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|Ocular Nutrition Society, USA|
|ScientificTracks Abstracts: Optom Open Access|
|What is dry eye? And, who is affected? Symptoms and prevalence of dry eye Patients with: advancing age, hormonal imbalances, diabetes, autoimmune disease, rosacea, pharmacological side effects, ocular trauma 2. Tears and their function Basal tears, reflex tears, emotional tears Tear film: inner mucin, middle aqueous, outer lipid 3. Dry eye categories A. Aqueous tear production deficiency Autoimmune disease: rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, Sjogrenâs syndrome Medications: antihistamines, beta blockers, diuretics, sleep aides, some pain relievers Decreased corneal sensation: herpes zoster, refractive surgery, diabetes Systemic dehydration: drink water! B. Excessive tear evaporation Meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD) Lipid layer: decreased lipid production or excessive production Scarring: ocular pemphigoid, trauma 4. Nutritional goals for dry eye Tamp down ocular and systemic inflammation Improve tear film composition A âdry eyeâ diet should include: â¢ Omega-3 fatty acids: ALA, EPA, DHA Improve tear film stability and lid inflammation Especially important for MGD Food sources of omega-3 fatty acids â¢ Omega-6 fatty acids: GLA Tamps down inflammation How to include GLA in your diet â¢ Omega-7 fatty acids Improves tear osmolarity How to include omega-7 fatty acids in your diet â¢ Vitamins A, C, D, E, phytonutrients Support of ocular surface and tear film Anti-inflammatory, antioxidant effects How to include Vitamins A, C, D, E, phytonutrients in your diet â¢ Probiotics Gut health and inflammation Foods to promote gut health.|
Dr Sandra Young is currently an optometrist at Visionary Kitchen: A Cookbook for Eye Health, USA, she is specialized at treating Dry eyes and she is a currently a member of Ocular Nutrition Society.
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