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Dear Kids Organic,
Thank you for your website about harmful chemicals. I read on your site about the harm from Benzalkonium Chloride (BAK) which is in cosmetics.
I'm also concerned that it is in many glaucoma eye drops contains a benzene-related chemical. Benzene is well documented to cause bone marrow damage.
I've been sent six pages detailing eye problems caused by eye drop preservatives, published in OPHTHALMOL 2001 Jun: 8(6):74-80. This states eye drop preservatives can cause toxic inflammatory changes of the ocular surface, fibroblasts, dry eyes, cell death, etc.
Xalatan glaucoma eye drops contain more of this chemical than most.
Perhaps preservatives could be reduced if manufacturers instructed patients to store drops in the FRIDGE. Most glaucoma drops donít have to be refrigerated after opening - just kept at room temperature.
Manufacturers probably add extra preservatives to enable them to be stored at room temperature.
We read that drops can be kept bacteria-free for a week or two, so why don't manufacturers supply drops in smaller bottles lasting just a week? Then they could omit preservatives.
A new preservative, Purite, Stabilized Oxychloro Complex (SOC), dissipates into the natural components of tears & so is much less toxic & more suitable for long-term use. Some glaucoma patients could be using eye drops several times a day for over 35 years.
We should press for preservative free drops etc!

Best wishes,
A. Wills

Thank you, Reader Wills. Any comments or natural suggestions?---K.O.

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