Dry Eye: Eat a Mediterranean Diet?

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Sunday, August 23, 2015

Dry Eye: Eat a Mediterranean Diet?

Eating a Mediterranean diet has been helpful in reducing the risk of heart disease, cancer, as well as a reducing the incidence of Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases. Recently, researchers tried to determine whether eating a Mediterranean diet could provide help for dry eyes. Reporting in the journal Cornea, the researchers had patients fill out a Block Food Frequency Questionnaire and a Dry Eye Questionnaire and then studied their tear film and measured its quality and quantity. They then also measured the serum level of Vitamin D for each patient.

 The final results suggested that eating a Mediterranean diet was not associated with an improvement in dry eye symptoms and complaints, but that higher vitamin D levels had a small but favorable effect on dry eye syndrome symptoms. So, while the Mediterranean diet itself doesn’t directly reduce dry eye symptoms, it does seem to be an eating plan that can help promote health and prevent disease for your whole family.

 If you or someone you know has questions about dry eye or wishes to schedule a dry eye examination at Baltimore Washington Eye Center, please call 800-495-3937, visit Baltimore Washington Eye Center or facebook.com/baltimorewashingtoneyecenter.

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