Hello, forgive me for making this short but I only have 20 minutes before heading off to work. I'm 42 and have recently been diagnosed with dry eyes. I've been told that I'm too young for dry eyes but well that hasn't stopped me. Retrospectively I noticed the changes in my eyes occured after I became a vegan in early 2008 when I was incidentally in grad school. I've tried many things including restatis which worked marvellously to warm compresses, occasional allergy medicine to alleviate redness and itching, which doesn't actually go away just diminishes. The eye doctor, whom I went to after checking out what restatis would cost--$1000/3month-- after my free samples ran out and if my insurance didn't cover it, recommended taking Hydroeyes (some such) which all the literature recommended. Unfortunately, the omega fatty acids all come from fish oil. I've looked for omega complexes that are plant based but have not been able to locate any such supplement and all the omegas as well as various vitamins and minerals are necessary to produce quality tears.
So my question. What are your recommendations? Is there a supplement out there besides eating Udo's oil by the daily tablespoon that I can use mor my eyes? Because unfortunately I would choose my eyesight and seeing clearly and not through a smoggy haze and not being photophobic and generally miserable over the sacred lives of fish. If I need to, I'll take the fish oil, but I'd rather not.
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