Omega-3 Fatty Acids & Eye Health

Foods high in Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Leafy green vegetables, nuts, fish and vegetable oils such as canola, soy and especially flaxseed oil, are rich in omega-3 fatty acids.  Omega-3 fatty acids are believed to be affective at protecting eyes with deficiencies potentially impairing vision.  The body does not produce its own omega-3 fatty acids and therefore they are obtained from food such as fish, especially shellfish, walnuts and wheat germ. 

Glaucoma & Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Glaucoma is an increase of eye pressure.  Omega-3 may play a part in helping eye fluids drain out of the eye, which is essential for intraocular pressure regulation.  Thus, low levels have been linked to increased risk of damage to the retina, which can be caused by glaucoma.

Dry Eye & Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Omega-3 may help prevent dry eye syndrome. 

If you are considering taking omega-3 fish oil supplements, it is important to consider your levels of omega-6 fatty acids as well, as imbalances may have an adverse effect on health.

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