As we get older, not only do our visual demands change, but so does the health of our ocular system. Eye practitioners are able to assess common eye diseases during annual eye examinations. Some of the diseases that are most commonly associated with age are dry eyes, cataracts and age-related macular degeneration (ARMD). As with most diseases, it is better to take action to prevent the disease, rather than treat it. Research has proven that specific eye vitamins and nutrients may help prevent or slow the progression of various eye conditions. It is challenging to incorporate all of the necessary nutrients from diet alone. Supplementing your diet with specific eye vitamins will improve your eye health.
Dry eyes occur when there is an insufficient tear film over the front surface of the eye. Symptoms of dry eye include blurred vision, foreign body sensation, light sensitivity, gritty or burning sensation and excess watering of the eyes. Dry eyes can be influenced by several factors, however the two main types of dry eyes are evaporative dry eye and aqueous tear deficiency. Aqueous tear deficiency is due to decreased aqueous production from the lacrimal glands of the eye. Evaporative dry eye, the most common form, is due to a deficiency in the lipid layer of the tear film which causes tears to evaporate more quickly. The lipid layer of the tear film is produced by the meibomian glands of the eye, which can become impacted or inflamed over time. Studies have been conducted that demonstrate the efficacy of the consumption of omega 3 fatty acids which reduces inflammation and improves the health of the meibomian glands.
One of the primary challenges with dietary supplements in the U.S., including eye vitamins, is that they are not regulated. Thus, it is important to rely on your Dr.’s guidance in order to select a quality supplement that is also effective. The FDA is technically in charge of regulating supplements, but they do not review any products before they go to market. Dr. Ciobanu OD received her undergraduate degree in Nutrition and carefully researches, reviews and personally samples each supplement that she ultimately recommends to her patients.
HydroEye® is a quality eye supplement with a patented formulation that supports dry, itchy eyes. It contains a proprietary blend of essential omega 3 fatty acids forms of EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), omega 6 fatty acid of GLA (gamma-linolenic acid), along with other minerals and vitamins that are known for their antioxidant properties.
Other treatment options for dry eyes can consist of artificial tears, warm compresses, proper lid hygiene, humidifiers, punctal plugs, immunomodulating prescription eye drops and more, depending on the severity of the disease.
If you are experiencing any discomfort related to dry eyes, please give us a call at 949-582-2020 to schedule an eye examination here at Optometry At The Shops. Dr. Ciobanu, or Dr. Choi, will create a customized treatment plan based on your specific eye health needs.
We look forward to seeing you at your next eye exam!