8 Foods to Eat If You Have Dry Eye
How lifestyle changes can affect Dry Eye Syndrome:
Dry Eye Syndrome is a multifactorial disease, which means that many different factors contribute to the disease and symptoms that sufferers of Dry Eye experience.
By that same token, there are many different treatments and methods that can be used to alleviate Dry Eye symptoms.
Medications, artificial tears and eye drops such as VisuXL Gel are essential components in any treatment plan for sufferers of chronic Dry Eye Syndrome, and provide the backbone to any other methods of alleviation.
But lifestyle changes can work in tandem with medication to help alleviate symptoms and improve the quality of life for people living with Dry Eye.
One of the main ways people can do this is by making healthy eating choices and discovering which foods are good for combating Dry Eye.
Which foods are beneficial:
• Leafy Greens:
Leafy greens like kale, spinach and even broccoli are rich in the antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin.1 These help to protect your eyes from damaging light and decay as the eyes age.2 They also contain vitamin C which is itself an antioxidant, and helps the body create collagen, a protein which provides structure to your eyes and helps them regenerate.3
Fish, and molluscs like oysters contain Omega 3 fatty acids, which can help to reduce inflammation in the eyes, especially in the tear ducts.4 This is extremely beneficial to people suffering from Dry Eye, because it can aid the quantity and quality of tear production, alleviating symptoms.5
• Sweet Potato and Carrots:
Carrots contain a good natural amount of Vitamin A, and sweet potatoes contain even more.6
Vitamin A plays a key role in maintaining a clear cornea, the outer layer of film around your eye.7 It is also a component of rhodospin, a protein in your eyes that helps you to see in low light conditions.8 These things combined make it an essential dietary requirement for Dry Eye patients, because it helps to protect and strengthen your eyes.
• Citrus Fruits:
As most people know, citrus fruits are packed full of vitamin C, which, as mentioned above, is an antioxidant key to preserving eye health. There has also been evidence that antioxidants can help prevent age related macular degeneration and cataracts.9
Nuts, especially almonds, walnuts and cashews, are high in Omega 3 fatty acids and Vitamin E.10 Vitamin E is an antioxidant which protects your eyes from being damaged by harmful free radicals that cause cells to degenerate as you age.11 12 Other good sources of Vitamin E include avocados and salmon.13
Seeds, like chia and flax seeds are another great source of Omega 3 fatty acids, and a brilliant alternative for vegetarians.14
All types of beans are great to eat anyway, for a well balanced diet full of fibre and protein, but they are even more beneficial for Dry Eye sufferers as they contain folate and zinc. Zinc helps your body to create melanin, which prevents your eyes from damage and is vital in preventing and treating Dry Eye Syndrome.15
• Last but not least, water, water, water!
Eyes become dry when they are dehydrated, like the rest of the body. So, drinking enough water can help to keep them hydrated. Experts recommend drinking between 8 and 10 glasses of water a day if you suffer from Dry Eye Syndrome.16
Improving your diet and hydrating can really help to alleviate symptoms of Dry Eye, but they are not a complete cure and preventative treatment as eye drops and artificial tears should still be used to manage the condition.
Using VisuXL drops in conjunction with a balanced diet is a great way to combine preventive care and alleviate symptoms. Visit the Visufarma website to explore a range of treatments that can be used in conjunction with a balanced diet to treat symptoms of Dry Eye syndrome.
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Date of preparation: September 2021 VISU/UK/ALL/0289