Condition category
Eye Diseases
Date applied
Date assigned
Last edited
Retrospectively registered
Overall trial status
Recruitment status
No longer recruiting
Publication status
Results overdue

Plain English Summary

Not provided at time of registration

Trial website

Contact information



Primary contact

Prof Catherine Creuzot-Garcher


Contact details

Hôpital Général
Service d'Ophtalmologie
3 Rue du Faubourg Raines
BP 1519

Additional identifiers

EudraCT number number

Protocol/serial number

Study #425

Study information

Scientific title

A three-month, multicentre, double-masked, randomised, controlled, clinical study to investigate the efficacy of Medilar™ in patients suffering from dry eye syndrome


Study hypothesis

Oral supplementation of omega-3 and omega-6 can reduce inflammatory markers in conjunctival cells of patients suffering from dry eye syndrome.

Ethics approval

1. Ethics Committee of the San Martino University Hospital (Azienda Ospedaliera Universitaria San Martino) gave approval on the 17th February 2006 (ref: 0016378/06)
2. Ethics Committee of the University Polyclinic (Azienda Policlinico Universitario) gave approval on the 12th January 2006 (ref: E 625/05)

1. Ethics Committee CCPPRB de Bourgogne gave approval on the 29th September 2005 (ref: 2005/20)

Study design

Randomised, double-masked, two-armed, parallel group, placebo-controlled, multicentre study

Primary study design


Secondary study design

Randomised controlled trial

Trial setting


Trial type


Patient information sheet


Dry eye syndrome


Test product - Medilar™:
Oral supplementation with 855 mg of omega-3 and 15 mg of omega-6, vitamins (C,E, B6, B12) and zinc per day (3 capsules per day) for 3 months.

Placebo (medium chain triglycerides), 3 capsules per day for 3 months.

Intervention type



Not Applicable

Drug names

Omega-3, omega-6 (Medilar™)

Primary outcome measure

Percentage of conjunctival epithelial cells expressing human leukocyte antigen DR-1 (HLA-DR) inflammatory markers in the worst eye, measured at baseline and month 3.

Secondary outcome measures

Efficacy (in worst eye):
1. Global subjective dry eye score (foreign body sensation, dryness, burning, stinging, photophobia)
2. Subjective dry eye score for each symptom
3. Objective dry eye score for each test (fluorescein staining of the cornea, Van Bijsterveld test, tear Break-Up Time [BUT] test, Schirmer-I)
4. Fluorescence intensity of conjunctival cells expressing HLA-DR inflammatory marker
5. Quality of life questionnaire for ocular surface disease

6. Adverse or unexpected events

All secondary outcomes were assessed at baseline (D0), week 6 and month 3.

Overall trial start date


Overall trial end date


Reason abandoned (if study stopped)


Participant inclusion criteria

1. Legally adult outpatients, both males and females
2. Having given their written informed consent
3. Suffering from dry eye syndrome as defined by the presence of:
3.1. At least two of the following four objective tests corresponding to the scores below:
3.1.1. Schirmer-I-values less than 10 mm/5 min
3.1.2. Break-up-time-values less than 10 sec
3.1.3. Fluorescein staining of the cornea score greater than or equal to 1 and less than 4
3.1.5. Van Bijsterveld score greater than or equal to 3 and less than or equal to 6 (Lissamine green)
3.2. A score of at least 1, for at least two of the five following subjective tests (scored 0 to 3):
3.2.1. Foreign body sensation
3.2.2. Dryness
3.2.3. Burning
3.2.4. Stinging
3.2.5. Photophobia
4. Stable systemic treatment (unchanged for one month or longer)

Participant type


Age group




Target number of participants


Participant exclusion criteria

1. Aged less than 18 years
2. Severe dry eye (Lissamine green greater than 6 or corneal staining greater than or equal to 4)
3. Uncontrolled evolutive systemic disease
4. Patients with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD)
5. Uncontrolled inflammatory disease (treated with varying doses of steroids or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory substances)
6. Change in systemic treatment within the last month
7. Expected change in treatment of concomitant disease
8. Patients treated with anticoagulants or predisposed to bleeding or haemorrhage
9. Drastic change of food and/or food supplements within the last month
10. Other food supplement with eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA)
11. Patients with a history of recurrent ocular herpes and/or recurrent uveitis
12. Evidence of acute ocular infection and/or intra-ocular inflammation within one month prior to the onset of this study
13. Patients who have undergone ocular surgery within the last 6 months
14. Change in ocular treatment within the last month
15. Patients currently using any ophthalmic medication including any ocular ointment except artificial tear preparation and eye cleaning solution for treatment of dry eye syndrome
16. Patients treated with topical ocular, steroidal or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory treatment within the last month
17. Patients treated with ocular topical cyclosporin within the last month
18. Occlusion therapy with lacrimal or punctum plugs within the last 3 months
19. Patients currently wearing contact lenses
20. Pregnant or lactating women
21. Women of childbearing potential considering becoming pregnant during the course of the study and those not taking precautions to avoid pregnancy
22. Patients for whom, in the physician's opinion, any of the protocol procedures may pose a special risk not outweighed by the potential benefits of participating in the study
23. Patients who are unlikely to comply with the study protocol or who are likely to be moving and lost to follow-up in the study period
24. Known contraindication, adverse reaction, or hypersensitivity to any constituents of this food supplement
25. Patients who have participated in any clinical investigation within the last 30 days or are currently participating in a clinical study
26. Patients who are addicted to alcohol or drugs
27. Patients with neurotic, psychiatric disorders or suicidal tendencies
28. Patients who plan to start a diet or to change their diet during the course of the study

Recruitment start date


Recruitment end date



Countries of recruitment

France, Italy

Trial participating centre

Hôpital Général

Sponsor information


Laboratoire Chauvin, Bausch & Lomb Inc. (France)

Sponsor details

rue Samuel Morse
CS 99535
Montpellier cedex 2

Sponsor type




Funder type

Hospital/treatment centre

Funder name

Laboratoire Chauvin, Bausch & Lomb Inc. (France)

Alternative name(s)

Funding Body Type

Funding Body Subtype


Results and Publications

Publication and dissemination plan

Not provided at time of registration

Intention to publish date

Participant level data

Not provided at time of registration

Basic results (scientific)

Publication list

Publication citations

Additional files

Editorial Notes