The Powerful Role of Vitamin E on Dry Eye


Although it does not appear a deficiency in vitamin E will result in dry eye, vitamin E is used to treat the symptoms of dry eye.


Benefits of Vitamin E on the Eyes:

Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant and a major part of the body’s immune system. It helps prevent damage to the cells of the skin, liver, and heart as well as the eyes. In a study geared towards gauging age-related diseases, researchers found patients had a 28% lower risk of developing age-related macular degeneration when taking vitamins C and E along with beta-carotene and zinc. The same study also mentions its benefits of preventing cataracts.

It is also believed to help prevent damage to the eyes associated with diabetes as well as control blood glucose and cholesterol levels.

According to the website healingtheeye.com, “Vitamin E is another important antioxidant essential for the health of the eye and helps promote healthy tear film function.”

Huffingtonpost.com reporter Shira Hirschman would agree, “I can honestly tell you that, as someone whose left eye is dry minutes after inserting drops. Optometrists and women's magazines will suggest taking natural supplements such as fish oil, flaxseed oil, and vitamin E.”  This combination can be found in Eye Love’s Dry Eye Formula.


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Pure vitamin E is recommended over synthetic sources because it’s absorbed by the body better. How do you tell the difference? According to chiro.org, “On a supplement label, natural vitamin E is listed as d-alpha tocopherol, d-alpha tocopheryl acetate, or d-alpha tocopheryl succinate. In contrast, synthetic forms of vitamin E are labeled with a dl- prefix. Alpha-tocopherol is the most biologically active form of vitamin E, and its natural form consists of one isomer.”


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Other Benefits of Vitamin E

Vitamin E has been studied and utilized for its effects at treating various physical maladies:

  • There is significant evidence that vitamin E has beneficial effects fighting and preventing heart disease
  • Vitamin E is also a very effective cancer treatment, studies have been done evaluating the vitamin’s effectiveness fighting prostate, colon, as well as breast cancers
  • There are studies linking vitamin E (found in whole foods, not as supplements) with prevention of mental declines such as Alzheimer’s and Dementia
  • It can also alleviate menopause symptoms

Vitamin E supplementation is not only recommended as a possible treatment for dry eye symptoms, but it is an all-around wonder vitamin containing beneficial effects for many health issues. Give it a try today!


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Dr. Travis Zigler

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Gene Amigh on February 20 2017 at 10:23PM

Hoping to find this support group helpful while finding relief for extreme dry eye issues.

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