Can Omega 3 Fatty Acids help with Dry Eyes?

Can Omega 3 Fatty Acids help with Dry Eyes?

Dry Eye Omega

Dry eyes are perhaps the condition we see patients struggle with the most.  In the early stages of the disease patients typically are unaware they even have dry eyes.  Some complaints such as watery eyes further confuse what the underlying condition is, which is dry eyes.

Recent research has been showing the benefits associated with omega 3 fatty acids and their ability to reduce ocular surface inflammatory markers such as MMP-9 as well as for increasing the amount of oils secreted from Meibomian glands located on the surface of the lids.   Studies show it is taking approximately 90 days before we see the benefits of taking a high-quality omega 3 supplement.

The important thing to note is not all omega 3 fatty acid supplements are created equal.  The key for the supplement is how the dangerous toxins such as mercury are removed from the product.  The less expensive method for removing of these toxins is through the use of alcohol.  When removing via the alcohol method the end product is in the ethyl ester form.  This form is not found in nature and therefore not easily absorbed by the body.  The more expensive method is a form of re-esterization.  This method allows the omega 3 to remain in its natural state and is, therefore, better absorbed by the body.

What does all of this mean?  It means not all omega 3 fatty acids are created equal as it relates to dry eye therapy.  We have searched for a scientifically based product we feel comfortable in recommending to our patients.  We have settled on Physician Recommended Nutraceuticals.    Their product underwent a double masked, placebo-controlled randomized study.  The findings of this study showed omega 3’s administered in the proper dose and in a cleaned triglyceride form were effective in increasing oil production, tear break up time scores, and decreasing inflammation.

There is a lot of exciting research in the dry eye area.  Currently, we are recommending all of our dry eye patients begin omega 3 supplementations with Physician Recommended Nutraceuticals. It’s available to purchase online at this link

We have other products that can help with your dry eyes. Please contact our Southlake office to schedule an appointment with one of our doctors at (817) 416-2010 or stop by for a cup of our gourmet coffee. You’re always welcome!

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