Fish Oil May Fight Dry Eye Syndrome

Discussion in 'Eye-Care' started by Roman Bystrianyk, Nov 8, 2005.

  1. Robert Preidt, "Fish Oil May Fight Dry Eye Syndrome", Forbes, October
    26, 2005,

    Dry eye syndrome in women may be linked to their intake of dietary fat.
    But consuming foods rich in omega-3 -- such as tuna -- may reduce dry
    eye risk by 68 percent, according to a new U.S. study.

    Dry eye syndrome, a painful and debilitating eye disease, affects more
    than eight million people in the United States, predominately women.
    The syndrome is characterized by a decline in the quality or quantity
    of tears that normally bathe the eyes to keep them moist. Symptoms of
    dry eye include pain, irritation, dryness and/or a sandy, gritty

    Left untreated, dry eye can eventually result in scarring or ulceration
    of the cornea, and loss of vision.

    In the study, researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) and
    the Schepens Eye Research Institute, both in Boston, analyzed data from
    surveys of more than 37,000 women enrolled in the BWH-based Women's
    Health Study.

    "Our study set out to examine how changing dietary habits in America,
    primarily a shift in behavior of essential fatty acids we are
    consuming, may be associated with onset of this eye disease," study
    lead author Dr. Biljana Miljanovic, of the divisions of preventive
    medicine and aging at BWH, said in a prepared statement.

    "We found that a high intake of omega 3 fatty acids, often referred to
    as a 'good' fat, commonly found in fish and walnuts, is associated with
    a protective effect. Conversely, a higher ratio of omega 6, a fat found
    in many cooking and salad oils and animal meats, compared to omega 3 in
    the diet, may increase the risk of dry eye syndrome," Miljanovic said.

    Specifically, the study found:

    * Women with the highest levels of dietary intake of omega 3 reduced
    their risk of dry eye syndrome by 20 percent, compared to women with
    the lowest levels of omega 3 in their diets.
    * A dietary ratio of omega 6 to omega 3 greater than 15:1 was
    associated with a 2.5 times increased risk of dry eye syndrome.
    Currently, the average American diet has a similar ratio of omega 6 to
    omega 3, the study noted.
    * Women who reported having at least five servings of tuna per week
    were at a 68 percent reduced risk of dry eye syndrome, compared to
    women who had one serving of tuna per week.
    * Other kinds of fish that contain lower levels of omega 3 didn't seem
    to help protect against dry eye syndrome.

    The study appears in the October issue of the American Journal of
    Clinical Nutrition.
    Roman Bystrianyk, Nov 8, 2005
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    LarryDoc Guest

    Thanks for the link. This is not new information, by the way. I've been
    recommending omega 3s for years. Use it myself and many of my patients
    report some, and sometimes significant relief of symptoms.

    LB, O.D.
    LarryDoc, Nov 8, 2005
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    montygram Guest

    Yes, fish oil does all kinds of wonderful things (for those whose diets
    are overloaded with omega 6 PUFAs), but the problem is that it's like
    taking antibiotics, that is, you can't do it for months without doing
    serious damage to your body. Go to and search for DHA
    neuroprostanes, for example. And it also greatly suppresses your
    immune system, which again is why it looks going for "autoimmune
    diseases" which are caused by the omega 6 PUFA overload syndrome. Just
    keep your unsaturated fat intake low and you won't have to face any of
    these problems ("chronic disease").
    montygram, Nov 8, 2005
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    p.clarkii Guest

    fish and flaxseed oils have the same component, omega 3 fatty acids
    p.clarkii, Nov 8, 2005
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    Mark Probert Guest

    I have never heard of a fish with dry eye syndrome...this must work!!!!

    Forbes, October
    Mark Probert, Nov 8, 2005
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    Dr. Leukoma Guest

    I have also heard that keeping your head continually submerged with
    your eyes bathed in water will also prevent dry eye.

    Dr. Leukoma, Nov 8, 2005
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    Mark Probert Guest

    Do not quit your day job.
    Mark Probert, Nov 8, 2005
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    Nan Guest

    OK.......I followed the links and read the replies. Not much help for a
    specific problem.
    I've got map-dot-fingerprint, a variation of dry eyes, and take 1000
    mg of fish oil (with 180 mg of EPA and 120 mg of DHA in each capsule)
    twice a day.
    So far nothing has provided much relief. My eyes get doused with
    various liquid "relief"s all day long and that's the only help my
    doctors have suggested.
    Age 77, Type 2 diabetic with good control for maybe 15 years. I've had
    this miserable condition for.....?....over 50 years but only the last
    few years has it become painful and affecting vision.
    Nan, Nov 8, 2005
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    Sdores Guest

    My son uses the Visine for dry eyes and seems content with it. He does
    sometimes have to use it a lot when he has his contacts in. HTH! UM MOM
    Sdores, Nov 8, 2005
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    Dr. Leukoma Guest

    My advice is to see a corneal specialist, or someone who is experienced
    with treating dry eye. Bandage contact lenses are sometimes of great
    value. There is a type of lens called a scleral lens that maintains a
    fluid reservoir on the cornea to keep it moist.

    Dr. Leukoma, Nov 9, 2005
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    Nan Guest

    Thank you. That (the scleral lens) was one of the few suggestions I've
    gotten in the last year that makes sense. I go to the Doheny Group
    which, I think, has a connection to USC and I'll ask about the lens.
    Nan, Type 2
    Nan, Nov 10, 2005
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