Susan Perry Omega-3 fatty acid (fish oil) supplements are no better than placebo at relieving the symptoms of dry eye, according to a study published online last Friday in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM). About 14 percent of adults in the United States, have dry eye, a condition that occurs when the eyes produce poor-quality or low amounts of tears, which are needed to keep the eyes lubricated. Dry eye can cause a burning, itching or stinging sensation in the eyes, as well as visual problems that can interfere with reading, computer use, night driving and other routine activities.Dry eye is most commonly treated with over-the-counter or prescription artificial tears, as well as medications that reduce inflammation. Many...
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Fish-oil supplements no better than placebo at relieving dry eye, study finds