Research has shown that fish oil has a multitude of health benefits, including for the eyes. Read on for more information about fish oil, and how taking one little supplement can help you to keep your eyes healthy.
The Benefits of Fish Oil
Fish oil supplements provide omega-3 fatty acids, which are known as “essential fatty acids.” Our bodies need these acids to function properly, yet our bodies can’t make them – we have to get them from foods and supplements. Omega-3 fatty acids can help to prevent heart disease, cancer, dementia, and rheumatoid arthritis. And they also do a lot for eye health. They can lower the risk of:
- Glaucoma. Essential fatty acids such as omega-3 can help to drain the fluid inside the eye. This lowers the risk of glaucoma, which can occur when pressure in the eye is too high.
- Macular degeneration. This condition causes you to gradually lose your vision. Research has shown that omega-3 fatty acids may reduce your risk of developing macular degeneration.
- Dry eye. Omega-3 fatty acids can reduce the risk of getting dry eye syndrome, and they can also help to treat dry eyes.
- Vision problems in babies. Omega-3 fatty acids are found in breast milk, but they are also added to some kinds of formula. Infants who get enough omega-3s have better vision than infants who don’t.
Foods that are high in omega-3 fatty acids include walnuts, tofu, soybeans, flaxseed oil, and, of course, fish such as salmon, mackerel, sardines, and white tuna. However, it can be difficult to get essential fatty acids from foods (especially if you aren’t a fan of fish), and that’s where fish oil supplements come in. Before starting any supplement, though, you should speak with your doctor to make sure they won’t interfere with any other medication you are taking.
Fish oil supplements can do wonders for your eye health, and so can seeing your eye doctor for regular exams or when you are having a problem with your eyes or your vision. Contact North Suburban Eye Associates, with offices in Waltham, Winchester, and Wakefield, Massachusetts. Call (781) 245-5200 for an appointment today!