Can a Mediterranean Diet Help Dry Eye?

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Can a Mediterranean Diet Help Dry Eye?

At The Eye Care & Surgery Center we are always looking for ways to help patients with dry eyes or dry eye problems and symptoms. 

Research has shown that eating a Mediterranean diet reduces the risk of heart disease, cancer, as well as a reducing the incidence of Parkinson's and Alzheimer's Diseases, and thus raises the question of whether the traditional Mediterranean diet might be helpful for any eye problems. Researchers tried to determine whether eating a Mediterranean diet could provide help for dry eyes. Reporting in the journal Cornea, the researchers had patients fill out the Block Food Frequency Questionnaire and a Dry Eye Questionnaire, and then studied their tear film, measuring its quality and quantity along with blood levels of vitamin D.

Unfortunately, the 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 a question about dry eyes or needs help for dry eye problems or symptoms, please call The Eye Care & Surgery Center at 908-789-8999, visit The Eye Care & Surgery Center, Google+ or to schedule an appointment.

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