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Omega-3s May Help Relieve Dry Eye Syndrome Symptoms

Dry eye syndrome causes eyes to itch, sting, and become sensitive to light, and if left untreated can impair vision and even cause blindness. A recent study suggests that taking supplements of omega-3 fatty acids may help improve the symptoms of dry eye syndrome.

Participants in the study included 60 people with untreated moderate dry eye disease. They were given either 1.2gm of omega-3 or a vitamin E placebo daily for 12 weeks.

At the conclusion of the study, the omega-3 group had improvements in dry eye syndrome symptoms of up to 105%. They also had significant improvements in contrast sensitivity, which is the ability to distinguish between slight differences of light and dark. Contrast sensitivity is especially important for night driving.

Researchers from the Advanced Eye Centre in Chandigarh, India conducted the study. It was presented at the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery Symposium in San Diego.

Omega-3s have been linked to a number of health benefits, including improved mood, improved joint mobility, reducing the risk of age related macular degeneration, and aiding your immune system.

Because omega-3 fatty-acids are not found naturally in the human body, it is especially important to make sure that they are a part of your daily diet. Oily, dark fish such as tuna and salmon are high in omega-3s. For people who don’t like fish, consider taking a daily high quality non-fish supplement that has been tested for purity and potency.

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