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Which Foods Help With Dry Eye Syndrome?

“Your diet is a bank account. Good food choices are good investments,” according to Bethenny Frankel. Lucky for us, a wide array of foods and nutrients help dry eye and are also tasty. Let’s explore the best food investments to alleviate dry eye symptoms.

  1. Water, always drink enough water or have moist foods that are cooked in oil-free liquids such as rice, grains, beans, or soups. Herbal teas such as chrysanthemum can benefit the eyes.

  2. Choose an anti-inflammatory diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables, and avoid inflammatory foods such as sugar and white flour.

  3. Foods high in omega-3 fatty acids. These include fatty fish such as sardines, salmon, mackerel, flax seeds, seaweeds, and soy products. According to a meta-analysis of 17 clinical trials, having omega-3s in the diet has shown a statistically significant improvement in dry eye symptoms. That means you can keep enjoying those delectable Texas gulf oysters.

  4. Nuts and seeds, in moderation, can increase the natural oils in your eyes.

  5. Zinc can help protect your eyes from infection. Try toasted pumpkin seeds and oysters, eggs, milk, or salmon.

  6. Foods rich in vitamin C include certain greens, citrus, broccoli, and goji berries.

  7. Vitamin E-rich foods include pumpkin seeds, spinach, arugula, other greens, walnuts, and almonds.

  8. Vitamin A-rich foods, such as liver, carrots, and broccoli, and signature Texas vegetables, such as spinach and kale.

  9. Foods high in antioxidants, especially the retinal protecting Zeaxanthin and Lutein, such as brussels sprouts, leafy greens, and grapes.

  10. Caffeine can stimulate tear production.


Food is our daily medicine, yet it doesn’t have to taste like medicine. There is enough variety on this list to please most eaters. Try adding one or two items at a time, and notice what a difference it makes.

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