Stinging, scratchy, painful eyes?

Published on Sun Jul 19, 2015 - 2 min read

Published by: Bryan Bradford

You could be suffering from the symptoms of Dry Eye.

By Bryan Bradford, Chief Nutrition Officer of Sunflower Shoppe Natural Foods

June 19th, 2015

We have seen an increase in customers suffering from the symptoms of dry eye lately and that prompted us to do some research on the subject. We have found that more than 3.2 million women and 1.68 million men over the age of 50 experience the symptoms of dry eyes and the numbers keep escalating!

Causes of dry eye include:

  • Medications

  • Hormones

  • Allergens


  • Environmental pollutants

  • Contact lenses

  • Aging

One of the main reasons for the increase in dry eye is excessive screen time. Blinking is very important when working at a computer; blinking moistens your eyes to prevent dryness and irritation. Studies have shown that while we are working with computers, smartphones and tablets, people blink less frequently, about one-third as often as they normally do, and many of these blinks are only partial lid closures.

There are various treatments for dry eye, but one of the best ways to combat this uncomfortable condition is from the inside out.

Omega 7 Fatty acids from Sea Buckthorn help by:

  • Reducing Inflammation

  • Build the composition of tear film and mucus membranes

  • Help cells retain moisture

Sea Buckthorn fruit is naturally high in carotenoids, a fat soluble pigment that is responsible for its bright yellow-orange color. You might recognize Beta Carotene, Lutein, Lycopene and Zeaxanthin as supplements you already take for eye health. These antioxidants are present in the Sea Buckthorn fruit and will enhance the Omega 7 benefits for overall eye health as well as reduce the inflammation that causes our eye to get dry and stay dry.

Not only is Omega 7 (Sea Buckthorn) good for our eyes, but it also helps with dry hair and skin, weight management and even liver damage. Sea buckthorn oil can help soothe the mucosal tissue in the digestive tract and may also be useful in treating gastric ulcers. It can also work for other gastrointestinal tract problems, including upset stomach and constipation. Stop in the Shoppe to learn more.

The content and opinions expressed in this “Shoppe Talk” blog are not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any illness or to provide medical advice. We are not medical doctors and we do not prescribe medication. If you have any questions about the relationship between nutrition and supplements, we recommend that you seek the advice of a qualified and licensed health practitioner. Our opinions are based on the literature and data from a variety of medical doctors, chiropractors, naturopathic physicians, biochemists and other professional researchers. You are encouraged to make your health care decisions based on your own research and the advice of a qualified health care professional.

Tags: dry eyes

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Bryan Bradford

Bryan Bradford is the lead nutrition specialist, Certified Health Coach and Chief Nutrition Officer and one of the founding family members of Sunflower Shoppe.

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