omega-3

These are fatty acids obtained from deep sea fish.  There is some thought that Omega-3 supplements may help with macular degeneration, but they haven’t been as beneficial as once hoped (see the AREDS 2 Study). Also, these fatty acids improve oil flow in the skin and may help with dry eye and the meibomian gland dysfunction found in blepharitis.  The two types of Omega-3 acids most studied are the DHA and EPA variety.  The best source is cold water fish such as salmon, tuna, herring, and (yuck) sardines.  If you aren’t a fish lover, omega-3s are available as supplements, both in oil and pill form.  Vegetarians can get omega-3s from flaxseed, walnuts, and dark leafy vegetables.

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Dr. Timothy Root is a practicing ophthalmologist and cataract surgeon in Daytona Beach, Florida. His books, video lectures, and training resources can be found at:

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