Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Eye Love's Dry Eye Supplement

Eye Love Omega-3 Dry Eye Advanced Ocular Formula

How many of Heyedrate's Dry Eye Omega-3 Formula Advanced Ocular Vitamin do I take per day?

Dr. Travis Zigler:

For all my patients that are just starting an omega-3 for the first time, I recommend taking a "loading dose."  A loading dose is double the normal dose for the first 30 days, which with Eye Love's Dry Eye Omega-3 Supplement would be six per day for 30 days, then reduce to the normal three per day after that

How long before I will start noticing results?

Dr. Travis Zigler: 

We recommend making this supplement a part of your daily dry eye routine. Most people will notice a positive benefit in as little as ten days, but maximum benefits can take up to 2 months of use. It may take longer in those with severe inflammation.


I cannot swallow big capsules.  How large are these pills?

Dr. Jenna Zigler: 

We do our best to reduce the size of our fish oil softgels as much as possible, but in order to contain all of the necessary components they usually end up rather large. If you have trouble taking large pills, we recommend taking them one at a time with a full glass of water. 


What are some contraindications?  I am diabetic- can I take this?

Dr. Travis Zigler:

They're generally safe, however some conditions raise safety issues you should be aware of.  To avoid these contraindications always use a high-quality fish oil that is purified.  If you have bleeding problems, are pregnant (Dr. Jenna Zigler still took it), are diabetic, or have a seafood allergy, you should consult your physician before taking a fish oil supplement.  Fish oil supplementation is usually safe in these circumstances, but care should be taken.


When do I take Heyedrate's Dry Eye Omega-3 Formula Advanced Ocular Vitamin?

Dr. Jenna Zigler: 

You can take Heyedrate's Dry Eye Omega-3 Vitamin whenever is convenient for you.  The key thing to remember is to take it with food.  

I take all three of mine in the morning with my green smoothie.   You can also take one with each meal or take it during dinner or lunch.  It does not really matter.


Can this be used in conjunction with Restasis, Xiidra and/or artificial tears?

Dr. Jenna Zigler: 

This supplement can absolutely be used along with other dry eye therapies and we recommend all of our patients do so. You should notice positive changes with this supplement within a few months of use.


Can I take this in place of my omega-3 if I don’t have dry eye?

Dr. Travis Zigler: 

Absolutely! Our Dry Eye Omega-3 contains the highest quality fish oils for all conditions, including those involving the eyes, heart, and skin. We include Vitamins C, E, B6, and magnesium because these all provide additional anti-inflammatory benefit for the body. As with any supplement, please consult your doctor before changing or adding to any medication regimen.


What is the difference between a regular omega-3 and Heyedrate's Dry Eye Omega-3 Supplement?

Dr. Travis Zigler: 

Vitamin C as ascorbic acid - Vitamin C is a strong antioxidant that decreases inflammation and irritation on the front of the eye.  Vitamin C helps the body form and maintain connective tissue, including collagen found on the front of the eye (the cornea).

Vitamin E as d-alpha tocopherol - Vitamin E works as an antioxidant, it is a major part of the body’s immune system. It helps prevent damage to the cells of the skin, liver, heart and eyes.  Vitamins C & E are strong antioxidants that prevent damage and promote healing on the eye’s surface.

Vitamin B-6 as pyroxidine HCl - Vitamin B-6 can help protect the tear film. Together with vitamin C, B-6 ensures your eyes make enough tears. Vitamin B-6 increases tear production.

Magnesium as magnesium Citrate - Magnesium also helps regulate blood sugar levels, promotes normal blood pressure, and is known to be involved in energy metabolism and protein synthesis. Magnesium repairs the eye’s surface, decreasing dryness and irritation.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids - Deficiency of omega oils has been reported to contribute to dry eye syndrome. Omega-3 fatty acids may also benefit dry eye by reducing inflammatory activity in the body and by possibly improving the function of the oil glands in the eyelids. 3 Essential Omega-3 Fatty Acids- EPA, DHA, and ALA- stimulate and enhance tear production, and reduce inflammation and irritation.

LactoferrinStudies show patients with chronic dry eye have low lactoferrin levels in their tears.  Lactoferrin reduces redness and soreness by stimulating tears, release of mucin, decreasing inflammation and aiding in wound healing.  Lactoferrin reduces redness and soreness by stimulating tears and aiding in healing the dry eye surface.



How many calories per soft gel?

Dr. Travis Zigler: 

There are 10 calories per softgel - 30 calories for the entire daily dose of 3 softgels.


How many pills in a bottle?

Dr. Travis Zigler: 

There are 90 pills in a bottle. The dosing is 3 per day, so each bottle is a 1 month supply. We also have a 90 day supply available, which contains 270 softgels.


Are these gluten free?

Dr. Jenna Zigler: 

Yes, the supplement is entirely gluten free.


Where is this made?

Dr. Travis Zigler: 

All of our supplements and skin products are proudly manufactured in the USA.


Are the softgels made of gelatin?

Dr. Jenna Zigler: 

Yes, the softgels contain gelatin in the outer coating.


Is this an FDA approved product?

Dr. Travis Zigler: 

Our product is manufactured in an FDA registered facility that is also cGMP compliant and USDA approved. All products undergo rigorous testing before, during, and after production. Third party testing is performed to ensure that all supplements contain the specified ingredients and avoid unwanted chemicals and materials.


Does the fish oil have triglycerides?

Dr. Jenna Zigler: 

Great question. If you purchased before April 30, 2017 you will have our ethyl-ester based fish oil, but if you purchased after April 30, 2017 we have changed formulation to triglyceride based fish oil.  Triglyceride based fish oil is absorbed more QUICKLY. Numerous studies have shown that it does not matter how fast or slow the fish oil is absorbed because the long term efficacy is equal. It is an area that is heavily debated with no real conclusions. Both theories have strong beliefs, but the proof is in the data.

Here is a good study found in the US National Library of Health from the National Institute of Health. When ingested by humans in the chemical form of phospholipids or triglycerides, peak levels of EPA and DHA in plasma are higher than when ingested as ethyl esters (Beckermann et al 1990; Visioli et al 2003). There is some debate as to whether this reflects better or faster absorption of EPA and DHA as phospholipids or as triglycerides or whether it relates to a slower but equally effective absorption of EPA and DHA as ethyl esters (Rupp et al 2004). It has even been argued that a slower absorption leads to steadier plasma levels, and better antiarrhythmic effects (Rupp et al 2004). When given in comparable amounts as ethyl ester or as triglyceride, slight differences in fatty acid incorporation, but no differences in effects on lipids, parameters of hemostasis, or platelet function were observed (Hansen et al 1993). In conclusion, it is not clear whether there exists a meaningful difference in the effects between ethyl ester or triglyceride forms of EPA and DHA.



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