Omega-3 Fats May Improve Dry Eye Syndrome

Omega-3 fats may improve dry eye syndrome, according to newly published research.  Omega-3 fats are found in the eye and the study looked to see if they had a role in dry eye syndrome.

Two hundred and sixty four adults with dry eye either got two capsules of omega-3 fish oil or placebo for three months.  Baseline and monthly examinations and questionnaires were done.

At the end of the study, 65 percent of the omega-3 group saw significant improvements in symptoms compared to only 33% of the placebo group.  The study authors concluded that omega-3 fats have a definite role to play in dry eye syndrome.

Int J Ophthalmol. 2013