Your Dry Eye Therapy should include fish oil supplements – here’s how to choose the right one
Fish Oil supplements are also known as “Omega Fatty Acids (OFA’s)”. They have been shown to have many health benefits such as lowering high blood pressure, improving brain function, nerve and blood vessel health and reducing heart disease. They do all this by lowering inflammation in our bodies – the starting point for most diseases. Since dry eye is also a disease caused by inflammation, Omega Fatty Acids are an important part of your dry eye treatment program. OFA’s ability to reduce inflammation helps repair AND protect damaged cells on the surface of your eyes, improving the symptoms of dry eye and even reversing the harmful effects.
There are dozens of OFA’s on the market. How do you know you are taking the right one?
There are two things you should look for:
How much to take? The verdict is not clear on this yet for dry eye treatment. We have had good results by starting our dry eye patients on a dose of 2,100 mg of EPA/DHA, but we will often increase this if needed. The safety of Omega 3 supplements is very good, but if someone is at risk for bleeding (due to taking blood thinners for example) we will be cautious with higher doses (above 3,000 mg).
We prescribe Ascenta™ brand Omega 3 supplements as part of our complete Dry Eye Therapy program. It’s available in a liquid format as well as a capsule.
Now you know the facts about fish oil supplements. Talk to us at your next visit to find out if your dry eyes can benefit from OFA’s.
Source: Review of Optometry, May 2017 “From Alpha to Omega: How Fatty Acids Fight Dry Eye”
* The exception is GLA (Gamma-linoleic acid) a beneficial health-promoting Omega 6 that is recommended in addition to Omega 3 supplementation