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Omega-3 not as beneficial for dry eye disease as believed: Study

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found in fish-derived supplements and commonly used to treat is no more effective than at alleviating the condition, a new clinical trial shows.

is an that causes burning, itching, or stinging sensations in the eye, as well as impairs vision.

The study results refute the long-held belief that EPA and DHA -- types of Omega-3 -- reduce dry eye symptoms.

Even the highest dose of Omega-3 supplements ever tested, did not show significant difference than in outcomes for participants, the researchers said.

"Our findings provide evidence that, contrary to a long-held belief in the ophthalmic community, Omega-3 supplements are not significantly better than a at reducing dry eye symptoms," said Maureen Maguire, at the University of Pennsylvania, US.

"The results are significant and may change the way a lot of ophthalmologists and optometrists treat their patients," added Vatinee Y. Bunya, Assistant at the varsity.

For the clinical trial, published in the of Medicine, the team enrolled a total of 535 participants with at least a six-month history of moderate to severe dry eye.

A total of 349 participants received daily doses of fish-derived Omega-3 and 186 participants received a daily dose of

Each Omega-3 dose contained 2,000 milligrams of EPA and 1,000 milligrams of DHA. Each placebo dose contained 5 grams, or roughly one teaspoon, of

After 12 months, the researchers found that participant's symptoms had improved substantially in both groups, but there was no significant difference in the degree of symptom improvement between the groups.



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First Published: Sat, April 14 2018. 16:14 IST