DHA and EPA Help People with Dry Eye Syndrome

By: Byron J. Richards, Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist
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A 12-week randomized controlled trial with fish oil in patients with dry eye syndrome showed significant improvement after 8 weeks, including a noticeable reduction in eye pain.

The study used EPA (1245 mg/day) and DHA, (540 mg/day). The authors concluded, “Fish oil supplementation added to usual care may be effective in the treatment of dry eye.”

DHA and EPA are known to benefit eye health in multiple ways. They help improve circulatory integrity within the eye, help reduce inflammation within the eye, and when consumed over time, build themselves into eye structures thereby having a “lubricating” effect.

This study shows they can be quite helpful in a difficult problem of dry eye syndrome. And they are quite helpful for eye health in general.

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