Now that’s interesting! “So what else is in this,” I ask. “Nothing,” said Ms. Kleyne. Nothing---except acidic water with a ph of 6.4. “So you’re saying you need to have a more acidic ph in the eye,” I confirm. “Exactly,” she says. Now, Ms. Kleyne, who created Nature’s Tears, is not an M.D. or PhD. But, Dr. Michael Ehrenhaus, an ophthalmologist at Long Island College Hospital, doesn’t agree with the ph. “The pH that they’re claming is actually incorrect for the ocular surface. If they’re claiming 6.5, it’s going to sting if it gets in the eye.”
The tears of an eye contain a lot of things like nutrients, protein, electrolytes, it’s a lot more than just water. Dr. Ehrenhaus told us, “You don’t actually want water in the eye. You can actually put yourself at risk to get an infection.” Ms. Kleyne replies, “We’re the first tear film product that we can say can penetrate the tear film.” But even Ms. Kleyne admits the tear film has a layer of lipid, or fat, on the outside.
How can water penetrate that? “We know that waters and fats don’t mix, at least that’s what I was…,” I start to say, interrupted. “Water wouldn’t but this particular water applied with that very fine mild micron size of mist absorbs and penetrates. If you would splash the water, douse the water, squirt the water, no.” SO THE MIST IS THE KEY. “Nature’s tears eye mist…just a mist…,” confirms the website advertisement.
Dr. Ehrenhaus adds, “I mean how much you can actually wash the eye surface if it is a very fine mist. I wouldn’t use it for my patients for dry eye therapy.” It’s a tearful ending to this dry eye story. Dr. Ehrenhaus says you do want a drop that is gel like, and has several components including electrolytes.