Omega-3 not as beneficial for dry eye disease as believed: Study

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New York: Omega-3 fatty acid found in fish-derived supplements and commonly used to treat dry eye disease is no more effective than placebo at alleviating the condition, a new clinical trial shows.

Dry eye disease is an often chronic condition that causes burning, itching, or stinging sensations in the eye, as well as impairs vision. 

The study results refute the long-held belief that EPA and DHA — types of Omega-3 — reduce dry eye symptoms. 

Even the highest dose of Omega-3 supplements ever tested, did not show significant difference than placebo in outcomes for participants, the researchers said. 

“Our findings provide evidence that, contrary to a long-held belief in the ophthalmic community, Omega-3 supplements are not significantly better than a placebo at reducing dry eye symptoms,” said Maureen Maguire, Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, US. 

“The results are significant and may change the way a lot of ophthalmologists and optometrists treat their patients,”…

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