Fish Oil Won’t Work on Dry Eye Disease, a Common Ailment Mostly in United States

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Fish Oil is the medicine recommended to many suffering from Dry Eye disease. But, a new study which evolved on this says that the oil doesn’t work on the dry eye and has been causing disruption. Dry eye disease affects more than 16 million Americans, causing burning, itching, stinging, and impaired vision. There will be many people who will have a challenge ahead of this new study.

“Omega-3 supplements are no more effective than placebo at alleviating dry eye symptoms,” read the findings from a randomized clinical trial involving 535 people and published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Experts estimate that in the United States dry eye costs some $55 billion per year in lost productivity and medical care, according to background information in the article.

Those enrolled in the study had all struggled with moderate to severe dry eye for at least six months. The subjects were randomly assigned to either a daily dose of an omega-3 supplement or an olive oil placebo, delivered in identical capsules. Neither the patients nor their eye doctors knew which treatment group they were in. After a year, symptoms had “improved substantially in both groups,” said the report.

A total of 61 percent of people in the omega-3 group and 54 percent of those in the control group achieved at least a 10-point improved, but the difference between groups was not statistically significant. “We were surprised that the omega-3 supplements had no beneficial effect,” said study co-author Vatinee Bunya, an assistant professor of ophthalmology at Perelman School of Medicine at University of Pennsylvania.

“The results are significant and may change the way a lot of ophthalmologists and optometrists treat their patients.” According to Matthew Gorski, an ophthalmologist at Northwell Health in New York, doctors interested in dry eye and the effectiveness of fish oil supplements have “eagerly awaited results of clinical trials with the hope that it would potentially improve one’s quality of life.”

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