Is there a relationship between dry eyes and diet?


While many people think that dry eye disease is just a disease of the eye, when you come to see us, we like to look after you as an individual and look after your overall wellbeing rather than just looking at your eyes.

One of the things that are causing dry eyes is having an imbalanced diet, and that’s why part of the consultation you’ll see we’re asking you about your nutrition, what you eat, what you do, and how healthy your diet is.

We might suggest some modifications. You’d be surprised sometimes how this can make your dry eye disease much better…

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For example, I’ve seen a patient who’s young, and at a young age it is unusual to have dry eyes. It turned out that this patient is under going a strict diet and triying to lose weight. She was not drinking enough fluids. Her diet was not balanced.

She lacked a lot of greens and Vitamin A in her diet. By simple measures of hydrating herself better and having some nutritional supplements, her dry eyes improved naturally without ever using artificial teardrops.

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Mr Samer Hamada | Consultant Ophthalmologist and Corneal Surgeon

MD, MSc, DO (hons), FRCSEd, FRCOphth I am Samer Hamada, founder and consultant ophthalmic surgeon with over 20 years’ experience in ophthalmology. I am a world-renowned specialist in cornea, cataract and refractive surgery. I’m not only a leading surgeon but also the only dual fellowship trained in corneal diseases in children from reputable institutions in the UK. At Eye Clinic London I work closely with other consultant ophthalmologists, optometrists and orthoptists to achieve the best outcomes for our patients. Our main aim is to make sure our patients get the safest and best treatments available to them. We put your safety before anything else so you can rest assured that if you choose us you will be in the best and safest hands.

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