A study conducted in the Department of Ophthalmology, Keio University School of Medicine,Tokyo, Japan on physical activity effects on dry eyes was just published in the Journal of Ophthalmology.

Dry eye disease is a multifactorial chronic disease that has become highly prevalent in Japan, as well as in many other countries, including the U.S. It presents with various symptoms and can significantly affect quality of life of those afflicted.

The consequences of dry eye disease are physical, social and psychological, because it results in impaired visual function, and, too often, psychological problems. It’s now viewed as an important public health problem here and elsewhere because of its high prevalence in the general population.

This study suggests that current lifestyles are partially to blame for this disease. Biosyntrx has been extensively writing about this subject for the past few years. We, as a country, spend way too much time in front of display terminals, including laptops, tablets, readers and smartphones.

Dry eye disease proved to be far more prevalent in this study among people who sit in front of computers for six to eight hours a day and others who get very little exercise.

Because physical inactivity and sedentary lifestyles are detrimental to health, addressing these behaviors has also become a global public health priority. Those who tend to sit for long periods of time generally suffer from lower back pain and eye strain, which is proving to be an important contributor to the development of dry eyes.

This study specifically looked at lack of physical activity and sedentary behavior associated with dry eye disease. The study included 672 office workers between the ages of 26 and 64 years. They were classified into categories based on results of clinical dry eye examinations, including Schirmer’s test, fluorescein and lissamine green staining, tear film break up time (BUT) and a completed self-reported symptom questionnaire: definite dry eye disease, possible dry eye disease, and no dry eye disease.

Physical Activity Level

The short form of the International Physical Activity Questionnaire was also used on the study participants to determine physical activity during leisure time, domestic work, paid or unpaid work and transport.

The participants were questioned on the specific types of physical activity in which they participated at any time during their daily routine: walking, moderate-intensity activity, and vigorous intensity activity. Scores for each type of activity were calculated by summing the scores for duration and frequency.

The study results clearly show that a higher level of physical activity is associated with a lower risk of dry eyes and that sedentary behavior is associated with dry eye disease.

The study investigators 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, as well as helping alleviate other diseases including pain in the neck, shoulders and / or low back, as well as chronic depression.
Ellen Troyer, with Spencer Thornton, MD, and the Biosyntrx staff​

PEARL:  WALK ON! This study further supports the Biosyntrx 2014 decision to provide Fitbits for all of our employees and their spouses, as well as all of our consultants.

The millions of doses of our doctor-recommended BioTears that have been purchased by repeat dry eye patients also speaks to the safety and efficacy of this oral formulation designed to support healthy tear film formation. It’s sold with a 90-day full money back guarantee.

In case you might have missed it, one of our favorite business journals, Fast Company featured Biosyntrx and devices like Fitbit in an October article they wrote on the pros and potential cons of encouraging employee fitness.

Our excitement about the use of Fitbits is just a part of the Biosyntrx commitment to providing healthy lifestyle education around the three pillars of health: dietary intake, well-designed supplementation and fitness.

The reference for today’s Pearl and a surgical instrument announcement from our friends at Crestpoint Management can be found here.