We have seen an increasing number of patients complain of
scratchy eyes, dry eyes, gritty eyes, and sensitivity to light.
Often they blame computer eye strain or allergies for these
bothersome symptoms, but “Dry Eye Syndrome” affects
millions of Americans and is most likely due to an imbalance in
or deficiency of essential fatty acids.
We need both omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, but the typical
American diet is overloaded with omega-6 because of its
preponderance in refined foods made with vegetable oils like
corn, cottonseed, soybean or sunflower. Ideally, the correct
ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids in the diet should be 5
(or less) to 1.
A recent study at Brigham and Women’s Hospital found that
women eating a diet high in omega-3 fats or who supplemented with
omega-3 fats were 17% less likely to have Dry Eye Syndrome. The
participants with the highest ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 in
their diets showed the highest risk.
We recommend Ultra Pure Fish Oil 2 capsules twice daily for those
experiencing Dry Eye Syndrome. They should see rapid improvement
in their irritating symptoms. The omega-3 benefit of lowering
risk for diabetes, arthritis and aiding in risk reduction for
cardiovascular disease makes fish oil a highly recommended
supplement for all of our patients.