Recommendations for Lipid Deficiency Dry Eye
Recommendations based on a Lipid Deficiency Dry Eye (MOST common form)
The goal of treating lipid deficiency dry eye is to reduce the evaporation of tears from the ocular surface as low moisture causes irritation and damage to the ocular tissue.
Acute treatment strategies involve drops and and ongoing strategies involve drops and getting your body to produce better tears.
LEVEL ONE (Acute): Use non-preserved rewetting drops designed for Lipid Deficiency. Recommended 2-6 times per day.
Option 1 - Hyabak® - filtered bottle
Option 2 – non-preserved Optive Fusion or non-preserved Optive Advanced - available through any pharmacy – individual use
LEVEL TWO (ongoing): All level ONE recommendations but to an enhanced vigilance also add
 5min of Bruder Mask in morning and at bedtime
 Omega 3’s (more info here) 1000mg/day to 2000mg/day (note that Omega 3 is not to be used with Coumadin or other Rx blood thinners)
LEVEL ONE or TWO PLUS+: (overnight irritation) Add a non-preserved eye gel at bedtime - Recommended: Ocunox or I-Defence
LEVEL THREE (hyper acute inflammatory): Pulse of prescription topical steroid and/or oral medications would be discussed by Optometrist for inflammatory dry eye disease. There are also non-steroidal medications that can be prescribed for ongoing use to battle inflammatory dry eye.
How much Omega 3 should I take for dry eye?
Simple question but the answer is a bit complex. Omega 3 supplements vary widely in their potency.