A study published in the July 2011 issue of “Current Opinion in Ophthalmology” shows some promising new information about the treatment of dry eye symptoms . Although more investigation is still necessary, the study concluded that systemic and topical omega-3 fatty acids and omega-6 fatty appear to be effective in treating symptoms of dry eye. Essential fatty acids have previously been used in the treatment of other eye diseases and are most notably associated with a reduced risk in age related macular degeneration.
The study summarized that “the use of essential fatty acids as a nutritional supplement is a novel treatment for patients with dry eye syndrome”.
Eyecare Medical Group currently recommends the use of supplements such as flaxseed oil and fish oil for dry eye patients that include essential fatty acids.