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Vitamins and Foods That Relieve Dry Eye Syndrome

Approximately 16 million Americans have dry eye syndrome. Symptoms of dry eye—other than the obvious eye dryness—include grittiness, burning, irritation and difficulty reading or looking at a screen for long periods of time. Studies have shown that certain foods help the eyes stay properly hydrated.

Specific vitamins, fatty acids and trace elements are good not only for our overall health but also for our tear film.

Omega Fatty Acids For Dry Eye

Omega fatty acids are responsible for forming the stabilizing oil layer in the tear film. If this outer layer of the lubricating film is disrupted, it can lead to dry eye symptoms like burning, redness and itchiness. In addition, omega fatty acids have an anti-inflammatory effect.

Foods high in omega fatty acids include:

  • Fish. cod, mackerel, salmon, trout
  • Meat. red meat, pork liver
  • Oils. canola oil, rapeseed oil, sunflower oil, walnut oil,
  • Other animal products. cheese, eggs

Vitamins for Dry Eye

Below is a list of vitamins that help with dry eye and boosts general eye health.

  • Vitamin A (retinol) helps protect the surface of the eye. Vitamin A deficiency, which usually occurs in developing countries, can cause an increase in dry eye. By adding foods rich in Vitamin A, like carrots, pumpkins, apricots, spinach, tomatoes, dairy products and liver, you can prevent the development of this condition.
  • Vitamin B2 protects your eyes from cell damage. It is found in broccoli, avocados, dairy products and whole-grain products.
  • Vitamin B6 is needed for a healthy tear film. Foods such as kale, potatoes, goose, mackerel, salmon and sardines contain high doses of vitamin B6.
  • Vitamin B12 is also important for lubricating the eyes. It’s typically found in mackerel, beef liver, calf’s liver and pork liver. It is also found in dairy products and eggs, though in smaller amounts.
  • Vitamin C protects against oxidative stress and plays an important role in maintaining a functioning tear film. It can be found in peppers, broccoli, rosehip, acerola berries and brussels sprouts.
  • Vitamin E is necessary to protect your eyes against cell damage as well as dry eye. This vitamin is prominently found in sunflower oil, mackerel, wheat germ oil, peppers, spinach, mangos and redcurrants.

Lutein and Zeaxanthin

Lutein and zeaxanthin are antioxidants that help cells function correctly and stay healthy. They help prevent many chronic eye diseases, including dry eye syndrome. Foods rich in these antioxidants include leafy greens like romaine lettuce, kale and spinach. They are also available as supplements.

Zinc for Eye Health

Zinc plays an important role in keeping your eyes healthy. This mineral is responsible for getting vitamin A from your liver to your retina and produces melanin, a pigment that protects your eyes. Dairy, whole grains, nuts, sweetcorn, peas and lentils are all excellent sources of zinc.

Drink Water to Hydrate Your Eyes

Lastly, drink water. While it may seem obvious, many of us forget to drink enough water. Staying hydrated can help improve eye comfort and is vital for your kidneys, bowels and radiant-looking skin.

Eating healthy and staying hydrated helps to ensure your eyes get the vitamins and minerals they need. So go ahead and protect your vision, improve eye health and relieve your dry eye symptoms by adding these nutrients to your diet. However, remember to always consult your eye doctor before taking any supplements.

Contact Elevated Eyecare to learn more and to explore our effective and lasting treatments to relieve your dry eyes so you can live your best life.

Elevated Eyecare serves patients from McDonough, Stockbridge, Ellenwood and Jonesboro, all throughout Georgia.

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Low Level Light Therapy (LLLT) for Dry Eyes

Low Level Light Therapy is a powerful and unique treatment that reduces the incidence of Meibomian Gland Dysfunction, Dry Eye Syndrome, blepharitis (inflammation of the eyelids) and cysts.

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Low Level Light Therapy (LLLT) for Dry Eyes counteracts the obstruction or malfunction of the Meibomian glands by unclogging the oils needed to keep eyes healthy, moisturized and comfortable. 85% of patients who have received the treatment report noticeable improvements after just 1 application. According to Dr. Santrell Hart-Moreland & Dr. Ayana Robateau, patients with severe symptoms should undergo multiple treatments to ensure better, longer-lasting results.

What is Low Level Light Therapy (LLLT)?


The treatments are gentle yet effective tools for treating Meibomian Gland Dysfunction and Dry Eyes. Within just a few hours, patients report noticeable improvements in their symptoms. This treatment applies low-level (low-power) lasers or light-emitting diodes (LEDs) with absolute precision to clear blocked meibomian glands.

If you’re looking for Low Level Light Therapy near McDonough, Georgia, Dr. Santrell Hart-Moreland & Dr. Ayana Robateau from Elevated Eyecare will provide you with the information and relief that you seek.

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What Is Meibomian Gland Dysfunction

What is Meibomian Gland Dysfunction?


Our tears are made up of three layers: the lipid (oil) layer, aqueous (water) layer, and the mucous (sticky) layer. These layers work in unison to lubricate and coat the eyes, keeping them moist and comfortable.

Your meibomian glands control the lipids in the eye, called meibum, which combine with other substances in the eye area to create a thin film that consistently lubricates your eyes. Meibum is an essential part of your eye’s makeup as it prevents the evaporation of the eye’s tear film.

Meibomian Gland Dysfunction occurs when the meibomian glands fail to provide enough meibum. This can be triggered by various factors and causes the tear film to evaporate at a quicker rate, leading the eyes to feel dry and uncomfortable. 80% of Dry Eye is due to MGD.

How Does Low Level Light Therapy Work?


Light pulses are applied to the periorbital ( the region surrounding your eyes, including the eyelids, eyebrows, and upper cheekbones) and cheekbone areas of the face, gently warming the eyelids. This causes the meibomian glands to unclog and release oils, thus reducing the rapid evaporation of tears typically associated with MGD.

Low Level Light Therapy treats both the upper and lower eyelids simultaneously. Based on your unique needs, the doctor will examine the severity of your condition and provide you with a customized treatment plan.

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Does Low Level Light Therapy Hurt?


It is a painless, two-step procedure. During the first part of the procedure, you will need to wear special protective glasses to shield your eyes.

It usually takes approximately 15 minutes to complete the Low Level Light Treatment while you sit comfortably in a reclining chair. You can promptly resume your usual activities following the treatment.

Is Low Level Light Therapy Safe?


It is a safe, non-invasive procedure, which is controlled by computer software built into the device. The light pulses are carefully directed at the periorbital and cheekbone area and never touch your eyes directly.

After the Low Level Light Procedure


Following the LLLT, the doctor will provide you with a special skin cream to rehydrate the skin in the periorbital area of the face. No recovery time is needed post the procedure, and patients can resume normal activities. Should you experience any side effects or discomfort, or have any questions following the procedure, please contact our practice.

What Are the Side Effects of Low Level Light Therapy?


As with all laser treatments, there are some risks. Certain skin tones may not be suitable, as they may experience the rare effect of partial depigmentation (loss of skin color). In this case, talk to Dr. Santrell Hart-Moreland & Dr. Ayana Robateau about any concerns and possible side effects.

References

Toyos R, McGill W, Briscoe D. Intense pulsed light treatment for dry eye disease due to meibomian gland dysfunction; a 3-year retrospective study. Photomed Laser Surg. 2015;33(1):41–46. doi:10.1089/pho.2014.3819

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