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Dry eye? Study shows that omega-3s failed to yield beneficial results

Posted by Amanda Dexter on July 11, 2018 at 12:45 PM
Amanda Dexter
Dr. Amanda K. Dexter received her optometric training at Southern California College of Optometry in Fullerton, California, where she was Class of 2010 Valedictorian. She also completed a residency in Primary Care and Ocular Disease at the Veteran's Affairs Hospital in San Diego, California. Dr. Dexter is the Manager and Program Coordinator for OptoPrep, the premiere online study resource for the NBEO Part I & II.

A study funded by the NIH and published April 2018 showed that omega-3s failed to yield beneficial results in the treatment of dry eye. 


This goes against much of the research previously done on omega 3s noting their positive effects in dry eye management.

“The trial provides the most reliable and generalizable evidence thus far on omega-3 supplementation for dry eye disease,” said Maryann Redford, D.D.S., M.P.H., program officer for clinical research at NEI.

Despite insufficient evidence establishing the effectiveness of omega-3s, clinicians and their patients have been inclined to try the supplements for a variety of conditions with inflammatory components, including dry eye.

“This well-controlled investigation conducted by the independently-led Dry Eye Assessment and Management (DREAM) Research Group shows that omega-3 supplements are no better than placebo for typical patients who suffer from dry eye.”

Read the Full Article from  National Institues of Health

I personally have been recommending an omega 3 supplement to all of my patients who show signs and symptoms of ocular surface disease and I know many of you do and were taught to use them as well.

Will this study now change how you talk to patients about the use of omega 3s?

I also see some flaws with the study that may have skewed the results... what do you think?

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