays: Drug Safety Communication - Serious Adverse Events From Accidental Ingestion by Children

Posted 25 Oct 2012 by Drugs.com

ISSUE: FDA is warning healthcare professionals and the public that accidental ingestion by children of over-the-counter eye drops used to relieve redness and nasal decongestant sprays can result in serious and life-threatening adverse events. The eye drops and nasal sprays that have been involved in the cases of accidental ingestion contain the active ingredients tetrahydrozoline, oxymetazoline, or naphazoline. The cases of accidental ingestion reviewed by FDA occurred in children 5 years of age and younger. No deaths were reported; however, serious events requiring hospitalization such as nausea, vomiting, lethargy, tachycardia, decreased respiration, bradycardia, hypotension, hypertension, sedation, somnolence, mydriasis, stupor, hypothermia, drooling, and coma have occurred. Ingestion of only a small amount (1-2 mL; for reference, there are 5 mL in a teaspoon) of the eye drops or ... Read more

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Dry Eye Syndrome Common in Winter

Posted 31 Jan 2011 by Drugs.com

SATURDAY, Jan. 29 – Dry eye syndrome is common in winter because of cold, dry outdoor air and dry indoor heat, says an eye expert. Symptoms include pain, blurred vision, a scratchy or burning sensation, or even watery eyes as the eyes try to compensate for the dryness, explains Pittsburgh-area ophthalmologist Dr. Michael Azar. "Because both dry eye and allergies can cause watery eyes, differentiating the two conditions can be difficult and may require an eye exam," he said in a news release from the Institute for Good Medicine at the Pennsylvania Medical Society. Dry eye can occur at any age, but is more common among older adults, especially post-menopausal women. In some people, dry eye syndrome may be related to: Conditions that affect the ability to produce tears, such as scleroderma, rheumatoid arthritis, and collagen vascular diseases. Certain medications, such as diuretics, ... Read more

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FDA Medwatch Alert: NuCel Labs Eye Drops and Eye-Ear Wash Products

Posted 31 Jan 2008 by Drugs.com

[Posted 01/31/2008] NuCel Labs and FDA informed consumers and healthcare professionals of a voluntary nationwide recall of all Eye Drops and Eye/Ear Wash Products. The products were recalled after testing indicated the presence of bacteria and particulate matter, deeming these products non-sterile. Non-sterile eye drops pose an unacceptable risk of causing eye infections, which in rare cases could lead to blindness. No illnesses or injuries have been reported to date. There are no lot numbers or expiration dates on the products. Consumers who have the product should discontinue use of the product and return it to NuCel Labs. See the manufacturer's press release for return shipping information.[January 31, 2008 - Press Release - NuCel Labs] Read more

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FDA Medwatch Alert: MBI Distributing, Inc. [Molecular Biologics] Over-The-Counter Eye Drops and Pain-Relieving Drugs

Posted 30 Nov 2005 by Drugs.com

[Posted 11/30/2005] FDA notified consumers, caregivers, and healthcare professionals that MBI Distributing, Inc. (MBI), also known as Molecular Biologics, an over-the-counter [OTC] drug manufacturer of eye drops and other products will cease manufacturing and distributing drugs until it corrects manufacturing deficiencies and other violations. MBI's product line includes eye drops sold under the brand names Oxydrops, Bright Eyes, Bright Eyes II, Clarity Vision for Life, Visitein, and Can-C, as well as several OTC pain relieving drugs. These products are sold by retailers nationwide.FDA determined that the firm lacked manufacturing controls to ensure that its eye drops were sterile. FDA has also determined that two of the firm's eye drop brands, Visitein and Clarity Vision for Life, are unapproved drugs. In addition, three of the firm's OTC pain relieving drugs, Biogesic, Bio-Ice, and ... Read more

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FDA Medwatch Alert: GenTeal Gel and GenTeal GelDrops

Posted 22 Nov 2005 by Drugs.com

[Posted 11/22/2005] Novartis Ophthalmics and FDA notified healthcare professionals and patients of a voluntary recall due to a lack of sterility assurance of seven lots of two products, GenTeal Gel and GenTeal GelDrops, intended for use to relieve dryness of the eye. While the risk of potential contamination is believed to be very low, contaminated product could cause infections in susceptible people. The five lots of GenTeal Gel include about 142,500 tubes that were distributed nationwide from March to November 2004.The two lots of GenTeal GelDrops include about 12,000 dropper bottles that were distributed nationwide in October 2005. Test results for GenTeal Gel indicated the presence of mold in a small number of samples, leading Novartis to initiate a recall of the five lots. The species of mold that is suspected is generally not harmful, but has the potential to cause an eye ... Read more

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For Men Over 50, Odds of Eye Discomfort Increases

Posted 12 Jun 2009 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, June 12 – Here's more bad news for men turning 50: After their half-century mark, about 4 percent of males develop dry eye disease, making it one of the most common eye conditions and reasons for seeing an eye doctor in the United States, researchers say. Dry eye disease causes a persistent dryness, itching or burning sensation in the eyes, according to the North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society. Some people with dry eye disease also say that it feels like they have sand or grit in their eye. While research has shown the condition is more common among women, about 1.68 million men over age 50 in the United States have it, Debra A. Schaumberg of Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston and colleagues noted in the June issue of the Archives of Ophthalmology. Among men, increasing age, high blood pressure, benign prostatic hyperplasia (a noncancerous enlargement of the prostate) ... Read more

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Cyclosporine Eye Drops a Good Deal for Dry Eye

Posted 10 Feb 2009 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 10 – Eye drops that contain the immunosuppressant drug cyclosporine may be a cost-effective treatment for dry eye syndrome that doesn't respond to other therapies, a new study suggests. Dry eye occurs in 15 percent to 34 percent of older people, according to background information in the study. Cyclosporine is used to treat arthritis and psoriasis, and to reduce organ transplant rejections. "Patients with dry eye syndrome have more difficulty reading, carrying out professional work, using a computer, watching television and driving compared with those without dry eyes," wrote Dr. Melissa M. Brown, of the Center for Value-Based Medicine and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and colleagues. The researchers gave eye drops containing a 0.5 percent emulsion of cyclosporine to patients with moderate to severe dry eye syndrome that didn't respond to conventional ... Read more

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