Did you know that you can have dry eye along with macular degeneration?- MDA

Dry eye is a common condition that occurs when the eyes are insufficiently moisturized, leading to itching, redness and pain from dry spots on the surface of the eye. The eyes may become dry and irritated because the tear ducts don’t produce enough tears, or because the tears themselves have a chemical imbalance.
Patients with this condition often experience irritating symptoms and can suffer from more serious vision damage if this condition is left untreated. It is important for patients with this condition to take special care of their eyes in order to alleviate symptoms and prevent complications. We can diagnose dry eye after a thorough evaluation of your eye and Schirmer tear production test.- (1) Siedlecki Cataract & Vision Care

Dry eye signs, symptoms improve with re-esterified omega-3

Researchers confirmed the improvement in the signs and symptoms for dry eye after 12 weeks and support the recommendation that dietary supplementation of re-esterified omega-3 fatty acids should be included as a primary therapy, according to a study in Cornea.
The multicenter, placebo-controlled, double-masked study involved 105 subjects randomized to receive four softgels containing a total of 1,680 mg of eicosapentaenoic acid/560 mg of docosahexaenoic acid or a control of 3,136 mg of linoleic acid, daily for 12 weeks. Mean patient age was 56.8 years, with 54 subjects randomized to omega-3 group and 51 subjects to the control group.
Tear osmolarity, tear break-up time (TBUT), matrix metalloproteinase-9 (MMP-9) and Ocular Surface Disease Index (OSDI) symptoms scores all improved at 12 weeks compared to the control group.
In the omega-3 group, a reduction of 16.8 mOsm/L vs. 9.0 mOsm/L was observed at week 6 and 19.4 mOsm/L at week 12.
Statistically significant increases in omega-3 index levels and TBUT were also found……
Read more: http://www.healio.com/optometry/nutrition/news/online/%7B3e09df5b-500c-4501-8ff7-eed922a5ab76%7D/dry-eye-signs-symptoms-improve-with-re-esterified-omega-3?utm
Source: Healio
(1) http://www.eyesonbuffalo.com/dry-eyes.php