Dry Eyes Research, Links and Latest News

Here you will find a growing list of general links and research on eye health and eye care that I hope you might find helpful along with links to great information about health, nutrition and well-being.


Treat the Person With Dry Eyes, Not Just the Disease

A very interesting short video about remembering to take into account the psychology involved in dry eye disease. It’s not always just about treating obvious symptoms.  Well worth a look.

Patient Lifestyle Habits That Exacerbate Dry Eye Disease

An excellent article that discusses dry eye syndrome in a completely new light, taking into account factors that exacerbate – or directly lead to – the progression of symptoms.  This is the first truly holistic look at the OSD (Ocular Surface Disease) in order to shine a light on how many people come to develop OSD over time.

Emerging Treatments For MGD – Meibomian Gland Dysfunction

Although this is several years old, the review discusses a number of still current options for dealing with and treating MGD.  “MGD is one of the most common diseases observed in clinics; it influences a great number of people, and is the leading cause of evaporative dry eye”

Medications to Avoid With Dry Eyes

Common medications to look out for that exacerbate dry eyes include, over-the-counter antihistamines, anti-depressants and estrogen therapy.

Sleep Quality and Dry Eye Disease

A 2016 Japanese study assesses sleep quality in dry eye patients. Newly diagnosed DES patients show improved sleep quality after early opthalmalogic intervention as compared to established DES patients.

Dry Eye Treatments in Drug Stores & Pharmacies. What Are Your Options?

A panel of Opthalmologists and Pharmacists discuss treatment options and diagnosis for ocular surface diseases such as dry eyes. As more dry eye patients walk through the doors of pharmacies looking for help, better knowledge of the condition is required.

Another Omega 3 Study Shows Efficacy for Dry Eye Patients

A new dietary supplement with a combination of omega 3 fatty acids and antioxidants reduces dry eye symptoms in glaucoma patients.

3 Steps To Improve Ocular Health For Dry Eye Patients

A round up of treatment plans for dry eyes and the pitfalls of past treatment options. Doctors and eye specialists are slowing becoming aware of more effective treatment options for their patients.

Dehydration & Dry Eyes

Water and good hydration is critical for multiple body functions. Find out more about the benefits of hydration and dry eye relief.

Seabuckthorn Oil Shows Efficacy For Dry Eye Relief

Seabuckthorn is a small berry from the Himalayas. It is a rich source of Omega 7 fatty acids and also rich in Vitamin E  (tocotrienols). A double-blind, placebo study confirmed that Seabuckthorn oil had a positive effect on tear film osmolarity and dry eye symptoms after 3 months.

Acupuncture Shows Efficacy For Dry Eyes

Acupuncture reduces lipid tear deficiency and helped with Sjögren syndrome (Non-SSDE) related dry eyes.  The researchers note that acupuncture “provided a measurable improvement of the tear meniscus dimension”.

An Index of Common Eye Diseases & Problems

A very handy index of common eye  health issues and problems as documented by All About Vision.

Antibacterial Properties of Manuka Honey In Trials For Efficacy

Could dry eye relief be as easy as these Manuka Honey based eye drops.

Nanoparticles May Provide Enhancement To Medicated Eye Drop Formulas

Patients suffering from chronic dry eyes or dry eye syndrome may only be required to use artificial tears once a week. Clinical trials are to commence soon but I wouldn’t hold your breath. The real efficacy of this technology is still to be proven.

Vitamin Science Inc Upgrades Nutritional Component of Dry Eye Relief Formula. 

Nutritional balance, including adequate vitamins, minerals and fatty acids play a big part in dry eye disease. Dry eye relief comes with understanding this and being willing to make some sacrifices to return to some kind of nutritional balance in your diet.  This formula includes higher levels of fatty acids and includes curcumin, a potent anti inflammatory for dry eye symptoms.

New Study Validates Longevity Pathway of Resveratrol

Resveratrol is highly recommended as a method of reducing inflammation, protecting against oxidative stress and premature ageing. Thus it can be effective in protecting your eye health and reducing the inflammation cascade associated with chronic dry eye. 

This study again highlights the benefits of resveratrol as a potent protective agent against modern illnesses and disease.  In the history of pharmaceuticals, there has never been a drug that binds to a protein to make it run faster in the way that resveratrol activates SIRT1,” 

Low Testosterone Levels Associated With Higher Mortality Risk

The European Society of Cardiology finds an elevated risk of Cardiovascular disease and cancer in this population study of men aged 20 – 79 with low testosterone serum levels.

With lowered testosterone being causative for meibomian and lacrimal gland dysfunction, this study sheds light on how important healthy levels of testosterone are for men and women as they age. 

Nevada Doctor Creates Dry Eye Clinic

Mark Mitchell OD now operating in Reno.

Fresh Water Mist Spray May Show Benefits

A new hand held device that administers a near mineral free mist to the tear film helping stabilise osmolarity and down regulating inflammatory effects.

Menopause & Dry Eyes: The Surprising Connection

Dry eye syndrome is a little-known symptom of menopause. About 61 percent of perimenopausal and menopausal women suffer from dry, itchy eyes — but only 16 percent of them realize menopause is to blame, according to the Society for Women’s Health Research.

