What foods to eat to fight dry eye syndrome

KYW Staff
November 11, 2019 - 4:56 pm
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By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor 

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, like tuna, might fight dry eye syndrome, a problem that affects more than 8 million people in the U.S. 

Dry eye syndrome is associated with the decline in the quality of tears that bathe the eye and keep them moist. The symptoms include pain, irritation, and dry or sandpaper-like sensation. 

There are many causes, or suspected causes, but several studies have shown that fish and walnuts, which are high in the omega-3, can be helpful. 

An interesting fact is that a higher ratio of omega-6 fatty acids, found in cooking oils and animal meats, may increase the risk of dry eye. 

It clearly shows that our diet and nutrition can have a role in just about everything in our body.