The latest Omega 3 supplements for dry eyes are discussed here by our optician and dry eye expert.
Omega 3 and 6 are essential fatty acids we have to consume in our diet rather than make in the body. DHA Omega 3 fatty acid has various beneficial effects including maintaining normal brain, nerve and eye function. In our diet, these oils can be found in oily fish and flaxseeds (linseeds) avaialbel from health stores that you can add to muesli, cereals or salads.
At the Harvard Schepens Eye Research Institute, USA, researchers investigated whether fish oil protects from dry eye syndrome. The team analysed data from 32,470 female health professionals in the huge Women's Health Study. They found that women whose diets had the most omega-3 fatty acids (as measured by how much fish they ate) were LEAST LIKELY to have dry eyes.
It is well worth considering taking an omega oil supplement alongside your dry eye drops, ointments and blepharitis treatments.
Heat treatments such as eye masks and goggles can improve blepharitis by gently warming the oily liquid in the glands. Combined with lid massage afterwards, this helps to release the oils and improve the quality of the tears. Many were developed by ophthalmologists and can be re-used hundreds of times, find out what to look for.
Here is some help for annoying eye floaters. We are asked about these a lot in the office by customers. Also, as an optician, James sees many patients with 'floaters' in their eyes. These are annoying particles or threads that appear to float across our line of vision throughout the day.
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