Study Shows 70% of Dry Eye Patients Improve with Omega 3 Fatty Acids.

A hot topic currently in medicine revolves around the multiple benefits of increasing the Omega 3 Fatty Acids in our western diets. At Total Eye Care we have recommended increasing the essential fatty acids in our diet for many years. A pilot study, conducted by the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, on the efficacy Omega 3 Fatty Acids in the treatment of dry eye syndrome was published in the journal Cornea. 36 patients with dry eye syndrome were involved in the study. The control group was given a placebo and the study group was given a daily dose of 450 mg of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), 300 mg of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), and 1000 mg of flaxseed oil. The patient’s symptoms and objective findings were assessed at baseline and then again 90 days later.

The objective findings suggested that there was increased tear production as well as an improvement in fluorophotometry (the assessment of the tears with fluorescein dye), however more importantly 70% of the study group experienced an improvement in their symptoms versus only 7% of the control group. This data compares well with what we see clinically at Total Eye Care.

This article is the first in a four part series on using omega 3 fatty acids in the treatment of dry eye syndrome

5 responses to “Study Shows 70% of Dry Eye Patients Improve with Omega 3 Fatty Acids.

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  2. Diana Driscoll

    Well, I just have to add something here! (And for those of you wondering if Dr. Rich and I are truly married, and if we live in the same house — yes! We text each other regularly there. ha).
    Because I am in touch with so many patients who have both severely dry eyes AND who deal with chronic pain, I’d like everyone to know that Omega-3 has been shown, without a doubt, to help relieve chronic pain — especially spinal pain. So, heads up EDS, POTS, “chronic fatigue” and “fibromyalgia” patients. Some studies show that Omega-3’s are as effective as narcotic pain relievers for spinal pain. Here’s a link to get you started:

    • Hi! I know this is an old post but was reviewing some information concerning omega 3s for dry eye syndrome. I have had severe dry eye for years now with really no successful treatment. At this time I can’t even work because my job consists of computers and meeting goals of production. Computers make my eyes very dry and I find I’m in the bathroom constantly putting drops in. In the discussion concerning dry eye and omega 3s I have been using Puritan prides triple strength which is 950 mg of active omega 3. 62mg of EPA and 244mg DHA. This says only one a day. My question is whether or not one a day is enough and whether or not this is a good quality supplement. Thank you in advance.

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