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supplements for dry eyes (not eye drops)

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supplements for dry eyes (not eye drops)

I was wondering if anyone here is taking supplements for dry eyes and if so, which ones.

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yesstyle wrote: I was wondering if anyone here is taking supplements for dry eyes and if so, which ones.

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you need to find the root cause, the strongest over the counter drops - forget the name - are very expensive. Check with an optometrist first
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Go grocery store garb a chrysanthemum tea (white one or yellow ) , if you want you can add goji berry. Wash it then put into hot water. When cool down, drink it. Here totally cost $4 can drink a month. At same time use finger slight massage eye round, back bone. If chrysanthemum makes you feel better, go back to grocery store grab the supplement one, here $4.99. All of them 100% pure herbals
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Heating pad? I was told by 2 optometrists that the most cause of dry eyes are by blocked tear duct. Heat helps to clear up the duct.
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Inclemental wrote: Heating pad? I was told by 2 optometrists that the most cause of dry eyes are by blocked tear duct. Heat helps to clear up the duct.
Bausch and Lomb has gel eye pad that you heat in microwave oven for about 10-12 seconds... probably get same result with diy warm compress.

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I've also been suffering from dry eyes for the last 6 months or so. Here's what has been useful for me, in order of effectiveness:
  1. Blink eye drops for Contacts. I know you said "not eye drops" but so far this was the best solution for me.
  2. Drink more water. This helps A LOT. When I drink a lot during the day, I don't need the eye drops. You may be dehydrated and no know it, especially if you're not drinking water during the day. Note that other fluids (juice, coffee, tea, etc.) don't count as water.
  3. Vitamin A supplements.
Hope this helps.
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my optometrist suggested lubricant eye drops 3 times a day. Just see that as using lotion on skin. (which I am very bad at using... my lotions last forever because I never remember to use them)
Omega 3 supplement of good quality (easier for body to absorb). She recommands brands like PRN, Nurtrasea.
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Like many people, I've heard in the past the advice (including from optometrists) to take Omega-3 to help with dry eye.
However, the advice was based on very small and not well controlled studies. A very large study in 2018 that was placebo-controlled showed no benefit at all compared to a placebo. Omega-3 is not too expensive, and isn't harmful if not taken to extreme, so it can't hurt to take it, and perhaps it helps somewhat. One thing there is stronger evidence for is that Omega-3 can help with rheumatoid arthritis.

US Department of Health: large trail. Omega-3 no better than Placebo for dry eye
https://www.nih.gov/news-events/news-re ... f%20Health.

https://www.mcgill.ca/oss/article/healt ... d-dry-eyes

https://www.nccih.nih.gov/health/omega3 ... s-in-depth

https://www.ophthalmologytimes.com/view ... ye-disease
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yesstyle wrote: I was wondering if anyone here is taking supplements for dry eyes and if so, which ones.

TIA
I've had dry eye issues for at least 20 years and have cycled through many of the treatments: omega's, drops, Lipiflow, and tea tree oil to kill skin parasites (demodex) on the eyelids and in the eyelash follicles. But my standby remains eye drops, specifically those containing sodium hyaluronate and no preservative.

I think the omega approach has pretty well been invalidated by the newest studies as a general remedy. But the folks who make and market this stuff are happy to quote the positive studies and provide anecdotal testimonials. But it is worth a try given the low cost.

An obvious aid to keeping your eyes lubricated is to blink a lot. Some people get in the habit of staring at a screen without blinking. One optometrist gave me a blinking excercise to do.

I found that keeping the eyelids clean by using eyelid soap is also very helpful. And you should have a dry eye specialist ensure you don't have an infection or inflammation of your eyelids (blepharitis). Prednisone can settle that down but it is not for long term use. You can try the eyelid heating pads but it is very difficult to get a consistent prolonged heating effect that will unclog your tear ducts.

One thing I learned is that each of the treatments mentioned will help some people, so it is worth trying them all. The most expensive one I tried is Lipiflow treatment which cost me $750 per eye. Nice, but not an enduring solution for me and not worth the $$.

I find that a lot of eye drop products actually make your eyes worse when used daily (like Systane for me). For the last couple of years, I have used Thealoz Duo, a French product that some optometrists sell and is also available on Amazon.

There are 2 super expensive prescription dry eye drops called Xiidra and Restasis that I have not tried.
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Dealmaker1945 wrote: But my standby remains eye drops, specifically those containing sodium hyaluronate and no preservative.

For the last couple of years, I have used Thealoz Duo, a French product that some optometrists sell and is also available on Amazon.
For non-prescription eye drops, HyLo (German) has sodium hyaluronate, but is quite expensive.
Thealoz Duo has a combination of Trehalose (a naturally occurring sugar from plants/fungi/algae) and sodium hyaluronate, and is more reasonably priced than HyLo.
More recently, Hydrasense (known for nasal rinses) has started making eye drops with sodium hyaluronate, at an even lower price point.
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op specifically asks for non eye drops supplements. Besides omega-3, one other supplement to try is type-2 collagen. Also don't forget the 20-20-20 rule and blink your eye often.
https://www.healthline.com/health/eye-h ... 20-20-rule
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I don't know about supplements but I know from personal experience that dry eyes is typically from lack of humidity and/or blinking (assuming there's no underlying medical/health issue). We blink less when we're in front of a screen so it's a good idea to take frequent breaks or remember to blink more often if you're on the computer a lot. As for lack of humidity - this is typically a problem in colder weather so either getting a humidifier or adorn your room/house with house plants...also keeping a bowl/container of water helps too.
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multimut wrote: For non-prescription eye drops, HyLo (German) has sodium hyaluronate, but is quite expensive.
Thealoz Duo has a combination of Trehalose (a naturally occurring sugar from plants/fungi/algae) and sodium hyaluronate, and is more reasonably priced than HyLo.
More recently, Hydrasense (known for nasal rinses) has started making eye drops with sodium hyaluronate, at an even lower price point.
For some reason, it took a long time for drops with Sodium Hyaluronate to appear on the market in Canada. I used to buy those products it in Europe - Boots in the UK even has a house branded version. My ophthalmologist discovered it recently and is now specifying HYLO for all his cataract patients during the healing period, along with the anti-inflammatory and antibiotic drops.
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multimut wrote: For non-prescription eye drops, HyLo (German) has sodium hyaluronate, but is quite expensive.
Thealoz Duo has a combination of Trehalose (a naturally occurring sugar from plants/fungi/algae) and sodium hyaluronate, and is more reasonably priced than HyLo.
More recently, Hydrasense (known for nasal rinses) has started making eye drops with sodium hyaluronate, at an even lower price point.
Yup, HyLo, $45 a bottle. Didn't know the active ingredient is also in Hydrasense. Costco has pack of 3 for less than $25
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I read that drinking less coffee is recommended.
My eyes are dry every morning upon waking up, I read that at night the eyes don't make the lubricant. After that during the day my eyes are ok (I stare at compute monitors all day long). But red chilly (the plant, not the sauce) does cause my eyes dry, so I don't eat red chilly often.
I have dry nose due to taking allergy med (Reactine / or Claritin / or Benadryl; Secaris solves this problem) and I think this is somewhat related to dry eyes.
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I found humidity plays a factor. Also try using a good sleeping mask to sleep. My eyes don't actually fully close when sleeping. I'm sure that's a contributor to dry eyes. Having it insulated helps.

Finally, if I'm not well rested, I find eyes are dryer. A good amount of quality sleep helps with that I find.
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Here’s a good read for dry eye disease
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