Nutritional supplements may help ease dry eye symptoms that are commonly associated with contact lens discomfort due to dryness on the corneal surface.
Mucin: This natural protein acts as a "glue" that binds tears to the surface of the cornea. Mucin coats dry spots, maintains tear film integrity and forms a vapor barrier that keeps moisture from evaporating from the eye too quickly. These eye-hydrating properties promote contact lens comfort.
Polar phospholipids: Phosphatidylethanolamine, phosphatidylcholine, sphingomyelin and phosphatidylserine are orthomolecules that exist naturally throughout the body, including within the eye's tear glands. Phospholipids play a role in maintaining tear film integrity and proper eye hydration.
Omega-3 fatty acids: Found in flaxseed, borage and fish oils, the Omega-3s DHA, EPA and ALA all help to modulate tear gland inflammation. Omega-3s' soothing properties help to minimize dry eye and optimize eye hydration for contact lens comfort.
Vitamins C and B6: Omega-3 fatty acid nutrition for healthy tear production is better absorbed and utilized by the body when it is taken in conjunction with vitamin C and vitamin B6.
Turmeric: This famed Indian spice is increasingly shown by scientific research to have powerful inflammation-modulating properties which may ease contact lens-related dry eye symptoms.
Phytosterols: These plant-based compounds promote eye hydration and tear production, maintaining a healthy, comfortable eye environment for contact lens wearers.