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Very dry eyes after 8 months vegan

post #1 of 27
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I have been a vegan for about 8 months. My eyes prior to this switch had literal no visible blood vessels, completely white. I'd like to find out whats causing this, thank you.

Feel free to ask questions.
post #2 of 27
I highly, highly doubt there is any correlation between eating (or not eating) animals and dry eyes. If you want to find out what's causing it then you should go see an eye doctor.
post #3 of 27
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Originally Posted by fadeaway1289 View Post

I highly, highly doubt there is any correlation between eating (or not eating) animals and dry eyes. If you want to find out what's causing it then you should go see an eye doctor.

I'm not saying there's a correlation, im asking what in a vegan diet could cause this, or a lack of something. Thank you for the bump however.
post #4 of 27
I've never heard of this being related to diet.

Mine, for example, is related to Rosacea and allergies.
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post #5 of 27
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I'm not saying there's a correlation, im asking what in a vegan diet could cause this, or a lack of something. Thank you for the bump however.

That's correlation....
post #6 of 27
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That's correlation....

I clearly stated im not saying there is, im asking...
post #7 of 27
Do you take any allergy medications?
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post #8 of 27
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im asking what in a vegan diet could cause this, or a lack of something.

did u not write this?

To answer your question, it's not veganism that is causing your dry eyes.
post #9 of 27
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I don't take medication atm and nor do i have any known allergy
post #10 of 27
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did u not write this?

To answer your question, it's not veganism that is causing your dry eyes.

It easily could, every vegan has a different meal plan or setup. It's subjective to the individual.
post #11 of 27
Alcoholism causes dry eyes.
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post #12 of 27
Wind and pollen cause dry eyes.
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post #13 of 27
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Wind and pollen cause dry eyes.

I don't drink nor have i ever had seasonal allergies
post #14 of 27
Mayo Clinic has no food item on their list of dry eye causes.
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post #15 of 27
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It easily could, every vegan has a different meal plan or setup. It's subjective to the individual.

Which would be correlation right? U are expressing opposing ideas. If u think its your diet dont say its not correlated to your diet....

I dont think its your diet. Especially a balanced vegan diet that includes a variety of fruits and veggies. Are u eating a diet like that?
post #16 of 27
I assume you don't wear contacts?

Like everyone else has stated veganism does not cause dry eyes. I really think you should see a doctor if it's really bad. You could have an eye disease: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dry_eyes.
post #17 of 27
Rather than relating dry eyes to veganism, you need to think about foods, or supplements that you have started that you never had before.
It's not from giving up animal products.
It may be something added that is causing an allergic reaction.

Allergies can develop at any time. I know many adults who complain of seasonal allergies who never experienced them before. This could happen with anything.
post #18 of 27
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Originally Posted by luvourmother View Post

Which would be correlation right? U are expressing opposing ideas. If u think its your diet dont say its not correlated to your diet....

I dont think its your diet. Especially a balanced vegan diet that includes a variety of fruits and veggies. Are u eating a diet like that?

I said at the start, there may be, im not sure. Im asking questions, and thank you for posing your judgment. I assure you my diet is highly consistent of fruits and veggies lol.
post #19 of 27
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I went to my doctor today and found out i was slightly low in vitamin a which caused the dry eyes. So if anyone else searches this,maybe that can help them.
post #20 of 27
Well, you've ruled out plenty of common causes. Have you had lasix or other eye surgery? Do you look at computer screens for long periods of time?

Some people have been helped by eating flax seeds to increase their omega 3 intake, which has been shown to help some with dry eye.
post #21 of 27
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I went to my doctor today and found out i was slightly low in vitamin a which caused the dry eyes. So if anyone else searches this,maybe that can help them.

Which vitamin?
post #22 of 27
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Originally Posted by hew lev View Post

I went to my doctor today and found out i was slightly low in vitamin a which caused the dry eyes. So if anyone else searches this,maybe that can help them.

Interesting, since vegan diets are high in vitamin A w foods like spinach, carrots, yams, kale,
apricots, Mango, and peas.
post #23 of 27
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I'm getting tested next week due to that reason.
post #24 of 27
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Originally Posted by fadeaway1289 View Post

Which vitamin?

Vitamin A
post #25 of 27
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Vitamin A

Yeah sorry. I read it too fast the first time and missed the A part. It seems like it's really rare to be deficient in Vitamin A. I hope the doctor can give you more answers but until then I think you should treat yourself to some pumpkin pie!! Pumpkin is really high in Vitamin A and delicious as well.
post #26 of 27
Not eating enough calories and good fats can cause overall dryness. Also supplemental lecithin can help for skin and soft tissues. If you are low in Vitamin A, try juicing carrots or carrot juice everyday to get your fill of beta-carotene (which converts to vitamin A in the body).
post #27 of 27
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Originally Posted by hew lev View Post

I have been a vegan for about 8 months. My eyes prior to this switch had literal no visible blood vessels, completely white. I'd like to find out whats causing this, thank you.

Feel free to ask questions.

Have you tried using eye drops in the meantime until you
find the core problem with your eyes?
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