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Dry Eye Supplements.

Posted in 'General' on December 24, 2014 by Stuart Macfarlane

Every patient with dry eye is different but most have one thing in common: the eye drops are inconvenient. If you suspect you may have dry eye, please see our page on Dry Eye syndrome. If you already know that you have dry eye, at your next appointment we will be discuss with you natural treatments and supplements as well as the doses that may help the underlying cause of your specific condition.

Some supplements which may help individuals with dry eye include omega-3 supplements, gamma linoleic acid and vitamin C.

  • Omega 3 is found in flaxseed oil and in fish oil. Flaxseed oil is found in capsule and liquid forms. Some people purchase whole flax seeds and grind them up to add to their food. Fish oil is also found in pill form, and of course getting the oil directly from fish such as tuna, salmon, and sardines works as well.
  • Gamma Linoleic Acid (GLA) is found in certain vegetable oils and eye supplements.
  • Vitamin C used in combination with GLA has shown in studies to improve dry eye syndrome.   
Again, all cases of dry eye vary. Dry eye is caused by many different things and affects people differently. People's diets also affect the absorption of omega-3. While there are many health benefits to eating healthy and a well balanced diet, there are a wide variety of factors your optometrist will take into consideration before making a recommendation to help alleviate the symptoms of dry eye.