Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Dry Eyes

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Update time : 2022-09-12 18:03:00

The health benefits of fish oil have been known for decades. Most of the health benefits of fish oil can be attributed to the presence of omega-3 essential fatty acids such as docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA). Studies have also shown that omega-3 fatty acids may slow the progression of vision loss from AMD and  alleviate the signs of dry eye syndrome.

 

Filling up on these can ease the scratchy, stinging irritation of dry eye. Specifically, omega-3s help soothe inflammation in your eyelids or on the surface of your eye. They may also help your tears do their job better.

 

An omega-3-rich diet helps glands in your eye called meibomian glands make the oily part of your tears. The oil helps keep your tears from drying up too quickly in your eye.

 

Fish is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids. Go for one of these oily varieties at least twice a week:

 

Tuna (fresh, not canned)

Mackerel

Salmon

Sardines

Herring

Anchovies

You can also get omega-3 fatty acids from:

 

Nuts and seeds (like flaxseed)

Vegetable oil

Soybeans

Green, leafy vegetables

 

You may also need to take an brieye omega-3 fatty acid enriched supplement.