Dry eye problems affect many people we see at Eyecare Medical Group. Depending on the cause of the dry eye problems, we are fortunate to be able to help dry eye symptoms and complaints with specially formulated artificial tears, ointments, microscopic punctual plugs we can insert into the tear drainage canals, anti-inflammatory eye drops, oral antibiotics and even prescription eye drops called Restasis that help you make more of your own natural tears. Research now suggests that certain diet supplements may also be useful in helping dry eye symptoms and problems.
Research on Diet Supplements & Dry Eye
According to researchers reporting in Clinical Ophthalmology taking dietary supplements that contain a combination of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids and antioxidants can be helpful in the treatment of dry eye symptoms. A study was conducted to understand the effectiveness and tolerability of dietary supplements containing a combination of omega-3 essential fatty acids and antioxidants for help for dry eye symptoms and complaints. The researchers wanted to know if the dry eye diet supplements helped scratchy and stinging sensation in the eyes, eye redness, grittiness, painful eyes, tired eyes, grating sensation, and blurry vision. After 12 weeks of taking the supplements all individual symptoms improved significantly from an average rating of 11.9 to 6.8 indicating that dietary supplementation with a combination of omega-3 essential fatty acids and antioxidants was an effective treatment for dry eye.