In the wake of the 2023 devastating wildfires that ravaged Maui, a consequential and often overlooked issue has emerged—wildfire-induced dry eye. The compromised air quality, stemming from the smoke and haze, has become a pressing concern for those in close proximity to the fires, resulting in discomfort, inflammation, and vision problems. Responding to this unique challenge, Regener-Eyes® has stepped in, providing relief by donating bottles to those directly affected by the fires.
The aftermath of the wildfires has seen a surge in cases of environmentally induced dry eye among individuals exposed to the smoke and haze. For some, the loss of personal belongings, including essential medications, has only compounded the challenges. Playing a pivotal role is the team that hand delivered these bottles of Regener-Eyes ®, the Hawaiian Eye Foundation, a generous contributor, emphasizes the significance of collaborative efforts in both local and international relief.
Andrea, an avid user of Regener-Eyes® and a victim of the Maui wildfires, shares her firsthand experience: "Losing everything you worked so hard for the past 40 years is devastating, and I had just received my shipment of 3 bottles of Regener-Eyes. Let me tell you, the two bottles burning in the fire hurt. I carried a bottle in my purse, and thank God for that because we lived through the worst wildfire in the United States in the last 100 years. We survived the Lahaina, Maui fires of August 8, 2023. For a person with extreme dry eyes, the intense heat and sheer amount of smoke from that day and the days to follow were unbearable; the burning, itching, and redness from the smoke exacerbated my eye dryness. But, as I mentioned before, I carried a bottle of Regener-Eyes in my purse, and using it literally saved my eyes."
Andrea, who suffered from extreme dry eye since her retina detachment surgery in July 2022, faced additional challenges after losing everything in the wildfires. Thanks to the donations, she now has the supply she needs to move forward comfortably, providing some relief amidst the challenging circumstances. While it doesn't change the impact of the matter, it has created a improvement for her.
As Maui recovers, Regener-Eyes'® focus remains on contributing to broader relief efforts, recognizing the interconnectedness of environmental and community well-being. Regener-Eyes® is grateful for the opportunity to be part of the solution for those affected by the wildfires.