Can Diet Supplements Help Dry Eyes?

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Can Diet Supplements Help Dry Eyes?

Dry eyes and dry eye problems are extremely common complaints we hear from patients at Doctor & Associates. Fortunately, we are able to offer patients a wide range of treatment methods to help dry eyes including inserting tiny plugs into the eyelid drainage ducts, artificial tear and lubricants, anti-inflammatory eye drops, oral antibiotics for certain rosacea problems and even prescription eye drops called Restasis to help patients make more of their own natural tears. 

Based on research 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 with the combination supplements of omega-3 essential fatty acids and antioxidants. Thus, this was an effective treatment for dry eye.

If you or someone you know has questions or needs help for dry eyes, please call Doctor & Associates-203-227-4113, visit Doctor & Associates in Fairfield County or to schedule an appointment.

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