E198 Dry Eye Care with Dr. Jenna Zigler

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Dry eye is a real thing.

I have been managing dry eye disease for over ten years. At times, I have been unable to read for pleasure and I frequently struggled to get my work done with blurry vision and extreme eye discomfort. My own experience with dry eye disease is complicated by an inflammatory condition associated with having an auto-immune disease.

Lucky me.

Before finding treatment solutions through Eye Love, I was spending over $6,000 per year(!) to pay for the prescription medication that offered some relief from my symptoms. My experience may not be the norm (or maybe it is?), but using the Dry Eye Relief Kit and following their advice for improving my eye health has been invaluable.

Free lid and lash cleanser

 

Dry eye is becoming a more common problem for women over 45. In this episode, we find out why from my guest Dr. Jenna Zigler, co-founder of Eye Love. I am an enthusiastic customer of Eye Love and the company is sponsoring this show (Disclosure: I do NOT benefit from any purchases made through the links in this post).

 

Dry Eye eBook

Over-the-counter drops are not the answer

Eye Love generously provides free resources that educate you on practices that will increase the health of your eyes while benefiting your overall health. The sale of products through their online store eyelovethesun.com helps to fund their mission work offering free and reduced cost eyeglasses, eye exams, and treatment.

You can fund one pair of free eyeglasses with a donation of $10.

In this episode:

  • The most common symptoms

  • What are the different types of dry eye conditions
  • The reasons why we develop dry eye

  • Why women over 45 are especially vulnerable and how makeup/beauty products complicate prevention and treatment

  • How Dr. Jenna’s approach to treatment is different than typical eye doctors and why this approach works so well. Yin yoga?

  • Benefits of tea tree oil
  • Jenna and her husband Travis use a percentage of profits from sales to fund eye health education, exams, treatment, and distributing free eyeglasses on mission trips through the Eye Love Cares Foundation.
  • How stress influences hormones and inflammation and how that, in turn, impacts dry eye

Connect with Dr. Jenna Zigler,  Eye Love

I am a member of their Facebook group, a subscriber to their podcast, and I enjoy their YouTube channel. Call me a fan! Oh, and I’m also a very happy customer!

Here are all the links mentioned in the episode:

Eye Love

Eye Love Cares Foundation

→Free Rethinking Dry Eye eBook

→Free Heyedrate Lid and Lash Cleanser, just pay shipping

Facebook Group, Dry Eye Syndrome Support Community

YouTube Channel, The Dry Eye Show

The Dry Eye Show Blog

The Dry Eye Show Podcast on Apple Podcasts

 

About Dr. Jenna Zigler:

Dr. Jenna Zigler graduated in 2011 from The Ohio State University College of Optometry with Summa Cum Laude honors. She is the co-founder of Eye Love, whose mission is to heal 1,000,000 dry eye sufferers naturally.

Dr. Jenna and her husband use the profits from Eye Love to fund free and low-cost clinics in Jamaica and in the US. They also started a charity called the Eye Love Cares Foundation, which provides exams, glasses and
sunglasses for those in need, free education, and scholarships for students who align with their mission.

Previously, Dr. Jenna owned two optometry practices, which were sold in 2017 to focus on Eye Love and her other brand, Heyedrate. Dr. Jenna co-hosts The Dry Eye Show on YouTube and Facebook, leads and educates a community of over 10,000 dry eye sufferers, and blogs weekly on maintaining eye and total body health. Dr. Jenna enjoys running, traveling to Jamaica, exploring new restaurants and places she’s never been, and playing with her 2-year-old son, Jude.

 

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