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Natural Dry Eye Treatment by Dr. Michael Lange Optometrist and Certified Nutrition Specialist
January 9, 2013
Natural dry eye treatment may be the best treatment for dry eyes.

by Michael Lange OD, CNS

What is the best treatment for dry eyes? This is a question that optometrists and ophthalmologists have been trying to figure out for years. A lot of money and research is used in developing a dry eye treatment that works. Everyone is looking for that magic potion or miracle dry eye treatment. Patients with dry eyes will try anything to get relief of their symptoms. Currently the traditional approach to dry eye treatment is to use artificial tears, oral and topical antibiotics, topical steroids and punctal plugs. Some newer dry eye treatments are Meibomian gland probing, IPL ( intense pulse light therapy), and Lipiflow. These newer treatments for dry eye are all aimed at unplugging the Meibomian glands to allow a healthier flow of the crucial outer lipid layer of the tear film. These treatments are not covered by insurances and are relatively expensive and not permanent.

Sometimes the simplest and most natural approach is the best. I have been seeing dry eye patients in an extremely busy dry eye practice since 1992. I have been able to determine what works and what doesn’t work. I have taken all of my years of experience in clinical dry eye treatment and nutrition and formed a natural dry eye treatment plan that works quite well . I have patients that travel 1000s of miles to come to The Lange Eye Institute in the Villages Florida to learn about natural eye care . We take a wellness approach to our patients at Lange Eye Care and help the patient to become pro active in their future health through dietary changes and lifestyle modifications. We use this wellness approach to complement our traditional medical and surgical care of our patients. Many patients come to Lange Eye Care for a second opinion because the traditional dry eye treatment was not working and they are seeking out a different approach. We have been able to help many patients that traditional dry eye treatments have failed through a more natural approach.

Patients respond favorably to a natural dry eye treatment approach. First and foremost most patients will need a diet overhaul. The typical American with dry eye is consuming a pro inflammatory diet that is very high in omega 6 fatty acids. These patients will respond well by simply changing their diet to an anti inflammatory diet . I recommend a combination of the gluten-free, Paleo and mediterranean diets. Eating more fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, nuts and seeds and staying away from processed foods is the idea behind these diets. Simply by adjusting their diet many patients will report less dry eye symptoms and feel better and look better. Most patients with dry eyes are also dehydrated. They are not drinking enough good quality water and drinking too much coffee, sodas and alcohol. When we bump up their water consumption to half their body weight in ounces of good quality water and add a few glasses of coconut water many of the signs of dehydration will start to improve including dry eye symptoms. A small amount of coffee may actually be good for dry eyes. Some recent studies prove that small amounts of caffeine may stimulate the tear glands. I do still recommend one to two cups of coffee a day. I also recommend consuming green tea, white tea, almond milk and coconut milk throughout the day. When consuming large amounts of water drink only spring water or filtered well water. Stay away from reverse osmosis and distilled water due to the acid ph and the lack of minerals. Try to drink spring water out of a glass bottle however if you can’t find it in glass it is ok in plastic as long as it is kept at room temperature.

Smoking lowers serum antioxidant levels in the blood and increases the risk of all eye problems including dry eyes. Smoking cessation is tops on the list to help improve dry eyes. Patients that are overweight are also more likely to have dry eyes ,cataracts, glaucoma and macular degeneration. Weight loss is also a step in the right direction of helping to eliminate the dry eye suffering many patients are plagued with.

Dry eye vitamins are becoming very popular and there are a variety of dry eye vitamins that can be purchased over the counter at the local drug store. People must be very careful when purchasing their vitamins from the local drug store. Many of the supplements and eye vitamins sold at the local drug store are filled with synthetic nutrients, dyes and trans fats. These supplements in my opinion may sometimes cause more harm than good. I got tired of questioning the quality of the supplements that my patients were getting from the local stores so started Fortifeye Vitamins in 2005. Fortifeye Vitamins is involved in research and developement of science based supplements to help the eyes and total body. www.fortifeye.com

Fortifeye Super Omega is many doctors choice for dry eye.

