Dry Eye: Eat a Mediterranean Diet?

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Dry Eye: Eat a Mediterranean Diet?

Eating a Mediterranean diet has been shown to help reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer as well as decreasing 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 along with each patient’s blood level of Vitamin D.

As much as they would have liked to find that the Mediterranean diet helped dry eyes, this turned out NOT to be the case. But, they did find 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.

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