Diet advice for Blepharitis and Dry Eyes
It is important to give patients diet advice for blepharitis and dry eyes so that they can take steps at home to prevent the condition. Blepharitis and dry eye patients are advised to eat an anti-inflammatory and healthy Mediterranean diet, which provides a lot of vitamins, minerals, fatty acids and fibres.
Some examples of these healthy foods are as follows:
- Fish and Omega-3 Fatty Acids, Flaxseed oil
- Oily fish like Salmon, mackerel, herring, sardines and tuna are high in Omega3
- Eat plenty of whole grains.
- Eat more vegetable protein; beans are rich in protein.
- Eat plenty of fresh fruits and green vegetables.
- Increase water intake.
- Avoid saturated and trans fats.
- Avoid cheese (permitted: goat or sheep).
- Reduce consumption of wheat, flour and sugar.
- Limit alcohol intake.
- Avoid foods rich in fructose, cream, butter and margarine (saturated fats!)
- Olive oil is exquisite; you must use just this one and avoid any other type of oil.
Also, if you don’t think your omega-3 intake is good enough with just diet, you should consider taking some supplement tablets. You can just get those from a health food shop; make sure it contains Omega 3, 6, 9 and also containing some flax seed oil which can help.
Ask at Clinica London for your recommended Omega, mineral and vitamin supplements intake for your blepharitis and dry eyes.
If you have dry eyes, put in lubricant drops. If you have ocular rosacea, have acne rosacea, you should have a good Mediterranean-type diet and also take a supplement such as Omega Eye or other Omega 3 soft gel such as from Solgar, three times a day. The dose of Omega 3 is critical as you must receive enough from a varied diet and supplements.
Healthy Omega 3 food for eyes:
- Flax seeds
- Sesame seeds
- Black rice
- Winter squashes
- Green leafy vegetables –(Spinach, kale, Broccoli and Cauliflower)
- Fish (Mackeral, Tuna, Salmon, Sardines, Anchovies)
- Chia seeds
At Clinica London, we run a dry eye clinic and advise on diet. At your clinical consultation, Ms Jane Olver will assess your symptoms, look at the lids and ocular surface, do dye tests on the surface of the eye, measure the tears osmolarity, look at the Meibomian glands, and advise.
The treatment options include what you can do at home, and what we can offer you in addition at the clinic.
At home, you can have a healthy Omega 3 rich diet, take Omega 3 supplements and avoid inflammatory foods.
In the clinic, treatments include Mabolo and Meibomian gland expression, and BlephEx lid margin removal of Biofilm.
If you have ocular rosacea, we often recommend systemic antibiotics to help change the pH of the meibum and tears and to help the meibum become more fluid oily than thick and inspissated.
To make an appointment to be seen in the Dry Eye Clinic, call 0207 935 7990 and ask Jenny the Clinica London co-ordinator to book you in.