Role of Omega-3 fatty acids in meibomian gland dysfunction

  • Dr. Charu Jain Associate Professor, Subharti Medical College, Meerut (U.P.) India.
  • Dr. V.K. Malik Professor & HOD, Subharti Medical College, Meerut (U.P.) India.
  • Dr. Rohan Bowry JR-3, Subharti Medical College, Meerut (U.P.) India.
Keywords: Meibum quality score, Meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD), Omega-3 fatty acids, Ocular Surface Disease Index


Objective: To evaluate the role of omega-3 fatty acids in meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD).

Design: This was a prospective randomized control study that included patients with MGD attending outpatient Department of Ophthalmology, Subharti Medical College, Meerut.

Subjects: 40 patients of both sex above 40 years of age with MGD were included in the study.

Methods: Age matched randomization of patients was done in two groups of 20 each. Patients in group A were given 2 capsules of 300mg omega-3 fatty acids for 12 weeks while patients in group B were given a placebo oral supplement. Patients were examined at one-month interval for 3 months after the initial visit. At each visit Ocular Surface Disease Index (OSDI), Schirmer test, Tear film break up time (TBUT), Fluroscein staining and meibum quality score was evaluated.

Results: After 3 months we found statistically significant improvement in subjective as well as objective parameters of group A patients (p value < .05) as compared to group B patients.

Conclusion: Thus, dietary supplementation with omega-3 fatty acids is an effective treatment modality in meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD).


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Role of Omega-3 fatty acids in meibomian gland dysfunction
DOI: 10.17511/jooo.2018.i04.04
Published: 2018-12-31
How to Cite
Jain, C., Malik, V., & Bowry, R. (2018). Role of Omega-3 fatty acids in meibomian gland dysfunction. Tropical Journal of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology, 3(4), 79-84.
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