Dry Eye Is a Growing Public Health Problem
An estimated 20-30 million Americans are affected by dry eye and that number is expected to rise as the US population ages. Dry eye is associated with a number of risk factors that can potentially impact many people such as aging, menopause, computer use, contact lens wear, LASIK, smoking, exposure to air pollution, dry environments, and diabetes mellitus. So it’s no surprise that dry eye is the one of the most common reasons that people visit their eye doctor.
Diagnosis and Treatment is Important
Treating chronic dry eye is important, as it can progress and lead to impaired vision and reduced quality of life. The symptoms of redness, itching, foreign body sensation and discomfort – as well as signs of surface damage in the cornea (the eye’s outer surface) and conjunctiva (the membrane covering the outer surface and inside eyelids) – can all have a detrimental effect on visual performance.
Although treatments such as artificial tears, anti-inflammatory drops, topical corticosteroids and punctal plugs can alleviate symptoms, there can be downsides to each. Artificial tears provide only short-term relief, for example, and topical corticosteroids may have ocular side effects.
Study Backs Fatty Acids, Antioxidants for Dry Eye
Because of these issues, researchers are constantly seeking new ways to treat and manage this condition. The omega-6 fatty acid GLA complemented by the omega-3s EPA and DHA, have shown promise in addressing signs and symptoms of dry eye in some studies. Now, researchers report that a unique blend of fatty acids, antioxidants and nutrient co-factors can meaningfully improve moderate to severe dry eye….Read more: http://www.sciencebasedhealth.com/ContentPage.aspx?WebpageId=524
source: Science Based Health