20% off select lettered vitamins. savings of list and regular price. shop now.
plus get free shipping on orders over $25. Order by 6 p.m. ET Ships same day. Learn more.
Reorder products. See your order history.
FREE SHIPPING on orders of $25 or more.

How to get FREE Shipping:
1. Place your online order of $25 or more*
2. Ship to an address within the United States (including U.S. territories)
3. Your shipment should arrive within 2-6 business days from your order

* Your total purchase must reach the designated amount after any discounts are applied and prior to the costs of shipping and tax.
Order by 6, We'll Ship the Same Day

Domestic orders placed Monday - Friday by 6 p.m. Eastern Time will be packed and shipped the same day, pending verification of billing information and the shipping method selected. International orders and orders containing gift cards, out-of-stock items or refrigerated items will be processed as quickly as possible, but won't necessarily be shipped out the same day.

Excludes all orders placed on major US holidays (Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year's Day).

 

Health Guides
Health Concerns
Vitamin Guide
Herbal Remedies
Homeopathy
Weight Control
Sports & Fitness
Women's Health
Men's Health
Safety Checker
Food Guide
Newswire
Personal Health Tools
 Print this article
 

Nutrients May Ease Dry Eye

Nutrients May Ease Dry Eye: Main Image
Black currant seed oil and fish oil supplements significantly improved dry eye symptoms
Nutrients that ease inflammation may bring relief to people who suffer from an uncomfortable condition known as dry eye (keratoconjunctivitis sicca). A study in Cornea found that people with chronic dry eye who took a gamma-linolenic acid and fish oil supplement experienced less inflammation and a welcome relief from irritating symptoms.

Healthy oils may relieve inflammation

In this study, 38 postmenopausal women with moderate to severe dry eye were randomly assigned to: an oral supplement containing black currant seed oil (a source of gamma-linolenic acid), fish oil, and vitamins C and E; or an oral placebo (sunflower oil), for six months. Participants filled out questionnaires about their symptoms and had eye examinations.

Results showed that compared with placebo and after 24 weeks of treatment, the supplement group experienced a significant improvement in symptoms, and decreased inflammation and improved smoothness of the cornea (a transparent layer covering the eye).

The study authors comment, "Nutritional supplementation with black currant seed oil (GLA) and fish oil should be considered in the treatment of tear dysfunction to decrease irritation symptoms and prevent exacerbations."

Why dry eye?

The experience of dry eyes can be very unpleasant leading to symptoms such as pain, irritation, and burning, and can interfere with a person's vision. For some, this may be a fleeting experience experienced at high altitudes or in dry climates, but for others this can become a chronic condition. When the condition becomes chronic it can cause inflammation of the cornea and can damage the eye.

The link between nutrients and dry eye. Risk factors for developing dry eye includes older age, being a woman, wearing contacts, smoking, dry environments, certain medical conditions, and now dietary factors are being included in the potential causes, according to the study authors.

Prior research has shown that symptoms, clinical signs, and blood tests that measure inflammation improved in people with dry eye who took supplements containing linoleic acid and gamma-linolenic acid alone, or combined with fish oil, according to the study authors. Both gamma-linolenic acid and fish oil may help by reducing inflammation, and as the authors point out, these nutrients have also been shown to reduce pain in people who have chronic inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis.

Talk with a doctor. If you suffer from dry eyes or eye irritation, see a doctor and talk with him or her about the cause and your treatment options. Before taking supplements, talk with a doctor about the risks and benefits.

(Cornea 2013;0:1-8 doi: 10.1097/ICO.0b013e318299549c)

Jane Hart, MD, board-certified in internal medicine, serves in a variety of professional roles including consultant, journalist, and educator. Dr. Hart, a Clinical Instructor at Case Medical School in Cleveland, Ohio, writes extensively about health and wellness and a variety of other topics for nationally recognized organizations, websites, and print publications. Sought out for her expertise in the areas of integrative and preventive medicine, she is frequently quoted by national and local media. Dr. Hart is a professional lecturer for healthcare professionals, consumers, and youth and is a regular corporate speaker.
 
sign up. save 10%

invalid email address entered. please try again.

 
almost there! click sign me up for exclusive coupons, great deals, early access to sales and info on how to stay healthy & fit.  view our privacy policy.
*first time customers only