Alternative medicine

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Further study is needed, but some alternative medicine approaches may help relieve your dry eye symptoms. Discuss the benefits and risks with your doctor.

  • Fatty acids. Adding omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids to your diet may help relieve dry eye signs and symptoms. These are available as supplements and in foods such as flaxseed, salmon, sardines and vegetable oils.
  • Castor oil eyedrops. These eyedrops may improve symptoms by reducing tear evaporation.
  • Acupuncture. Some people have seen their dry eye symptoms improve after acupuncture therapy.
July 24, 2015