Fish Oil May Help To Save Your Eyesight
A daily dose of fish oil could help to save your eyesight thanks to its Omega 3's, a new study has revealed. The findings by The Advanced Eye Centre in Chandigarh, India discovered that omega-3 fish oil supplements can help to improve conditions such as dry eye by up to 105%.
Symptoms of dry eye include an itchy and stinging sensation that is accompanied by pain and sensitivity to light which if left untreated can result in long term damage, impaired vision and even blindness.
The eye condition is a growing health problem and dry eye in particular is estimated to affect up to 33% of the population, meaning it's the world's most common eye complaint.
Many health experts have told about the benefits of consuming Omega-3 fatty acids, especially when it comes to preventing cardiovascular diseases such as heart attacks and strokes. Now, the polyunsaturated fat found in Omega 3 sources like salmon, sardines, mackerel and nuts and seeds is also thought to have an important impact on combating 'dry eye' syndrome.
The Indian Research looked at 60 Indian patients who had untreated and moderate eye disease. They were given a fish oil capsule containing 1.2gm of Omega 3 or a Vitamin E placebo over a 12 week period. The patients were then given eye drops and warm compresses. The results showed that "Statistics were significantly improved in patients receiving Omega 3 fatty acid capsules than those just taking Vitamin E."
By the 12 week mark, the tear break-up time had increased by 105% in the Omega 3 group, in comparison to the 51% improvement seen in the placebo group. The quality of the tear film also increased by 50% in those taking fish supplements compared to just 12% in those taking the placebo.
Dr David Allamby, a world renowned eye care specialist and laser eye surgeon from the London FOCUS Clinic as reported in the UK newspaper The Mirror, revealed that, "It's the lacrimal glands or the almond shaped glands in the eye located next to the bone on the upper outside parts of the eyes that provides watery tears to form a film across the eyes. Meanwhile the meibomian glands (sebaceous glands at the rim of the eyelid) need omega-3 fatty acids as these produce oils that float across the surface of the eye while blinking. These glands also act as cling film in the sense of keeping the tears away while reducing any evaporation."
Long periods of time or prolonged reading without blinking the eyes. It's very important therefore to ensure that the eyes are well rested. Being in a smoky, windy or dusty environment can also irritate the eyes and make the condition worse.
A good source of Krill Oil can be found in The Krill Miracle™. This formula contains concentrated Omega 3, 6 and 9 oils that are many more times powerful than fish oil. Krill Oil is rich in EPA and DHA and is a safe and pure source of fish oil that's free of heavy metals, PCB's, dioxins and contaminates. Krill Oil can also support anti-inflammatory processes, along with maintaining normal cholesterol lipids.
The findings were unveiled at The American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery Symposium in San Diego, USA.