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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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6 Lifestyle Tips to Get Rid of Dry Eye

The COVID19 pandemic has sparked people all over the world to reconsider the importance of health and well-being in their day to day lives. It turns out that this source of inspiration around healthy eating and positive lifestyle choices can also be great for improving your eye health

Patients suffering from Dry Eye often look straight towards eye drops to alleviate their symptoms. Whilst artificial tears and other medication is an essential part of many people’s journey towards being able to manage their condition, there are also many lifestyle choices that you can make to ease symptoms of Dry Eye.

 Here are 6 lifestyle changes that are easy to implement and can help keep your eyes healthy and hydrated.

Food 

 It might seem obvious that eating healthily can help your body absorb vitamins, but it can be useful to know which foods to prioritise to ease a chronic condition. For eye health, make sure that your diet is full of: 

 – Fish which is rich in omega 3, 

-Leafy greens that are packed full of antioxidants

-Fruit and veg like oranges, sweet potatoes and carrots that contain vitamins A, C and E.1

Cutting down on screen time

We’ve all felt the urge to rub our eyes after staring at a screen for too long. Well, this is because when looking at screens, we blink less often, which dries out our eyes. 2

Reducing the amount you look at screens is obviously the first thing to try, but if you need to use screens for work or in your personal life, the 20,20,20 method is a great way to protect your eyes. Every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds! 3

Vitamin supplements 

If you are suffering from chronic Dry Eye, or even mild Dry Eye, you should always consult your GP before changing your diet or starting any new treatment. But if you are struggling to obtain the nutrients you need to protect your eyes in your diet, then food supplements can sometimes be a good option. Coqun® OS capsules supplement the body’s natural levels of Coenzyme Q10, an antioxidant that protects against stress and inflammation in the eyes. The capsules not only strengthen eye health but can also boost full body health for people over 50 whose natural levels have dropped. 4

Drinking more water

Eyes become dry when they are dehydrated, like the rest of the body. So, drinking enough water can help to keep them hydrated and help to get rid of Dry Eye symptoms. Experts recommend drinking between 8 and 10 glasses of water a day if you suffer from Dry Eye Syndrome. 5

 Getting enough sleep

Getting a good night’s sleep is good for your health full stop. In fact, many health conditions can be exacerbated by not getting enough rest. Symptoms of Dry Eye can even be worse at night due to the eyes having been open all day and receiving less nutrients at night. 6 Cleansing your eyes at night with a cleanser like Naviblef®, or using a warming device like Meibopatch® are both great ways to make sure your symptoms don’t flare up at night.

 Humidifier 

 Whether it’s in your bedroom, home office or living room, a humidifier adds moisture to the air, protecting your tear film and making sure the eyes don’t become as dry.

 

 Overall, it’s best to have a treatment plan which encompasses medication like VisuXL® eye drops, as well as healthy lifestyle choices, to maximize the chance of reducing Dry Eye symptoms and maintaining a great quality of life. 

In most cases, the best way to treat dry eyes, Also known as dry eye syndrome, is to use eye gel or eye drops.

VisuXL Gel® is a preservative-free smart gel lubricant for dry eye syndrome. It provides comfort in a bottle with it’s long-lasting lubrication properties giving 12-hour dosing with just one drop and is suitable for both day and night use.

VisuXL® is a preservative-free eye drop lubricant for dry eye syndrome. Due to its unique ingredients, VisuXL® will help you recover from eye surgery, an injury or persistent damaging dry eye.

VisuEvo® is a preservative-free eye drop that prevents excessive evaporation of the tear film. Its unique formula contains omega-3 essential fatty acids, Vitamins A and D and ultra-filtered phospholipids that facilitate tear film presentation and control evaporation.

All three products are contact lens-friendly and can be used for 180 days after opening.

