A Nutritional Approach To Managing Dry Eyes

A Nutritional Approach To Managing Dry Eyes

We often see patients who complain of dry eyes, which can cause discomfort, irritation, and even vision problems. There are several causes of dry eyes, including age, certain medications, and environmental factors, and there are various treatments available, including prescription eye drops, I-Relief™ Mask,  and REVITAL-EYES treatment, but nutrition can also play a role in managing this condition. If you have chronic dry eyes or dry eye syndrome (DES) there are some ways an eye doctor can help to relieve your symptoms, but you could also consider taking a nutritional approach.

Learn more about dry eyes by reading Why Do My Eyes Feel So Dry?

How Nutrition Might Provide Dry Eye Relief

Research has shown that a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids can be beneficial for managing dry eyes. Omega-3s are a type of polyunsaturated fat that the body cannot produce on its own and must be obtained through diet or supplements. They have anti-inflammatory properties and can help reduce the inflammation that can contribute to dry eyes. Some good sources of omega-3s include fatty fish like salmon, sardines, and tuna, as well as flaxseed, chia seeds, and walnuts. Try incorporating these foods into the diet or taking a high-quality omega-3 supplement.

Vitamin A
Another nutrient that can be beneficial for dry eyes is vitamin A. Vitamin A is essential for maintaining healthy eyes and can help keep the eyes lubricated. It is found in orange and yellow vegetables like carrots, sweet potatoes, and squash, as well as in leafy greens like spinach and kale.

Vitamins C, E, and Zinc
In addition to omega-3s and vitamin A, other nutrients that can be beneficial for dry eyes include vitamin C, vitamin E, and zinc. Vitamin C and vitamin E are antioxidants that can help protect the eyes from damage caused by free radicals, while zinc plays a role in the production of tears. Foods that are rich in vitamin C include citrus fruits, strawberries, and kiwi, and foods that are high in vitamin E include almonds, sunflower seeds, and avocados. Good sources of zinc include oysters, beef, and poultry.

In addition to a balanced diet, there are other steps that can be taken to manage dry eyes, including using artificial tears, avoiding air conditioning or other environments that can be drying, and taking frequent breaks when working on a computer or other device. It is important to note that while a balanced diet rich in these nutrients and certain lifestyle changes can be beneficial for managing dry eyes, it is not a substitute for proper medical care. If you are experiencing dry eyes, it is important to see an optometrist to determine the underlying cause and develop an appropriate treatment plan.

Do you wear contact lenses and have dry eyes? You may need to change the type of contact lenses you’re wearing or you may need to take a break and switch to eyeglasses. Learn more by reading How To Choose Contact Lenses For Dry Eyes.

Eat Well And See Your Eye Doctor For Comprehensive Dry Eye Relief

A nutritional approach can be beneficial for managing dry eyes. A diet rich in omega-3s, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, and zinc can help reduce inflammation, maintain healthy eyes, and promote tear production. However, it is important to remember that a balanced diet is not a substitute for proper medical care, and anyone experiencing dry eyes should see an optometrist or ophthalmologist to determine the underlying cause and develop an appropriate treatment plan.

To determine the severity and cause of your dry eyes, schedule an eye exam at Blink Eyewear so we can help you see clearly and comfortably. With three convenient locations in Crowfoot in NW Calgary, West Springs in SW Calgary, and Creekside in NW Calgary, Blink Eyewear can offer you excellent optometry services throughout the city. To book an appointment with Blink Eyewear, call 1-403-516-2292 or fill out the online contact form.


Artificial tears from eye drops can lubricate the cornea of your eyes and provide refreshing relief for dry eye symptoms. Ask your eye doctor for recommendations for drops that are compatible with your lenses.

Yes, if you feel any symptoms of dry eyes avoid touching your eyes at all. Instead, try blinking rapidly to naturally lubricate your eyes.

Yes. Although the dry air of winter tends to affect many Albertans, some people also get dry eyes in the spring and summer when trees are pollinating and allergens are in the air. If you get seasonal dry eyes that you suspect are related to allergies, visit your eye doctor and go for allergy testing.

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