The number one supplement or vitamin for dry eye is Omega 3 fish oil. The typical fish oil that you purchase at the local drug store will not have a high enough concentration of omega 3 to be effective against dry eye. These typical store bought omega fish oils are made of an inferior oil called ethyl ester fish oil. Ethyl ester fish oil is an inexpensive way to purify and concentrate a fish oil however it makes the molecule very unstable and can therefore go rancid very easily. This is why many people burp up a nasty rotten fish smell. I recommend going with a triglyceride form omega fish oil with a minimal concentration of EPA 850-900 and DHA of 550-600 in two gel caps. Taking these levels of this type of fish oil will move the omega index to a truly healthy level over 9%. The omega index is the ratio of omega 3 to omega 6 in our blood. New studies suggest an omega index over 8% is the healthy zone. Fortifeye super omega is the fish oil I recommend since it full fills all of this criteria. Fortifeye Super Omega has an Epa of 860 and a DHA of 580 in two gel caps. An omega three study proved that two Fortifeye Super omega will bring the omega index on an average over 9.1 % and in many patients as high as 11%. This fish oil has a very good taste ad will not cause any burp back. It is in a gel cap that can be swallowed or is also made as a chewable capsule as well. 1000s of doctors and patients are experiencing the dry eye benefits from taking Fortifeye Super Omega. I recommend patients that have severely dry eyes or patients that weigh over 240 lbs to take three to four of the Fortifeye Super Omega on a daily basis.

Fortifeye Focus improves dry tired eye symptoms. Works well with Fortifeye Super omega.

My second favorite supplement or vitamin for dry eye is a carotenoid called astaxanthin. Astaxanthin is a potent anti oxidant as well as a potent anti inflammatory. Astaxanthin has been shown in multiple studies to reduce eye strain and improve accommodative ability in near point tasks. Astaxanthin is also used by athletes to improve muscle endurance and muscle recovery. Many patients notice less wrinkles and fine lines in their face after taking astaxanthin for a few months. This potent carotenoid also has some sun blocking properties ultimately helping to protect the skin and eyes from the damaging suns rays. Fortifeye Focus is a supplement I developed using 6 mg of astaxanthin, 4 mg of lutein and 200 mcg of zeaxanthin. I have had incredible results with this product and patients with dry eyes. When combined with Fortifeye Super Omega the dry eye benefits are improved dramatically from either one used alone. Many of my patients are noticing dramatic improvement in dry eye and tired eye symptoms after taking both Super Omega and Focus for 1-2 months. Subjective and objective improvements are noted on these patients. Since many of these patients will fall short of eating the 10-13 servings of organically grown fruits and vegetables , I recommend taking a good multivitamin. I have developed a multivitamin called Fortifeye Complete One-per-day for this situation. It is important when dealing with dry eye patients to make sure they are not nutritionally deficient. A nutritional deficiency can be a cause of dry eyes. A Potassium deficiency can also be a cause of dry eye. This is another reason I recommend dry eye patients drinking a few glasses of coconut water a day . Coconut water is very high in potassium and is one of the best ways to hydrate .

Fortifeye One Per Day most potent multivitamin in the industry

It is also important to practice good lid hygiene if you are a dry eye sufferer. I recommend hot compresses with a warm wash cloth for 15 minutes three times a day while massaging the lid margins. This will help to unclog the Meibomian glands and ultimately improve tear flow to the ocular surface. I also recommend scrubbing the eye lashes with a good lid scrub foam like occusoft lid scrub foam two times a day. This will get rid of the bacterial flora that builds up on the lids and clogs the Meibomian glands. Lastly it is important to use a good unpreserved artificial tear to help alleviate the dry eye symptoms. I recommend Oasis Tears Plus and Retaine. Both of these lubricants are preservative free and last longer than the artificial tears you can purchase over the counter. These lubricating eye drops can be used frequently throughout the day. All of the supplements, foam cleanser and artificial tears I have discussed can be purchased through many eye care providers or you can purchase online at www.fortifeye.com

Total Dry Eye System

In summary, Dry eye is a chronic condition that wont go away over night. However if the suggestions made in this article are followed then the chances of your dry eye improving are significant. This article was for educational purposes only and never replaces a comprehensive eye exam from your local optometrist or ophthalmologist. I hope this has been informative!

Keep the faith

Dr. Michael Lange Optometrist and Certified Nutrition Specialist

syndicated talk show host of “Ask the Dr.”.

The Lange Diet Plan

After years of seeing what works and what doesn’t, Dr Michael Lange developed the Lange Diet. This diet was originally developed by Dr Lange to help provide proper nutrition information to his macular degeneration patients. He has modified the “Lange Diet” a few times to be paleo friendly, fodmap free and gluten free. The Lange […]

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Blue Light Defense introduces all new digital free form progressive lens.