 For more top tips about daily routines to follow if you suffer from Dry Eye, why not follow us on Facebook and Instagram

References:

  1. Vimont, Ceila. ‘36 Fabulous Foods to Boost Eye Health’, American Academy of Ophthalmology, Jan 2020, Accessed September 2021: https://www.aao.org/eye-health/tips-prevention/fabulous-foods-your-eyes
  2. Wheeler, Regina Boyle. ‘Dry Eye and Screen Use’, WebMD, 21/06/21, Accessed Oct 2021: https://www.webmd.com/eye-health/dry-eye-screen-use
  3. Marcin, Ashley , ‘How Does the 20-20-20 Rule Prevent Eye Strain?’ Healthline https://www.healthline.com/health/eye-health/20-20-20-rule#:~:text=The%2020%2D20%2D20%20rule%20can%20help%20your%20eyes%20refocus,your%20eyes%20for%2015%20minutes
  4. Coqun OS Instructions for Use (IFU) 
  5. Complete Eye Care, ‘How Does Hydration Affect My Eyes’, Accessed Sep 2021: https://www.completeeyecare.net/featured-articles/how-does-hydration-affect-my-eyes/
  6. Lazarus, Russell. ‘Burning Eyes at Night’ Optometrists Network, 6th February 2021. https://www.optometrists.org/general-practice-optometry/guide-to-eye-conditions/dry-eye/guide-to-eye-drops/burning-eyes-at-night/ Last accessed August 2021.

 

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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:

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:

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:

Seeds, like chia and flax seeds are another great source of Omega 3 fatty acids, and a brilliant alternative for vegetarians.14

• Beans:

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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References
1. Vimont, Ceila. ‘36 Fabulous Foods to Boost Eye Health’, American Academy of Opthamology, Jan 2020, Accessed September 2021: https://www.aao.org/eye-health/tips-prevention/fabulous-foods-your-eyes
2. BergFeinfield Vision Correction, ‘6 Foods to Eat to Help Dry Eye’, Feb 2020. Accessed Sep 2021. https://www.bergfeinfield.com/6-foods-help-dry-eye/
3. Meek, K, M., Fullwood, N, J. ‘Corneal and Scleral Collagens–A Microscopist’s Perspective’, Micron, 2001 Apr;32(3):261-72.
4. BergFeinfield Vision Correction, ‘6 Foods to Eat to Help Dry Eye’.
5. 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
6. Vimont, Ceila. ‘36 Fabulous Foods to Boost Eye Health
7. Meixner, Malaka. ‘The 9 Most Important Vitamins for Eye Health’, Healthline, July 2018, Accessed Sep 2021: https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/eye-vitamins
8. US National Institues of Health, Office of Dietary Supplements, ‘Fact Sheet on Vitamin A’, March 2021, Accessed Sep 2021: https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/VitaminA-HealthProfessional/
9. Porter, Daniel,.Gregori, Ninel, Z. ‘Diet and Nutrition’, American Academy of Opthamology, Nov 2020, Accessed Sep 2021: https://www.aao.org/eye-health/tips-prevention/diet-nutrition
10.BergFeinfield Vision Correction, ‘6 Foods to Eat to Help Dry Eye’.
11.Meixner, Malaka. ‘The 9 Most Important Vitamins for Eye Health’.
12.Fletcher, A E. ‘Free radicals, antioxidants and eye diseases: evidence from epidemiological studies on cataract and age-related macular degeneration’, Ophthalmic Research’, 2010;44(3):191-8
13.Vimont, Ceila. ‘36 Fabulous Foods to Boost Eye Health’
14. Vimont, Ceila. ‘36 Fabulous Foods to Boost Eye Health’
15.BergFeinfield Vision Correction, ‘6 Foods to Eat to Help Dry Eye’
16.Cmplete Eye Care, ‘How Does Hydration Affect My Eyes’, Accessed Sep 2021: https://www.completeeyecare.net/featured-articles/how-does-hydration-affect-my-eyes/

Date of preparation: September 2021 VISU/UK/ALL/0289

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