You didn't really answer me about the Lovaza or other Omega 3 fish oils.
Treatment for Dry Eyes
Dry eye syndrome is an ongoing condition that may not be completely curable (depending on the cause), but the accompanying dryness, scratchiness and burning can be managed. Your eye care practitioner may prescribe artificial tears, which are lubricating eye drops that may alleviate the dry, scratching feeling.
Your eye doctor can insert punctal plugs into your tear ducts, to keep eye moisture from draining too fast.
Punctal plugs help keep moisture on the eye by keeping tears from draining too quickly.
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Salmon is a good source of omega-3 fatty acids.
Left: Artificial tears help dry eyes feel better; don't confuse them with formulas that just reduce redness. Salmon is a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, which may reduce your risk for dry eyes. Sardine, herring and cod liver oils are even better, or try a supplement.
Restasis eye drops (cyclosporine in a castor oil base) go one step further: by helping your body produce more tears. Restasis treatment is the first of its kind.
Another option for dry eye treatment is called Lacrisert, a tiny insert filled with a lubricating ingredient (hydroxypropyl cellulose). The insert is placed just inside the lower eyelid, where it continuously releases lubrication for the eye throughout the day.
Sometimes people use the eye drops that "get the red out" to treat their dry eyes. This won't work unless the eye drops also contain artificial tears, and the original "get-the-red-out" formulation doesn't. These drops can reduce or eliminate the redness temporarily, but they don't treat the cause of the redness, whether it's dryness, environmental irritation or some other problem.
Not only that, but the vasoconstrictors in those formulas that reduce redness by contracting the eye's blood vessels are addictive, in the sense that over time, more and more is needed to achieve the same effect. With frequent use, the effect diminishes after a while — the blood vessels simply won't constrict as much as they did when you first used the drops.
If you wear contact lenses, be aware that many eye drops, especially artificial tears, cannot be used while your contacts are in your eyes. You'll need to remove them before using drops and wait 15 minutes or even longer (check the label) before reinserting the lenses.
check with your ophthalmologist before u decide on your own on what kind of the treatments suits u best.
I have been seeing my eye Dr. for dry eye syndrome for sometime. This past week he wanted to make sure I was still taking Lovaza, (a prescription fish oil) as it will help with dry eyes. Lovaza was given to me by my primary care physician as part of my "fibromyalgia cocktail". Unfortunately I need the silicone eye plugs to keep my eyes lubricated.
- Lovaza Information for Consumers
- Lovaza Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Lovaza (detailed)
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