Like overall health, eye health issues can become complicated if you only focus on one possible cause. For example, occasional dry eye is more than a contact lens discomfort or a lack of tears. It’s a multifaceted concern that could have several causes and contributors, and most of the time, regular fish oil supplements are not enough to relieve all of the symptoms.

Fish oils

Fish oil supplements contain just that: fish oil. Typically suggested for heart concerns, they are not specifically made to relieve occasional dry eye symptoms. The main reason fish oils are prescribed for dryness and irritation is for the Omega-3s. Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) are some of the most important fatty acids found in fish oils, but it could take patients 4-7 pills per day to get the amount of Omega-3s needed for relief.

Occasional Dry Eye Supplements

Occasional dry eye nutraceuticals, on the other hand, are designed with multiple ingredients to specifically relieve patients’ symptoms. Most supplements contain Omega-3s, supporting the significant structural components of tissue cell membranes, but quality between the different products can vary. It’s important to verify the purity standards of each product or company.

Occasional dry eye nutraceuticals are more than Omega-3s and fish oil. Effective nutraceuticals will have a number of ingredients specifically aimed at alleviating symptoms from the inside out. One ingredient that is effective is evening primrose oil which contains gamma-linoleic acid (GLA), an ingredient shown to positively impact symptoms.