Magazine article Vegetarian Times

Dry Eye Balms

Magazine article Vegetarian Times

Dry Eye Balms

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Even when slicing onions or sniffling through the latest Hollywood tearjerker, millions of people don't produce enough moisture to keep their eyes properly lubricated. Whether because of parched or windy weather, inflammatory conditions, or long stints at the computer, symptoms of dry eyes include stinging, burning, itching, sensitivity to light, and fatigue. For relief, try these eye-opening solutions.

-DAVID KALMANSOHN

OMEGA-3S

WrUj "Omega-3 supplements have been shoWn to benefit dry eye patients: they help counter the chronic inflammation that is the main reason most patients with dry eyes have the condition," says Robert Latkany, MD, a board-certified ophthalmologist and author of The Dry Eye Remedy: The Complete Guide to Restoring the Health and Beauty of Your Eyes. A study published in 2011 in the journal Cornea found that 70 percent of participants taking an omega-3 supplement daily for three months eliminated their symptoms compared with 7 percent of the placebo group.

"Flaxseed oil is an excellent source of omega-3s," says Latkany. "Take flaxseed in tablet or liquid formulation as directed." A tablespoon of flaxseed oil can be easily added to salad dressings, yogurt, oatmeal, or blended drinks.

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EYELID SCRUBS

WfUj Dr> blepKaritis. U Dry eyes are often a by-product of laritis. This condition, marked by reddened and flaking eyelids, may prevent glands from secreting the oils that combine with mucus and water to make a healthy tear film, which keeps the eye moist. …

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