Can Fish Oil Help Keep Your Eyes Healthy?

Some aspects of aging are unavoidable, like gray hair and wrinkles. For many people, aging includes poor vision, causing them to squint when reading menus and smartphone screens. Some of these eye issues can be prevented with supplements and others can be treated by an Orlando ophthalmology specialist. To ward off vision problems early on, some look to fish oil.

One of the best methods of protecting against the health risks of aging is through diet and dietary supplements. For eye health, fish oil is one of the best supplements you can take. EPA and DHA are the specific fatty acids found in omega-3 fatty acid, or fish oil. Fish oil can be obtained naturally through diet if you happen to eat oily fish such as salmon, mackerel, anchovies or sardines two to three times a week. Americans don’t consume large amounts of fish, so taking fish oil supplements is the next best way to obtain crucial omega-3 fatty acids that support bodily functions and eye health.

Many studies have examined the benefits of fish oil supplements on eye health. Although they have found that fish oil may not do much for conditions like macular degeneration, fish oil has been found to be beneficial for other age-related eye conditions including dry eye.

Dry eye affects most people over the age of 65 and occurs when the tear ducts no longer produce tears, or tears that are produced quickly evaporate. Moisture helps protect eyes against irritations and discomfort. Research has found that fish oil helps tear production and moisture of the eyes.

Fish oil benefits also go beyond eye health to benefit overall health in other ways, including supporting heart health and brain function.

In 1996, Orlando ophthalmology specialist Dr. Magruder, opened his practice and introduced locals to Central Florida’s first refractive surgery center. Since then, he has continued to innovate by introducing game-changing technology and pursuing ongoing education to master the latest techniques. To learn more about the Orlando ophthalmology experts at Magruder Laser Vision can do for you, call us at (407) 843-5665 or read our blog for more information!