A recent study, conducted by ophthalmologist and cataract surgeon, Frank A. Bucci, Jr., showed a correlation between intake of a nutritional supplement known as HydroEye and increased lactoferrin levels.
Tear lactoferrin level is a diagnostic tool for dry eye syndrome, with levels below 0.9 mg/ml being indicative of dry eye. In patients with severe tear-deficient dry eye (keratoconjunctivitis sicca), 83.3% have tear lactoferrin levels below 0.9 mg/ml, and many have about half the level of tear lactoferrin found in normal eyes.
Dr. Bucci’s study found that lactoferrin levels increased by 56% over baseline levels and sustained a 50% increase for the remainder of the study in 13 patients who had normal levels at the study’s outset. These patients were given two capsules of HydroEye daily for eight weeks.
Dr. Bucci also found that levels of lactoferrin rose 40% when patients scheduled for Lasik surgery were given HydoEye for four weeks prior to surgery. This is an encouraging finding, since many patients who undergo Lasik surgery are at risk for dry eye and lactoferrin levels typically drop by about 20% post-surgery.
“I strongly suspect that we may be able to mitigate the expected drop in lactoferrin that Lasik patients experience by administering HydroEye pre- and post-Lasik,” says Dr. Bucci.
Dr. Max Henry, an Indiana-based ophthalmologist, treated an eight year-old male patient who presented with mild allergies and complaints of itchy, red and burning eyes along with blurred vision.
After trying various eye drops and lubricants with limited success over a period of two months, Dr. Henry decided to initiate a course of HydroEye, with drops to be used as needed.
“I was initially skeptical that a dietary supplement could improve this condition,” says Dr. Henry. “But after working in the macular degeneration field for some time
and seeing how nutrients can help so much with that condition I said why not try it.”
The patient reported significant improvement when examined six weeks after starting HydroEye. The burning sensation had abated and the frequency of drop use had declined to 2-3 times daily from several times hourly. His vision had improved from 20/20 to 20/15 and the blurriness had resolved.
One month later, the patient had been able to cut his HydroEye dosage in half and had also reduced his use of eye drops considerably.
The patient continued to improve and as of March 2002, eight months after starting the HydroEye treatment, he is doing well with no recurrent problems.
“We were ecstatic with the results,” says Dr. Henry. “His tests improved and he went from being quite incapacitated by his condition to living a happy and normal lifestyle.”
HydroEye is a proprietary blend of key nutrients that work together to produce a healthy tear film and support ocular surface health.
Black currant seed oil supplies both omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids in optimal ratios. It also supplies linoleic acid and gamma-linoleic acid (GLA), a unique omega-6 fatty acid found only in ultra trace amounts in most dietary oils. GLA appears to support normal tear secretion.
Cod liver oil is also an ingredient in HydroEye, as are Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Vitamin B6 and magnesium.
According to the American Optometric Association, an estimated 59 million Americans (1 out of every 5) suffer from symptoms associated with dry eye syndrome, including 75% of people over 65 years of age.
HydroEye was developed by Science Based Health, a privately held company that develops and markets nutraceuticals focused exclusively on promoting healthy eyes.
For further information visit: www.sciencebasedhealth.com.
Contributor: Paddy Kamen