Vitamin supplements can be helpful in treating dry eye. But which are the best?
Vitamin supplements have been found to be helpful in reducing dry eye symptoms. What exactly do they do, and where can you get them?
Omega-3s can help reduce inflammation on and around the eye. They can also help improve your tear quality by helping your meibomian glands, which produce oils that keep your tears from evaporating too quickly.
You can take omega-3 supplements as directed by a doctor, and they can also be found in various foods, including:
Vitamin C, also referred to as ascorbic acid, is helpful for several things related to the eyes, including the health of the blood vessels in the eyes, and in preventing cataracts, in addition to promoting overall eye health.
Vitamin C can be taken as a supplement, as directed by a doctor, and can be found in several foods, including:
Vitamin E is an antioxidant, and can help prevent eye damage, in addition to boosting the immune system. It too can be taken as a supplement per a doctor’s direction, and can be found in several foods, such as:
Zinc is a mineral which helps get important vitamin A to the retina to produce melanin, a pigment which protects the eyes. Zinc is not naturally made by the body, and zinc deficiency can lead to several problems, including an increased risk of eye infection.
Zinc can also be taken as a supplement, per a doctor’s directions, but it too is found in various foods, including:
Before you start taking any supplements to help with your dry eye, be sure to consult your doctor. Some vitamins and minerals can accumulate in the body and cause problems if too much is taken, especially if taken as a supplement. If you are interested in taking supplements to help with your dry eye or have other questions, you can reach out to your nearest Amplify EyeCare practice either via a call or in-person visit. Our team of eye care professionals is ready and equipped to provide you with the care you need.