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6 Vitamins for Dry Eyes

It’s common knowledge that our diet can affect our health and how we feel on a day to day basis. We don’t often realise that what we eat can also affect our eyes. 

 

Luckily, there are certain vitamins and minerals that boost eye health. This can be especially beneficial if you suffer from Dry Eye Syndrome, which is where your eyes feel itchy, sore, gritty, blurry or irritated on a regular basis.1 Adding in vitamins which boost eye health to your diet, combined with a regular treatment plan, can reduce symptoms and improve your quality of life.

 

We’ve created a list of six vitamins and minerals that can be found in foods we eat on a regular basis, to boost your eye health and help chronic Dry Eye. 

 

Vitamin A

 

Vitamin A aids in keeping your cornea clear, helping you to see.2 Studies have also shown that Vitamin A may be associated with a reduced risk of cataracts and age-related macular degeneration (AMD).3 For Dry Eye patients, these things can be helpful to protect and strengthen the eyes. Vitamin A can be found in high quantities in sweet potatoes and carrots.4

 

Vitamin E

 

Many eye conditions, including Dry Eye Syndrome, are believed to be associated with oxidative stress, which is an imbalance between antioxidants and free radicals in your body. 5 Vitamin E is an antioxidant, so can it protect eye cells from damage by free radicals, which are harmful, unstable molecules. 6 Avocados, almonds and sunflower seeds are all good sources of Vitamin E.7

 

Omega 3

 

Omega 3 fatty acid has been found to help reduce inflammation in the eyes and aid in tear production, which makes it extremely beneficial for Dry Eye patients. 8 The most common source of Omega 3 is cold water fish like salmon, but chia seeds, soy and nuts are also good sources. 9

 

Vitamin C

 

Vitamin C is an important part of any diet. 10 Like Vitamin E, it is an antioxidant, which makes it beneficial for eye health. 11 It is also a building block which helps the body create collagen, a protein that provides structure to the eyes. 12Citrus fruits, peppers, tomatoes and strawberries are all great sources of Vitamin C. 13

 

Riboflavin 

 

Riboflavin, or Vitamin B2, is also an antioxidant that can help eye health. Health authorities recommend consuming 1.1–1.3 mg of riboflavin per day. 14It’s usually easy to achieve this amount, as many foods are high in riboflavin. Some examples include oats, milk, yogurt, beef and fortified cereals. 15

 

Vitamin D

 

Last but not least, research has found that Vitamin D might play a role in protecting against the development of dry eyes by improving factors linked to the coating of tears that cover the front of the eye. It may also help reduce inflammation on the surface of the eye. 16 The most obvious source of Vitamin D is sunlight, but fatty fish, shellfish and mushrooms are also good sources. 17

 

It is important to consume all of these vitamins as part of a healthy balanced diet, and whilst they may help ease Dry Eye Symptoms they are not a cure and should be adopted along with a treatment plan that is discussed with a medical practitioner. 

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If you want to learn about how lifestyle changes can help Dry Eye, click here.

 

To see more foods that are good for your eyes, click here.

 

References

  1. NHS England, ‘Dry Eyes’, https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/dry-eyes/, Accessed Jan 2022. 
  2. Meixner, Makayla, ‘The 9 Most Important Vitamins for Eye Health’, Healthline, 25/07/18, https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/eye-vitamins, Accessed Jan 2022.
  3. Seddon, J, M, Ajani, U, A, Sperduto, R D, et al, ‘Dietary Carotenoids, Vitamins A, C, and E, and Advanced Age-related Macular Degeneration.’, JAMA, 1994 Nov 9;272(18):1413-20.
  4. Vimont, Ceila. ‘36 Fabulous Foods to Boost Eye Health’, American Academy of Opthamology, 10/01/20, https://www.aao.org/eye-health/tips-prevention/fabulous-foods-your-eyes, Accessed Jan 2022.
  5. Dogru, Morat, Kojima, Takashi, Simsek, Cem, Tsubota, Kazuo, ‘Potential Role of Oxidative Stress in Ocular Surface Inflammation and Dry Eye Disease’, Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science, November 2018, Vol.59, DES163-DES168.
  6. Meixner, Makayla, ‘The 9 Most Important Vitamins for Eye Health’, Healthline, 25/07/18, https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/eye-vitamins, Accessed Jan 2022.
  7. Vimont, Ceila. ‘36 Fabulous Foods to Boost Eye Health’, American Academy of Opthamology, 10/01/20, https://www.aao.org/eye-health/tips-prevention/fabulous-foods-your-eyes, Accessed Jan 2022.
  8. Periman, Laura, ‘Studying the role of omegas in dry eye disease: Beyond the DREAM’, Opthamology Times, July 2018, Accessed Sep 2021: https://www.ophthalmologytimes.com/view/studying-role-omegas-dry-eye-disease-beyond-dream
  9. Meixner, Makayla, ‘The 9 Most Important Vitamins for Eye Health’, Healthline, 25/07/18, https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/eye-vitamins, Accessed Jan 2022.
  10. NHS England, ‘Vitamin C’, https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vitamins-and-minerals/vitamin-c/ Accessed Jan 2022.
  11. Meixner, Makayla, ‘The 9 Most Important Vitamins for Eye Health’, Healthline, 25/07/18, https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/eye-vitamins, Accessed Jan 2022.
  12. Meek, K, M, Fullwood, N, J, ‘Corneal and Scleral Collagens–A Microscopist’s Perspective’, Micron., 2001 Apr;32(3):261-72. doi: 10.1016/s0968-4328(00)00041-x.
  13. Vimont, Ceila. ‘36 Fabulous Foods to Boost Eye Health’, American Academy of Opthamology, 10/01/20, https://www.aao.org/eye-health/tips-prevention/fabulous-foods-your-eyes, Accessed Jan 2022.
  14. Meixner, Makayla, ‘The 9 Most Important Vitamins for Eye Health’, Healthline, 25/07/18, https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/eye-vitamins, Accessed Jan 2022.
  15. National Institutes of Health, USA, ‘Riboflavin’ https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Riboflavin-HealthProfessional/ Accessed Jan 2022.
  16. Yildirim, Pelin, Garip, Yesim, Karci, Ayse Aslihan, Guler, Tuba, ‘Dry Eye in Vitamin D Deficiency: More Than An Incidental Association’, International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases, Vol 19:1, Jan 2017, pp.49-54.

17.  Hill, Ansley, ‘7 Effective Ways to Increase Your Vitamin D Levels’, Healthline, 17/03/19, https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/how-to-increase-vitamin-d Accessed Jan 2020.

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