When trehalose is used in the eye, it allows the cell membranes to be stabilized. It protects cells from breaking down, maintains proteins, and retains water, acting as an osmoprotectant. In the conjunctiva and corneal epithelial cells specifically, trehalose retains water and suppresses apoptosis. The cells are actually able to be repaired.
Watch below as Dr Clara Chan discusses the role Trehalose has on the Ocular Surface.
These are exciting times for those of us who treat dry eye disease. We are experiencing a dramatic shift in our understanding of the structure of tears and their role in the maintenance of the ocular ecosystem. In this presentation a leading expert reviews the latest insights into the development of artificial tears to manage this commonly seen condition.
The Evolution of Artificial Tears
This presentation on the modern management of dry eye disease and blepharitis was made by Clara C. Chan, MD, FRCSC, FACS, Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto Department of Ophthalmology and Vision Sciences, on July 14th 2021.
Watch the full webinar below.
Relieve dry eyes with the bioprotection and osmoregulation of Thealoz® Duo. Preservative- and phosphate-free, Thealoz® Duo is a unique dry eye treatment that restores the eye’s normal environment by combining the bioprotective properties of trehalose and the moisturizing effect of sodium hyaluronate.