Various institutions have
carried out studies on the tranquileyes and thermoeyes products. The
latest set of results were published in July 2007:
TEMECULA, CA . . . Forget the warm compresses, a new
study finds Tranquileyes Eye Hydrating System offers superior relief for
patients suffering from a wide-spread condition known as dry-eye.
Robert Gerowitz, OD, FOAA, who has been treating
dry-eye patients for more than 25 years, recently completed the
Thermoeyes System Holistic Approach to Dry Eye Study. The S.H.A.D.E.
Study compared the effectiveness of traditional warm compresses to Thermoeyes
heat packs used with the Tranquileyes goggles. For the study, Dr.
Gerowitz selected 14 patient volunteers and had them wear Thermoeyes on
their right eye and warm compresses concurrently on their left for an
eight-week period. This was in addition to any
lifestyle-dietary-pharmaceutical treatments they were already receiving.
The three factors he most wished to enhance for the
alleviation of Tear Evaporative Dry Eye was an increase Tear Break-up
Time (TBUT), an improvement in the Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD)
grading scale, and a lessening of patient subjective complaints. At the
same time, he wished to determine if he could "build a better
mousetrap" by not only going to a holistic dry eye treatment but
also make treatment more convenient and comfortable.
The results showed 1) The Thermoeyes system improves
Tear Break-up Time by 57% over standard warm compress, 2) The Thermoeyes
system was proven up to 223% more effective than warm compresses for
managing Meibomian Gland Dysfunction, 3) All patient symptoms decreased
or were all together alleviated.
Over 60 million Americans suffer from potentially debilitating dry-eye
symptoms and the numbers are growing. Dry-eye symptoms include fatigue,
dryness, redness, scratchiness and burning, and can be caused by
vision-correction surgery, contact lens use, low humidity environments,
prolonged computer use, allergies and certain medications – to name a
few. The most common cause of dry eye symptoms is normal aging.
July is Dry Eye Awareness Month and the perfect time to
raise awareness of effective dry-eye treatments. Tranquileyes goggles
naturally restore moisture by creating heat and increasing humidity
around the eye, which helps stimulate tear production and reduce the
evaporation of natural tears. Thermoeyes gel pad inserts boost the
intensity and duration of the tranquileyes moist heat treatment. The
extra heat helps open the meibomian glands which secrete the oily lipid
layer of the tear film, slowing evaporation of natural tears.
Many doctors recommend Tranquileyes Eye Hydrating
System for their dry eye patients. For example, Dr. Robert Latkany, one
of the country's leading dry-eye experts and author of the new book The
Dry Eye Remedy: The Complete Guide to Restoring the Health and Beauty of
Your Eyes, has tested Tranquileyes and now recommends the system for his
And Jonathan R. Pirnazar, M.D. was the Assistant
Clinical Professor in the Department of Ophthalmology at University of
California, Irvine when he tested Tranquileyes and found "All of my
patients experienced subjective benefits (i.e. extremely relaxing and
comfortable to use) and 75% recognized measurable improvement in their
dry eye condition within two weeks of using tranquileyes to enhance their
Tranquileyes goggles are hypoallergenic and made with
FDA approved materials. They feature a beautifully sculpted eye cover,
made from medical grade, flexible material. Fabric lined visco-elastic
foam especially designed to form to the face, cushions the eye cover,
providing increased comfort while controlling the temperature and
humidity within the eye environment. A uniquely designed adjustable
comfort wrap holds the eye covers in place and the stretch fabric ensures
no pinching, even with extended wear.
Eye Eco, Inc., based in Temecula, CA, is committed to
giving back to the community and donates a percentage of net sales to
non-profit organizations dedicated to finding a cure for Sjogren’s
Syndrome and other diseases that cause chronic dry eyes.
Dr. Robert Gerowitz is in private practice in Palatine,
Illinois. He specializes in Dry Eye Treatment and Orthokeratology. Dr.
Gerowitz has no financial interest in any of the products or companies
mentioned in this study.
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Results of Patient Study with Dr.
In the summer of 2005, Dr. Latkany conducted a study of dry eye patients
who wore tranquileyes. All 20 patients in the study had nocturnal
lagophthalmas (the inability to close the eyes at night) which can cause
dry eyes. It is estimated that 5% of the population sleeps with its eyes
Dr. Latkany used the OSDI score to determine the level of severity of
symptoms. Patients on average noted a reduction in overall symptoms from
33.85 to 22.4 after wearing tranquileyes at night for 1 month. A total of
85% of patients reported an improved quality of sleep.
“tranquileyes is a fantastic alternative to having to
put ointment inside the eyes or using tape to close the eyes.” Dr.
Latkany said. “Some patients found that the goggles achieved even a
better result than these two other therapies… Some people have claimed
tranquileyes has changed their life forever.’
About Robert Latkany, M.D.
Robert Latkany, M.D.
Founder/Director Dry Eye Clinic NY Eye & Ear Infirmary Center for
Ocular Tear Film Disorders at Laser & Corneal Surgery
Author of ‘The Dry Eye Remedy – The Complete Guide to Restoring the
Health and Beauty of Your Eyes’
Manhattan 212-832-2020 White Plains 914-328-5300 website: www.dryeyedoctor.com
Dry Eye Center of New York is committed to treating all disorders of the
surface of the eye. Dr Robert Latkany is the first New York Eye Doctor to
devote a significant portion of his practice to the treatment of dry eyes
and blepharitis. He founded and is the director of the Dry Eye Clinic at
the New York Eye & Ear Infirmary, the first Dry Eye Clinic in the
In his private office in midtown Manhattan Dr. Latkany
specializes in treating patients with Dry Eyes, Blepharitis, Pterygium,
Pingueculum, Corneal Ulcers, Corneal Scars, Corneal swelling requiring
Corneal Transplantation, Stem Cell deficiency, poorly healing Epithelial
Defects (non-healing skin-defects in the eye) that may require Amniotic
Membrane Transplants, Ocular Rosacea, and Styes. He also performs LASEK
or PRK for patients interested in refractive surgery.
Dr. Robert Latkany is a board certified and Cornea
& External Disease Fellowship Trained Ophthalmologist. He graduated
from Columbia University and the Boston University School of Medicine. He
did his Residency Training and Fellowship Training at the New York Eye
& Ear Infirmary.
Dr. Latkany is actively involved in Dry Eye research
and lectures nationally and internationally. He has published several
professional papers and has filed two patents.
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"Dry eyes is a common issue that can be very
debilitating. The cause and degree of severity are a function of an
individual’s physical condition, lifestyle and environment. While there
is no cure, people can help offset symptoms by keeping their eyes moist
using a combination of available treatments that include artificial
tears, Omega 3 supplements, flaxseed oil, RESTASIS, and a new product
Tranquileyes creates a high humidity, moisture rich
environment around the eyes that relieves symptoms of dryness by significantly
reducing the evaporation of natural tears. Studies have also found the
increased humidity may help improve the overall health of the eye by
thickening the outer layer of the tear film, thereby giving the eye back
some defense against evaporation.
All of my patients experience subjective benefits (i.e.
extremely relaxing and comfortable to use) and 75% recognize measurable
improvement in their dry eye condition within two weeks of using
tranquileyes to enhance their existing treatment.”
Pirnazar, M.D. is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of
Ophthalmology at University of California, Irvine. He is also an
attending Surgeon in Ophthalmology at the Veterans Administration Medical
Center in Long Beach, CA.
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