Dry Eyes, The Fats We Eat and Simple Tips You Can Do…

Dry Eye Syndrome…Fats and Things

I just came across and article entitled, Oral omega-3 fatty acids treatment in computer vision syndrome related dry eye” which showed
that two capsules of omega-3 fatty acids each
containing 180mg eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and 120mg docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) daily for 3 months improved dry eye symptoms and eye

Here is some simple things you can do for dry eyes:

Aside from stop starring without blinking in front of a computer screen, dry eyes, especially when you wake up in the morning, can be helped by the following things:

– Cup your palms over your eyes for 2-3 minutes so you are starring into “blackness” every 1/2 ideally you are at the computer screen.

– Go on a trial of being off all alcohol, caffeine, obvious sugars and dairy products, wheat and eggs. Or just choose ALL your foods and drink from my Elimination Diet (BED Diet) for two weeks. You won’t die and other annoying symptoms will probably go
away that you didn’t know was caused by food!

– Drink 4-6 glasses of water daily.

– Take two tablespoons of cold pressed organic flaxseed oil daily and/or 360-540 mg EPA and 240-360 mg of DHA from either fish or algal oil (vegetarian from seaweed).

– Eat dark berries daily.

– Eat handful of greens and handful of orange yellow vegetables daily.  

– For 1 month take also:
Vitamin A 5000 IU/d (not beta-carotene but vitamin A – retinol)
Vitamin C 1000-2000 mg/d
Vitamin D 2000-5000 IU/d
Culturelle 2/d (probiotic)

– Watch allergens around your bedroom if wake up in the morning with dry eyes (foods night before, dust, animals, windows open, mold on floor).

– Watch you medications, especially antihistamines.

Additional References:
Omega-3 essential fatty acids therapy for dry eye syndrome: a
meta-analysis of randomized controlled studies.” CONCLUSIONS: From this meta-analysis omega-3 fatty acid supplementation was associated with better (greater) tear break-up time (TBUT) and Schirmer’s test. From these findings omega-3 fatty acid offers is an effective therapy for dry eye syndrome.  

Effectiveness and tolerability of dietary supplementation with a combination of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids and antioxidants in the treatment of dry eye symptoms: results of a prospective study.” CONCLUSION:  Dietary supplementation with a combination of omega-3 essential fatty acids and antioxidants (Brudysec® 1.5 g/daily for 12 weeks) was an effective treatment for dry eye.

A randomized controlled trial of omega-3 fatty acids in dry eye syndrome.” CONCLUSION: Omega-3 fatty acids at one capsule (500mg) two times a day each containing 325mg EPA and 175mg DHA for 3 months improved dry eye syndrome. The benefit seems to be greater in conditions such as blepharitis and meibomian gland disease.

A randomized, double-masked study to evaluate the effect of omega-3 fatty acids supplementation in meibomian gland dysfunction.” CONCLUSION: Oral omega-3 fatty acids, 1.5 grams per day, may be beneficial in the treatment of MGD, mainly by improving tear stability. 

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