I have very dry eyes. They itch and hurt and the right eye tears all day.
Q. Dear Terry, “I have very dry eyes. They itch and hurt and the right eye tears all day. Can you please let me know what to do? Is there anything I can take to stop this? Thank you very much.” — Lily N., Livonia, MI
A. Dear Lily, I would first recommend consulting with your healthcare practitioner to rule out the possibility that an underlying condition is causing your symptoms. If everything checks out, I would then suggest trying the following nutrients.
I recommend trying Sea buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides) oil. The fruit of the sea buckthorn, a hardy plant native to Europe and Asia, has been called a “nutrient bomb” because it is so rich in flavonoids, vitamins, and other beneficial compounds. The seeds contain exceptionally high omega fatty acids, including the rare Omega-7 fatty acid (palmitoleic acid). There are excellent studies demonstrating the ability of sea buckthorn oil, when taken internally in softgel capsules, to reduce dryness of the eyes. There are also clinical studies using sea buckthorn oil for Sjögren’s syndrome, which is a difficult autoimmune disease that causes excessive mucous membrane (especially mouth and eye) dryness. I would suggest taking 1,000 mg twice daily. When looking for a sea buckthorn product, make sure it contains BOTH the seed oil and pulp. While both extracts are healthy, only the pulp contains omega-7. Believe it or not, there are sea buckthorn products on the market that contain absolutely no omega-7 fatty acids! So this is definitely a case of buyer beware.
You may also want to consider adding a good B complex supplement to your daily regimen. I recommend taking 50 mg of B complex twice daily. Consideration may also be given to curcumin and omega-3 fatty acids to further support your vision, as well as your overall health.
Terry . . . Naturally