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What Are The Best Foods For Dry Eyes?

The best foods for dry eyes are those that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids. [Read What Are The Best Dry Eye Supplements? to find out why.]

Superior sources of omega-3 fatty acids ("omega-3s") for dry eyes are these fresh fish and seafood:

  • Salmon

  • Halibut

  • Sardines

  • Herring

  • Oysters

  • Tuna

For a vegetarian alternative, the following fresh vegetables, grains and nuts also contain omega-3 fatty acids:

  • Kale

  • Spinach

  • Brussels sprouts

  • Broccoli

  • Cauliflower

  • Flaxseed (and flaxseed oil)

  • Peanut butter

  • Oatmeal

  • Walnuts

Vegetarian sources of omega-3 fatty acids, however, generally don't contain comparable amounts of the EPA and DHA types of omega-3s that have been shown effective in reducing dry eye symptoms as the seafood sources noted above.

The best way to modify your diet to help prevent dry eyes or relieve dry eye symptoms is to replace high-sugar and processed foods you currently may be eating (which tend to increase inflammation that contributes to dry eyes) with many of the eye-healthy foods listed above.

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Gary Heiting, OD

Gary Heiting, OD, is a former senior editor of AllAboutVision.com. Dr. Heiting has more than 30 years of experience as an eye care provider, health educator and consultant to the eyewear ... Read more