Diet Supplements Help Dry Eyes

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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Diet Supplements Help Dry Eyes

At The Eye Care & Surgery Center we see a great number of patients who suffer from dry eye problems and complaints. In fact dry eye is a very common condition we can help by using a range of treatment options that are targeted for the underlying cause of the dry eye. For a few patients, specially formulated artificial tears and lubricants may help dry eyes. For others we may need to insert microscopic plugs into the tear ducts or prescribe oral antibiotics, anti-inflammatory eye drops or even Restasis eye drops to help them make more of their own natural tears. For patients who have dry eye symptoms related to eyelid gland problems or rosacea we can help their dry eye with intense pulsed light of the IPL treatment. Now, we know that diet and the use of certain formulation diet supplements may also be of help for dry eyes.

Research on Help for Dry Eyes with Diet Supplements
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.

If you or someone you know needs help for dry eyes, please call The Eye Care & Surgery Center at 908-789-8999, visit The Eye Care & Surgery Center or to schedule an appointment.

The Eye Care & Surgery Center is located at 592 Springfield Avenue, Westfield, New Jersey 07090, 10 Mountain Boulevard, Warren, New Jersey 07059 and 517 Route One South, Suite 1100, Iselin, New Jersey 08830, and is conveniently located for patients from throughout central and northern New Jersey.