Supplements for Dry Eye

There are a wide variety of supplements that can help with dry eye.  Supplements are a more natural way of fighting dry eye than prescription medications and are readily available without a prescription.  Here we will go into detail into some of the supplements we believe may help with dry eye, as well as provide links to where you can purchase the supplements directly.  Please note that we may receive a commission when you make a purchase using our links below.  We also recommend checking with your doctor before starting a new supplement regiment.

Omega Fatty Acid Supplements, Fish Oil and Sea Buckthorn Oil Supplements

It is thought that a lack of Omega oils, specifically Omega 3 can cause dry eye symptoms.  According to the Mayo Clinic, "It appears that omega-3 fatty acids can improve the eye’s oil film that’s produced by small glands on the edge of the eyelid, called the meibomian glands. That improves dry eye symptoms and reduces the need for artificial tears.".  Therefore, Omega oils can help with Meibomain Gland Dysfunction by increasing the quality of the oils produced by the Meibomian Glands, which will in turn keep tears on the surface of the eye longer.

There are many supplements that contain Omega 3 oils, also often called fish oil since they are primairly derived from fish.  One product we recommend is HydroEye, which in addition to containing Omega 3 fish oils, also contains vitamins and minerals that may be lacking in the diet and causing dry eye.  See our article on the causes of dry eye for more information on how a lack of vitamins can contribute to dry eye.

If you have a sensitive stomach, fish oils may be hard for you to digest or may give you unpleasant "fishy burps".  If that describes you, an alternative product you can try is Terry Naturally Omega 7 Dry Eye Relief.  The product is not derived from fish, but from Sea Buckthorn, so it is also vegan.  It also contains Omega 7 oils in addition to Omega 3 oils, which are thought to provide many possible health benefits.

Vitamins and Vitamin-Rich Supplements for Dry Eye

Since a vitamin deficiency can cause dry eye disease, a vitamin supplement may be the cure to dry eye.  As previously mentioned, HydroEye is a good supplement for getting a balance of vitamins and minerals that are often lacking in dry eye.

If you have stomach issues or other intestinal issues such as Crohn's, Celiac Disease or Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) where vitamins may not be digested properly, you may want to consider sublingual vitamins.  These vitamins are placed under the tongue and allowed to dissolve in your mouth, where they are absorbed under the tongue and bypass your digestive system completely.  One good brand of sublingual vitamins is Ez-Melts, which offers both a multivitamin as well as a Calcium, D3 and Magnesium Vitamin as well as a stanalone Zinc Vitamin.

Another supplement that provides vitamins is Moringa, which is called a superfood.  Moringa is high in Vitamin A as well as other vitamins.  It can be helpful in increasing tear production as well as increasing the quality of oils produced by the meibomian glands.

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