Vitamin D Deficiency & Dry Eye Syndrome

Patients with vitamin D deficiency should be evaluated for dry eye syndromes, according to a study published online Aug. 13 in the International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases. A study assessed the relationship between vitamin D deficiency and dry eye and impaired tear function in 98 premenopausal women (50 with vitamin D deficiency). “…Dry eye and impaired tear function in patients with vitamin D deficiency may indicate a protective role of vitamin D in the development of dry eye, probably by enhancing tear film parameters and reducing ocular surface inflammation,” the authors write.

If you have itchy, uncomfortable eyes or have been told you have dry eyes, come in for an evaluation. We may find that Vitamin D supplementation may help your eyes feel better.