Alternative medicine

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Fatty acids

Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids may help relieve dry eyes symptoms. These fatty acids, found in fish and vegetable oils, are thought to reduce inflammation in the body. In theory, increasing the amount of omega-3 fatty acids in your diet could reduce eye inflammation. More study is needed to prove this theory. But if you're interested in trying omega-3 fatty acids, discuss the benefits and risks with your doctor.

Omega-3 fatty acids are available in foods and in supplements. Some omega-3 fatty acid supplements can cause a fishy aftertaste and upset stomach. If this is a problem for you, look for pills that are odorless. Or, try adding foods that contain omega-3 fatty acids to your diet, such as:

  • Palm oil
  • Soybean oil
  • Flaxseed oil
  • Ground flaxseed
  • Walnuts
  • Salmon
  • Tuna
  • Mackerel
  • Sardines
  • Eggs from chickens fed with feed rich in omega-3 fatty acids


A recent study found that tear volume increased within hours after the use of caffeine. There's no specific research yet on caffeine and dry eyes, so it's not clear what effect, if any, caffeine might have on dry eyes symptoms.

Aug. 04, 2012