Sunday, September 20, 2015

Can a Mediterranean Diet Help Dry Eye?

About Eating a Mediterranean Diet
Based on research and clinical experience, it is thought that eating a traditional Mediterranean diet reduces the risk of vascular diseases such as heart disease, cancer, Parkinson's Disease and Alzheimer's Disease. What about eating a Mediterranean diet to reduce the risk of eye diseases, problems and conditions? Recently, researchers tried to determine whether eating a Mediterranean diet could provide help for dry eyes.

About Mediterranean Diet & Dry Eye Problems
Reporting in the journal Cornea, researchers had patients fill out the Block Food Frequency Questionnaire and the Dry Eye Questionnaire 5 and then evaluated the quality and quantity of their tears and tear film. In addition, they measured serum levels of Vitamin D for each patient. Unfortunately, the final results suggested that eating a Mediterranean diet was not associated with an improvement in dry eye symptoms and complaints but higher vitamin D levels had a small but favorable effect on dry eye syndrome symptoms.

So, while the Mediterranean diet itself doesn’t directly reduce dry eye symptoms, it does seem to be an eating plan that can help promote health and prevent disease for your whole family.

If you or someone you know has questions about diet and dry eye or needs help for dry eye problems and symptoms, please feel free to call Eyecare Medical Group, 53 Sewall Street, Portland, Maine 04102 at 888-374-2020, visit Eyecare Medical Group, Google+ or to schedule an appointment.