Top Tips for Helping Dry Eyes by Marc Grossman, OD, LAc

The innermost layer of the surface of the eye is an aqueous mucous layer that forms the bulk of the tears, and contains electrolytes, a variety of proteins, and water. This layer is vital to a stable ocular surface, since it allows the tear film to actually adhere to the eye. Workers spending the most time on the computer have the lowest concentrations of an essential component of the mucous layer of the tear film, mucin 5AC, which contributes to their dry eye syndrome.

  • Blinking – especially while working at the computer. When you work at the computer your blink rate decreases sharply. Researchers have discovered that equally important with blinking is blinking completely. Making sure that when you blink you close the eyelids completely makes a large difference in reducing the symptoms of dry eye and computer eye syndrome.
  • The tear film and the blinking process also make vision possible.

Tear film is the moisture-laden surface of the eye, consisting of three layers (mucus layer, aqueous layer & lipid layer). These interrelated layers work together to remove debris from the surface of the eye, and to lubricate and protect the surface of the eye.

Blinking, normally about 10-12 times a minute, is a natural function that helps maintain this tear film. However, while focusing on a computer screen in order to maintain focus, blinking slows to an average of 3-4 times a minute. A slower rate of blinking and/or incomplete blinking means that the tear film is not distributed across the surface of the eye and we experience irritation and fatigue. The tear film begins to become unstable and thin after only 10 seconds without complete blinking.

  1. Proper ergonomics – The goal is to optimize the “fit” between each worker and his or her work environment to optimize performance and reduce the risk of eye strain
  2. Diet and Nutrition
  • Avoid sugar and/or artificial sweeteners
  • Avoid the toxic fats
  • Take Probiotics
  1. Drink water – Drink 8 glasses of water a day.
  2. 20/20/20 rule-Every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds
  3. Use Eye drops when needed – Artificial tears are eyedrops used to lubricate dry eyes and help maintain moisture on the outer surface of your eyes.
  4. Blue  light filters -glasses for the computer that filter out the blue light have been shown to be helpful in reducing dry eye symptoms
  5. Warm compresses -should be done 2-3 times a day for 10 minutes at a time

Warm compress or a eye mask help dry eyes. As it opens oil glands and allows natural oils to flow back into the eye relieving discomfort from aging, contact lenses, use of digital devices and more.

  • Physical exercise- a brisk daily walk. A Japanese study concluded that an increase in the level of physical activity can be an effective intervention for the prevention of and/or treatment of dry eye disease.
  • Eye Massage – Gently massage your upper and lower lids, a couple of times a day to stimulate the tear glands. Better yet, do this while in a warm shower.
  • Blue Light Filtering Software.
  • Blue Light Filtering Screen Protectors
  • Turn on ambient lights
  • Increase computer and smartphone font size
  • Take breaks

Marc Grossman, Doctor of Optometry and New York State Licensed Acupuncturist is author of several books, including Natural Eye Care – Your Guide to Healthy Vision.  Since 1980 Dr. Marc Grossman has helped many people maintain healthy vision and even improve eyesight. He is best described as a Holistic Eye Doctor, dedicated to helping people with such conditions ranging from myopia and dry eyes to potentially vision threatening diseases as macular degeneration and glaucoma. His combined multi-disciplinary approach using nutrition, eye exercises, lifestyle changes and Chinese Medicine provides him with a wide array of tools and approaches to tackle difficult eye problems. Dr. Grossman founded the Rye Learning Center in 1980, a multidisciplinary center for learning problems, in 1996 co-founded Integral Health Associates in New Paltz, New York, and in 1999 co-founded Natural Eye Care, Inc. For more information go to or call 845-255-8222.



Top Tips for Avoiding Myopia (Nearsightedness) by Marc Grossman, OD, LAc

Nearsightedness affects around 1.6 billion people worldwide. A study predicts that 49.8% of the world’s population will be affected by myopia by 2050 – that’s a whopping 5 billion people! So below are my top tips to slow down this visual epidemic…

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Cataracts: an Integrative Medical Approach, Part Two by Marc Grossman, OD, LAc

There is a strong correlation between the risk of cataract onset and the patient’s diet. Subjects who ate the most meat had the highest rate of cataracts, and those who ate fish but not meat had a lower rate. Vegetarians had a lower rate and vegans had the lowest rate of cataract incidence.

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Cataracts: an Integrative Medical Approach, Part One by Marc Grossman, OD, LAc

The holistic and Eastern Medicine approach seeks to look at each person as a unique individual so treatment strategies can often vary from person to person even with the same diagnosis. By combining the medical approaches of the East and West along with other alternative health modalities, we may be able to achieve better health with less cost and greater success in helping patients preserve vision.

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Glaucoma: An Integrative Medical Approach by Dr. Marc Grossman, OD, LAc

Glaucoma (chronic open angle) is the most common form of glaucoma, and is an insidious disease that can be difficult to detect until a significant amount of vision is lost. The reason it is so dangerous is that most people with glaucoma have no symptoms. Many feel no pain, and most have 20/20 visual acuity, although possibly only straight-ahead vision. But left untreated, glaucoma can slowly steal your peripheral vision until you think you’re peering through a tunnel (at best) or until you go blind (at worst).

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How to Help Prevent Macular Degeneration by Marc Grossman, O.D., L.Ac

The Western diet, high in fats, is associated with a higher risk of macular degeneration. Researchers have found that a high fat diet gives rise to weak gut microbiota resulting in poor digestion and long-range, low-grade inflammation in the entire body. These factors appear to be the source of high rates of AMD in men who are overweight.

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Preventing Eye Disease by Marc Grossman, O.D., LAc & Michael Edson, M.S., LAc

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The typical Western diet, with refined grains, too many sugars and processed foods and poor oils is an inflammatory diet, contributing to or ultimately causing chronic inflammatory disease, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, dementia and eye issues. The high inflammation level in the body is reported to be an important factor in premature mortality. Diets rich in fruits and vegetables as well as being low in refined carbohydrates, along with targeted supplementation of antioxidants helps keep one’s body and eyes healthy and free of disease.

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How to Take Care of Your Eyes by Dr. Marc Grossman, OD, LAc

Headaches, squinting and eyes that burn, ache, water or tire easily are indications that the visual system needs help. Most people are born with the potential for good eyes and sight. Vision, however, is learned. And the way you use and care for your visual system directly affects your enjoyment of play, school or work. Your visual system can undergo tremendous stress.

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Helping Our Aging Eyes by Dr. Marc Grossman, OD, LAc

Problems with eyesight can occur at any age, but in seniors they are more common. For most eye conditions, the risk rate increases for those over 70- or 80-years old. However, many of the eye conditions that arise as a result of age are considered to be normal by many medical professionals, although physiological or biological compensations are possible. Aging does increase the risk for some sight-threatening eye conditions, which is why it is important to be informed and to have regular eye check-ups.

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Integrative Vision Care & Nutrition by Marc Grossman, OD, LAc

Mind/Body medicine is based on the fact that our health and well-being depend on all the individual parts to work together effectively. So it should come as no surprise that healthy eyesight is also dependent upon our total well-being, which is affected by our genetic makeup, the food we eat, our work environment and exposure to airborne toxins, as well as our general belief systems about ourselves and the world we live in.

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