‘Sauna’ for your eyes: Help for people suffering dry eye


A TREATMENT FOR YOUR EYES.>>HEALTH REPORTER HALEY HERNANDEZ IS HERE WITH HOW IT CAN GET RID OF DRY EYES.>>ACCORDING TO THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF OPHTHALMOLOGY, MORE THAN THREE MILLION WOMEN OVER 50 SUFFER FROM DRY EYE SYNDROME, BUT ONE LOCAL OPTOMETRIST SAYS IT’S SPREADING TO A LOT MORE PEOPLE, AND MUCH YOUNGER.>>I FELT LIKE I HAD A PIECE OF GLASS IN MY EYE.>>SOME CONSIDER IT MORE ANNOYING THAN DEBILITATING.>>LIKE SOMEBODY HAS A HAIR DRIER ON HI BLOWING YOU IN THE EYES. WHEN YOU BLINK, YOU CAN FEEL YOUR EYELIDS GOING DOWN ON YOUR EYE.>>Reporter: DR. LEE SAYS DRY EYES ARE BECOMING AN EPIDEMIC BECAUSE OUR SOCIETY DOESN’T BLINK.>>THE SMALLER THE SCREEN, THE LESS OUR EYE LATERAL MOVEMENT SENDS A SIGNAL TO THE BRAIN THAT SAYS WE DON’T NEED TO BLINK AS MUCH.>>Reporter: SHE SAYS SCREEN TIME IS FOR THE EYE GLANDS BECOMING DYSFUNCTIONAL AND DISAPPEARING.>>THE EMPTY SPACE MEANS THE GLAND IS COMPLETELY GONE FRP AND YOUNG PAIRNTSZ ARE COMING IN WITH IRREVERSIBLE PROBLEMS.>>THIS KID IS ONLY 13.>>Reporter: THIS CUP GOES OVER THE PATIENT’S EYEBALL, HOLDS IN HEAT AND PULSES. THINK OF IT LIKE A FACIAL FOR THE EYELID.>>IT’S A 12-MINUTE TREATMENT WHERE IT HEATS UP TO CERTAIN TEMPERATURE, MELTS THE CLOGGED OIL, THE HARDENED OIL, AND SUCKS IT OUT.>>Reporter: PATIENTS CAN RETURN TO WORK RIGHT AWAY, JUST DON’T FORGET TO BLINK. SHE SAYS PATIENTS NOTICE A CHANGE ALMOST IMMEDIATELY. IF YOUR GLANDS ARE ALREADY SEEING SIGNS OF DAMAGE, THIS IS NOT A CURE, JUST A HELPFUL ADJUSTMENT, BUT SHE WARNS NOT TO IGNORE DRY EYES. IF YOU GO YEARS WITHOUT TREATING IT, IT ONLY GETS WORSE.>>HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOUR GLANDS ARE DAMAGED?>>Reporter: YOU SAW THE PHOTOS. SOME OPTOMETRISTS HAVE THE ABILITY TO TAKE THE PHOTOS, KIND OF LIKE WHEN THEY DO THE GLAUCOMA TEST, THEY CAN TELL IF THERE’S DAMAGE, BUT IT’S NOT ALWAYS COVERED BY DAMAGE, SO

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