Dry eye study for people who don’t wear contact lenses (Study ID: Turmeric)

What are we trying to learn?

Nutritional omega-3 supplements have been used to maintain good health and manage dry eye disease. This study will investigate the effectiveness of two oral supplements on the improvement of symptoms in dry eye patients. Eligible participants will be given one of two oral nutritional supplements to take once a day for approximately three months.

The supplements provided for this study are a fish oil containing omega-3 or a combined coconut with olive oil supplement. Both supplements are made by Nature’s Way and are approved by Health Canada as Natural Health Products. Both products are infused with citrus flavours.

Time Commitment

If eligible, you will be asked to take a liquid oral supplement provided by us and attend the following visit schedule, for a total of 3 visits over approximately 3 months.

  • Visit 1 – Screening visit to determine eligibility –  1.5 hours
  • Visit 2 – One-month progress visit – 1 hour
  • Visit 3 – Three-month progress visit – 1 hour
  • At-home questionnaires and daily logs – 2 hours

Total time commitment – 5.5 hours

The visits will include standard clinical procedures that you might encounter when you attend a routine eye exam.

What are the requirements?

To be eligible, you must meet the following criteria:

  • At least 19 years of age
  • You must also currently use, or feel the need to use drops for dry eye

To learn more or register

Send us an email to corestudies@uwaterloo.ca or call 519-888-4742 and we’ll be happy to help you register and answer any questions.


Time Commitment

Start Date

End Date

$110 5.5 hours August 2017 Ongoing