Over the years there have been numerous studies which have shown there is a direct link between dietary intake of omega 3 and dry eye symptoms:
The more omega 3 in the diet the lower the symptoms of dry eyes
The only contentious issue is the type of omega 3 that will work best:
Other ingredients thought to help reduce dry eye symptoms are those with antioxidant or anti-inflammatory effects. Also certain vitamins and minerals can work in synergy with the body to help maximise the effects of the omega 3 oils.
Therefore, finding the perfect blend of EPA, DHA, ALA and GLA from animal and plant sources is essential.
You can do this by increasing the amount of the omega 3 rich foods, or taking a supplement that blends these together in an easy to take capsule.
Flaxseed oil provides ALA which is broken down in the body and converted into EPA and DHA, two compounds that are beneficial to eye health and can reduce the effects of dry eye by increasing and locking in moisture.
Similar to flaxseed oil, borage oil provide GLA (Gamma Linolenic Acid) which helps the body produce oils that can help to reduce redness and discomfort associated with dry eye.
Known for its anti-inflammatory properties, turmeric contains curcumin an effective antioxidant that alleviates oxidative stress that contributes to common eye disease progression such as glaucoma, macular degeneration and cataracts.
It also helps reduce the inflammatory process a common part of dry eyes.
Oily fish are an excellent source of the two key types of omega-3 fatty acid: DHA and EPA. Key dietary sources include:
• Seaweed (one of the few vegan sources)