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Designed by a woman-led research team that opened the doors for dry eye nutritional therapy in 1998. BioTears systemically
address the root inflammatory cause and effects of dry eyes and is methodically redesigned when sufficient nutrition science
It's suggested in peer-reviewed literature that these specific nutrients support normal production of lubricants in other affected parts
of the body, such as mucous membranes of the mouth and vagina, and interior body surfaces such as joints and synovial
A biochemically intact tear film is necessary for optimal visual acuity.
BioTears Oral GelCaps contain the optimal blend of Omega 3 and Omega 6 essentials fatty acids, plus all the nutrient co-factors
suggested in peer-reviewed clinical studies to enhance the enzymatic metabolic conversion associated with the tear-specific series
one anti-inflammatory prostaglandin, PGE1.
BioTears Oral GelCaps include nutrients that are suggested in peer-reviewed clinical studies to appropriately inhibit the essential
fatty acid arachidonic acid production of the COX2 enzyme, the pro-inflammatory prostaglandin PGE2, and Interleukin Il-6.
BioTears Oral GelCaps include nutrients that are suggested to modulate goblet cell/mucin production in both the stimulated and
unstimulated tear, the lacrimal gland aqueous output, as well as the meibomian gland oil output, which is vital to the prevention of
evaporative dry eyes.
BioTears Oral GelCaps also contain APO-Lactoferrin, which is suggested to inhibit the growth of both viral and bacterial pathogens
and biofilms in the three-layer tear film, as well as modulate osmolarity and ocular surface tension.
We recommend you scroll up and visit the BioTears Scientific Rationale link for more information. The manufacturing link is at the
bottom of every page.
Recommended dosage: Four oral capsules per-day; two with each morning and evening meal.
Precautions: Coumadin patients should consult their primary care physician when taking this formulation. Pregnant or lactating
women, or individuals with medical conditions should also consult a physician before using. These statements have not been
evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, or treat any disease. The Root Causes of Dry Eye Disease:
Many different things cause dry eye syndrome. The normal aging of tear glands, as well as extended use of contact lens,
environmental pollutants, prescription drugs, refractive surgery, auto immune diseases, nutrient deficiencies and other disorders can
cause disruption in the tear production and retention process. Symptoms:
The typical symptoms of the dry eye syndrome include dryness, grittiness, irritation, difficulty reading for long periods of time,
burning and even the apparent contradiction of excessive tearing or watering. In extreme cases of dry eye, patients may become
unusually sensitive to light, experience severe eye pain, and start to notice diminished vision. Successful treatment may be needed
to avoid permanent damage.
Blepharitis can often cause dry eye symptoms due to inflammation of the eyelid margins, which is caused by a bacterial infection
(Staphylococci). This condition can compromise the quality of the tear film causing tears to evaporate more quickly. The bacteria
produce waste material that can cause a mild toxic reaction leading to chronic red, irritated eyes.
Extended Contact Lens Wear can result in dry eye from corneal oxygen and nutrient deficiency. Protein build-up on contact lens can
produce a breeding ground for bacterial growth and surface roughness, further contributing to inflammatory changes. Some contact
lens solutions contain preservatives that can also cause chemical irritation of the corneal surface and result in dry eye symptoms.
LASIK Surgery temporarily disrupts the ocular surface/lacrimal gland unit. Also, during LASIK, roughly 60-70% of the superficial
nerve fibers in the cornea are severed, which reduces sensation and affects aqueous tear production and delays wound healing.
With compromised sensation, the blink rate can slow to the point that the tear film breaks up before the next blink can reconstitute.
Though this condition usually clears up after a few months, it may result in mild to severe dry eye syndrome for several months after
Diseases that may be associated with dry eyes include Rheumatoid Arthritis, Sjogrens Syndrome, Diabetes, Asthma, Thyroid
disease, Lupus, and possibly Glaucoma.
Age - Dry eye syndrome affects 75% of people over age 65. Tear volume decreases from age 18 as much as 60% by age 65.
Hormonal changes cause decreased tear production brought on by pregnancy, lactation, menstruation, and menopause.
Medications that can cause dry eyes are antibiotics, blood pressure medications, antidepressants, diuretics, over-the-counter
vasoconstrictors such as Visine, antihistamines, birth control pills, appetite suppressants, and ulcer medications.
Computer Use causes most people to blink less frequently (about 7 times per minute vs. a normal rate of around 22 times/minute).
This leads to increased evaporation along with the fatigue and eye-strain associated with staring at a computer monitor. Any task
requiring a great deal of concentration can result in decreased blink rate.
The conventional treatment for dry eyes is to treat the symptoms not the cause:
Artificial Tears: Some form of over-the-counter artificial tears is usually recommended. Although they may provide temporary relief,
they merely palliate the symptoms. Worse, the preservatives can aggravate the condition, and can even kill corneal cells. Tears that
promise 'get the red out'
Punctal Occlusion: Punctal occlusion is a procedure used to help dry eye patients by closing the tear drainage canals with silicone
plugs, which keep most of the fluid from leaving the surface of the eye. This may provide long-term relief.
Dry Eye Supplement Comparison Chart
BioTears Oral GelCaps
Calories from Fat
(preformed retinol from cod liver oil)
Vitamin C (ascorbic acid)
(from cod liver oil)
(mixed tocopherols )
G Panthothenoc acid
R Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA)
Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA)
Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA)
Alpha Linolenic Acid (ALA)
Black Currant Seed Oil
N Borage Seed Oil
S Flaxseed Oil
Cod Liver Oil
(EPA 58 mg, DHA 42 mg)
Wild Sockeye Salmon Oil
Fish Oil Concentrate
(Marine Lipid Concentrate)
Total Omega 3 Fatty Acids
Mucin Complex (mucopolysaccharides)
(Aloe Vera Oil)
Turmeric (curcuma longa - root extract)
Lactoferrin (derived from milk compunds)
Mixed Tocopherol Concentrate
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