Dry eyes are a painful, aching affair. Hyaluronic acid (HA) supplements for dry eyes are one possible pathway to relief.
Are you always rubbing at your eyes to relieve the constant itchiness or burning? Do you feel like sand is stuck to your eyelid at all times of the day? Even with constant eye drops, you might feel like your eyes just don’t get any better. In this post, we will help you pinpoint the root of your dryness and work toward relief.
What Causes Dry Eyes?
If you’re seeking relief, you probably experience at least some of these symptoms:
- Constant itchiness
- Grittiness (like there’s sand stuck in your eyes)
- Blurred vision
- Sensitivity to light
Your eyes contain a protective layer to keep moisture in—we call it a “tear film.” But if you have dry eyes, that layer is very thin and can’t stop water from escaping. There are a few reasons why this layer thins out:
- Certain medications can dry out your tear film (like antihistamines and birth control)
- Some eye conditions may cause inflammation
- Not enough essential omega-7 fatty nutrients
- Hormonal changes from perimenopause and menopause
What is Hyaluronic Acid?
Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a hot topic in the beauty industry. It usually comes in the form of a serum, which you apply directly onto your skin for hydration. One gram of hyaluronic acid is capable of holding one liter of moisture—that’s 4 glasses of water! Despite the “acid” component of its name, HA can actually be very soothing. But what is it exactly?
It’s a gel-like substance that your body creates naturally to lubricate and moisturize your joints, eyes, and skin. This hydration powerhouse actually makes up most of your eyeball. It helps to keep your eyes feeling nice and hydrated throughout the day.
Should I Use Hyaluronic Acid Supplements for Dry Eyes?
While we have looked at how effective this acid can be for skin, what can a supplement do for your dry eyes? Some research suggests that taking HA orally can improve the protective tear layer, even more so than using it directly in the eye.
However, a combination of the two seems to be the most effective.
Tips for Dry Eye Relief
Besides hyaluronic acid, here are a few diet changes you can make for more effective treatment:
- Include oily fish in your diet, like salmon. They contain lots of fatty acids that may help rebuild your eye’s tear film.
- Don’t consume animal products? Take omega-3 fatty acid supplements made from vegan sources.
- Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day (that’s 64 oz. in total). If you’re dehydrated, your protective layer will dry out too.
Talk to Us About Your Symptoms Today
If your dry eye symptoms make everyday life difficult, you should speak to your eye doctor or local pharmacist about hyaluronic acid supplements for dry eyes. Our pharmacist, Sonia, is waiting for your call at 305-665-4411!
At our compounding pharmacy, we also offer a line of reputable supplements, which include HA. Explore our virtual shop here.