Omega-3s help computer-related dry eyes

Natural Health News – If your eyes dry when using a computer then supplementation with omega -3 could help.

dry eye syndrome (DES) is a disorder of the tear film either due to decreased tear production or excessive tear evaporation.

About 20-40% of the adult population suffers from this condition that can be caused by a variety of things, including wear contact lenses, age, certain drugs and the environment. The number, however seems to be increasing each year as the use of electronic devices increases. What you need to know

The use of a computer for long periods can cause computer vision syndrome (CVS), the main symptoms of which it is dry eyes.

A new study has shown that supplementation with omega-3 can help relieve the symptoms of dry eyes and promote better overall health the eyes.

The problem has become so severe that his led to a new disorder :. Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS)

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CVS is a series of eye problems related to vision as a result of prolonged use of digital screens (computer, tablet or mobile phone). Although these symptoms (one dry eye being the most common) often decrease by reducing the time spent on these devices, this is not always the case and, if untreated, can worsen over time.

In a new study published in the journal Contact Lens and Anterior Eye researchers conducted a randomized, double-blind, multicenter designed to evaluate the efficacy of dietary intake omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids in the dry eye symptoms, including CVS.

In this trial, 478 symptomatic patients were randomly assigned to two groups: one group received two capsules of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (180 mg of eicosapentaenoic acid [EPA] more than 120 mg of docosahexaenoic acid [DHA]) a day for three months and the other group received two capsules of olive oil.

The results demonstrated the beneficial effect of omega-3 fatty acids in reducing the symptoms of dry eye, reducing tear evaporation and other measures of ocular health.

Supporting evidence

Other studies have also found benefits of supplementation of omega-3.

In a 2011 pilot study, dietary supplementation with omega-3 fatty acids in dry eye helped increase tear production and tear volume .

In another of 2013, two capsules of omega-3 (each containing 180 mg of EPA and 120 mg of DHA) per day for 30 days (compared to a placebo group received two oil capsules medium chain triglycerides daily for 1 month) it was associated with a decrease in the rate of evaporation of tears, the improvement in symptoms of dry eye and increased lacrimation.

We have also reported on a study that showed the benefit of a natural supplement containing omega-3 fatty acids and fenugreek herb .

It is believed that fatty acid supplements omega-3 can help lubricate the inside out, but also to their anti-inflammatory properties may also be beneficial in cases of dry eye.

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