What NOT To Eat If You Have Dry Eye

What NOT To Eat

Who, at some point, has not had dry eye? That burning, scratching feeling that makes life uncomfortable. There may be a way to avoid it or at least minimize dry eye.  Avoiding dry eye may be as simple as a few diet changes! Scientists are beginning to find out that what we eat does matter. None of us like to change our eating habits, but what if it was easy and helped your health?  

Common Sense Foods to Avoid and Cut Down On

Junk food such as chips and cookies can negatively impact your eyes. Just think about it. Chips have a lot of salt and make you thirsty, meaning they’re dehydrating your body. Alcohol not only dries your eyes, but it dries out your entire system through dehydration. If you decide to drink, possibly the best way would be to drink a glass of water before every drink of alcohol you have, keeping your booze consumption to a minimum and re-hydrating your system at the same time. That should also cut back on any hangover impact!

Refined sugars are found in so many man-made and processed foods (think cakes, pies, cookies, and even crackers!). Refined sugars have all kinds of negative effects on your body. Consider eating an apple instead of that sugary candy bar. Take a look at food labels and see if you can take some sugar out of your diet; not only will it help you with your eyes, but it could also do so with many other health problems. Flavored waters and other foods high in artificial sweeteners are also risky. It's fairly easy to make your own flavored sugar-free drinks at very little cost. And if you cut back on sugars in the rest of our diet, you may find you don’t need as much sweetener added because you’ll start to taste the natural sugars in your foods. You’ll eventually get rid of those cravings!

Almost everyone loves that steak or burger, but too much red meat can also affect your eyes, so try having more foods with omega-3s in them like wild-caught fatty fish (salmon, tuna, mackerel, and sardines). And who would have even considered that dairy products could be a link to dry eyes?  Like red meat, using less of it will not only help your eyes, but your heart as well. This is as simple as replacing your regular milk with almond milk, coconut milk, or cashew milk!

French Fries and fried foods are just part of the American culture right? How much do you value your eyes and sight? How much are you willing to give up as you age? If cutting back on fried foods and eating more vegetables and fruits would help your eye health, wouldn't it be worth it? And it does help. Caffeine consumption has also been on the rise since the 1970s, and while some caffeine is good for your eyes too much can also be harmful. Like alcohol, it dries out your system. Swap out a cup of coffee for a great decaffeinated tea!

Allergies: Could They Cause Dry Eye?

Think you have a food allergy? If so, cut out foods you think might be the culprit one by one. Surprisingly if you are allergic to certain foods, they can also dry out your eyes and the other effects are miserable. The most common food allergies include milk products, eggs, and wheat/gluten. Be good to your eyes because you need them, and they make your life more enjoyable! What have you found to be helpful in cutting down on some of the damaging foods above? Share a few recipes with us below!

One Love,

Dr. Jenna Zigler

Other Dry Eye articles by Dr. Zigler: 4 Tips to Stop Waking Up With Dry, Painful EyesWhich Antidepressants Cause Dry EyeFish Oil for Fighting Dry Eye Inflammation; and What Not To Eat If You Have Dry Eye


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MARY JANE FRANCISCO on January 08 2018 at 03:28AM

I was told that I have ocular roscea and it was causing my dry eye.

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