Blue  Light Defense introduces their new German designed digital free form progressive lens called Blue Defense Extreme Progressive. Dr. Michael Lange of Lange Eye Care was the first in The United States to use this lens.  Dr Lange has been prescribing this lens since November 2014 with some incredible results.  This is one of the […]

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Blue Light Defense protects the eye from harmful Blue Light

Blue Light Defense and other blue filtering lenses  are  one of the biggest technological advancements in lens technology to come about this century. Science has now proven that the High intensity visible light ( blue light) is some of the most harmful to our eyes and entire body.   This is specifically the wave lenghts between 400-450 nm.  […]

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Michael Lange Optometrist interview discussing The true benefits of good Omega 3 fish oil

Dr. Michael Lange Optometrist, Talk show host and nutrition specialist has been involved in omega 3 research for over ten years. He was one of the first in the health care field to develop a super concentrated purified triglyceride form omega 3 fish oil.  He was not satisfied with the typical omega 3 fish oils, […]

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Michael Lange OD of Lange Eye Care develops Genotype Directed Nutritional Supplements for Macular Degeneration

Michael Lange OD of Lange Eye Care develops the first Genotype Directed nutritional supplements for Macular Degeneration. Michael Lange OD  founder of Fortifeye Vitamins has been involved in research and development of nutritional supplements for  eye and total body health for over 10 years. The newest studies now indicate that a relatively high percentage of patients with […]

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Natural Treatment of Dry Eyes and Meibomian Gland Dysfunction by Michael Lange OD

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Hydroponic farming

Hydroponically grown food: the future of farming I have seen what proper nutrition can do for the health of my patients, family and friends. As a Certified Nutrition Specialist, I am a daily advocate of eating a healthy diet as one of the key components of living a long, happy, healthy and disease-free life. I […]

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Dry Eye Nutrition – Vitamins, Omega-3, Astaxanthin and Fish Oil

Dry Eye Nutrition Michael Lange OD, CNS 10/10/2011 Is dry eye nutrition overlooked? Learn how vitamins, fish oil, omega-3 and astaxanthin can help improve dry eyes. Is your dry eye nutrition affected by a low omega index? Dr. Michael P. Lange OD CNS discusses omega-3, eye nutrition, omega-3 fish oil, supplements, dry eye vitamins, omega […]

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Proper Nutrition and Dry Eyes

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What Are The Health Benefits Of Omega Three?

Dr. Michael Lange, OD CNS explains the differences between triglyceride form fish oil and ethyl ester fish oils. Learn to enjoy the benefits of omega three fatty acids by taking a high quality omega three fish oil with improved bio availability and absorption. Fortifeye Super Omega provides the benefits of omega three fatty acids with higher EPA and DHA values in a triple molecularly distilled and concentrated triglyceride form fish oil.

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A New Generation One-A-Day Multivitamin Supplement

An incredible new one-a-day multivitamin supplement for eyes and body, Fortifeye vitamins offers the best vitamin supplements for free radical damage, macular degeneration and proper nutrition. Get a good multivitamin supplement with grape seed extract, lutein, zeaxanthin, vitamins and minerals. Fortifeye One A Day Multivitamin health supplements contain no vitamin A or beta carotene.

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A Special Vitamin Formula For Dry Eye Syndrome

Fortifeye Dry Eye Extreme relieves symptoms of dry eyes, tired eyes and dry eye syndrome with triglyceride based omega-3 fish oil. Balance between omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids, combination of vitamin D, black currant oil, and astaxanthin improves tear production and provides relief from dry, tired eyes and eye strain for computer users.

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Omega-3 Fish Oil, A Natural Treatment For Dry Eyes

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Sunglasses for Mountain Biking

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Changes in Diet, Vitamins and Lifestyle Modifications To Help Macular Degeneration

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How To Pick A Good Omega Three Fish Oil

Dr Michael P Lange on how to pick a good omega three fish oil. Learn about the natural triglyceride form of fish oil versus ethyl ester fish oil. The omega three fatty acids provided in Fortifeye Super Omega fish oil help to maintain a healthy omega-3 to omega-6 ratio in the body. For best results, take a natural triglyceride based fish oil similar to that found in wild salmon.

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