They say the eyes are the window to the soul, but beyond that they are also a great source of information to assess and discover your overall physical condition and health.
The most common reason patients go to the ophthalmologist tends to be Dry Eye. This syndrome is generally seen in people who are otherwise healthy, but in addition to the most common causes, recent studies have shown there is another: poor eating habits.
The results have concluded that diets low in omega 3 and antioxidants and those high in omega 6 lead to oxidative stress that triggers inflammation of the tear glands, meibomian glands, cornea and conjunctiva, which can end up causing Dry Eye Syndrome.
Although we often try to solve this problem with artificial tears and lubricant creams, which make patients more comfortable, we have to tackle Dry Eye from a global standpoint and supplement treatment with measures to also improve nutrition.
So, although an ophthalmologist should be the one to set guidelines and administer local treatment, we also recommend consulting and endocrinologist or nutritionist to set up a proper diet. This will prevent the condition from returning and help control the patient’s levels of oxidative stress and omega 3 and 6 in the blood. The study must be meticulous and precise to establish what each patient needs most.
Foods that are a good source of omega 3 or Omega 6: oily fish, seafood, nuts, vegetable oils, seeds, lettuce, soy, spinach, broccoli, cabbage, cucumber, eggs, etc.