( I think this blog should really be titled, ” The Unsurprising Connection That’s Been Around For A While But Has Been Poorly Understood” )

New Eye Drop To Target Dry Eye- Associated Inflammation

Rigel Pharmaceuticals has developed a topical ophthalmic (eye drop) formulation of R348, a JAK/SYK inhibitor, aimed at reducing the underlying inflammation responsible for causing the symptoms of this condition. Phase 2 studies are about to commence.

Resveratrol & Curcumin shown to alleviate stress, protect joints and boost your mood

Scientists are still discovering yet more protective effects of resveratrol and curcumin. Gene research is shedding light on how these substances assist in switching off or turning down the genes responsible for the start of chronic disease.

Dry eye disease symptoms alone insufficient for diagnosis

Eye care is as much about prevention as it is cure. Evidence is showing standard symptoms of dry eyes are not always apparent in some dry eye patients.

Tocotrienols – A Form of Vitamin E. A New Nutrient and Antioxidant Powerhouse

What are Tocotrienols? Find out more about how this vitamin E derivative protects against cancer, downregulates inflammation, maintains healthy cells and nerves, while lowering cholesterol.

Topical Use of Arthritis Drug Provides Relief for Dry Eye Disease

Recent trials have shown a topical form of an arthritis drug, Anakinra, is effective in reducing inflammatory mediators associated with dry eye disease. A potential new eye drop is on the way once further trials are concluded.

Kids Getting Dry Eyes Due to Electronic Gadget Use

“With all the gadgets kids use these days, what we noticed now is that more and more children have dry eyes—which was unheard of before,” said Dr. Pik Sha Chan-Uy

Castor Oil Shows Promise for Evaporative Dry Eye

A recent study finds that caster oil in artificial tears increases ocular comfort and improves tear film evaporation times.

EFAs and Vitamin C – More evidence of Efficacy

Australian-based eye surgeon and ophthalmologist discusses his use of essential fatty acids and vitamin c in dry eye patients.

“I find Vitamin C quite useful either alone or as an adjunct to omega-3 supplementation.”

Vitamin C and Lipoic Acid Protective For Your Eyes

Antioxidants helped reduce free radical-induced eye stress in a 2009 study. More evidence that the potency of vitamin C and Glutathione exert strong antioxidant effect in everyday health and protect against cornea damage.

High Fructose Corn Syrup and Your Health

“Doubt and confusion are the currency of deception and they help sow the seeds of complacency.”

Dr Mark Hyman, specialist in functional medicine, explains the top 5 reasons corn syrup is damaging to your health.

Nutrition & Bad Economics: The case for Vitamins

Perhaps just a sign of the times? Being more time-poor than ever, we are a society reaching for fast-foods and quick meals just a little too easily.

Is the ‘McDonald’s effect’ alive and well again?

Study Finds Link Between Smoking, Poor Tear Film and Dry Eyes

This study of 51 smokers showed much lower tear film break up time scores than a corresponding group of non smokers. Given what we know today about smoking and chronic disease, this should not come as a surprise.

The mechanisms for why smoking is linked to dry eye disease need more investigation.

One potential connection could be made between smokers and Vitamin C status. It is common for smokers to have lower than normal levels of Vitamin C.

Ascorbic acid is known to reduce the histamine and inflammatory response in the body, including eye tissues and glands.

Fitness Increases Eye Health

A London University of Ophthalmology recently found that exercise helps to ward off Glaucoma by reducing the risk of low ocular profusion pressure (OPP).

Magnesium – The Anti-Inflammatory Mineral

New study of 3,713 postmenopausal women shows that magnesium is a powerful anti-inflammatory nutrient. Each 100 mg of magnesium per day was associated with a significant reduction in various inflammatory markers.

More evidence of magnesium’s important role as a natural anti inflammatory for your dry eye solution.

Artifical Tear Market To Top 2 Billion dollars by 2018

Dry Eye Syndrome has transformed into one of the most prevalent ocular surface diseases, with an estimated 20-30% of the world population suffering from the condition according to analysts.

Dry Eyes and Menopause


Very insightful and interesting site devoted to women’s health issues. Marcelle Pick OB\Gyn discusses the links between dry eyes, menopause and hormone imbalances, including low testosterone as a cause of dry eyes.

Low Testosterone in Dry Eye Syndrome

Testosterone treatment in Dry Eye Syndrome

Jeffrey Dach, MD discusses curing androgen deficiency as natural remedy for dry eyes. Also points to studies that shed more light on low testosterone and dry eyes. Highly recommended.



A stunning, ground-breaking documentary about the value of food to be thy medicine. Lifting the lid on the sickness industry and how food, not drugs, can prevent disease and save lives. Highly recommended and potentially life changing.

Natural Progesterone Treatment

Progesterone Therapy

A great source of information and practical guides to using natural progesterone cream for balancing hormones. Your body makes a cascade of other essential hormones from progesterone, which makes it a key hormone in overall hormone balance and very beneficial for dry eyes.

Estrogen Dominance

Too Much Estrogen Causes an Imbalance

Respected author and Doctor, John Lee, provides a brief overview of why estrogen dominance can cause a host of common problems in the body and why healthy levels of progesterone are so important.

Dry Eyes Forum

Dry Eye Talk

A great resource for support and discussion on all topics to do with dry eyes!