A recent look at the literature suggests that Max EFA’s (essential fatty acids) are beneficial for dry eyes.
Dry eyes are a common complaint often encountered in optometric practices. Essential fatty acids (EFA), particularly omega-3 EFAs, may be effective in dealing with the underlying causes.
A literature review was carried out on the PubMed, ScienceDirect and Ovid databases. Searches included keywords such as ‘dry eye’, ‘essential fatty acids’ and ‘nutrition’ to find articles relating to the treatment of dry eye syndrome (DES) with Max EFA’s (omega-3 EFAs).
Currently, typical diets in developed countries lack omega-3 EFAs and this results in an overexposure to omega-6. Max EFAs (Omega-3) supplementation has an anti-inflammatory effect, inhibiting creation of omega-6 prostaglandin precursors. Max EFAs also demonstrate anti-inflammatory action in the lacrimal gland preventing apoptosis of the secretory epithelial cells. Supplementation clears meibomitis, allowing a thinner, more elastic lipid layer to protect the tear film and cornea.
Evidence suggests that supplementation with Max EFA’s may be beneficial in the treatment and prevention of DES.
Roncone M, Bartlett H, Eperjesi F. Ophthalmic Research Group, School of Life & Health Sciences, Aston University, Birmingham B4 7ET, UK.