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Feb 21, 2014

Omega-3 fatty acids Fight Dry Eyes

A Spanish study suggests omega-3 fatty acid supplementation may help ease the symptoms of dry eye, a syndrome that affects more than three million American women and 1.7 men age 50 and older, (PUFA Newsletter).

Spanish researchers gave 61 patients who had been clinically diagnosed with meibomian gland dysfunction (dry eye) DHA-rich n-3 LC-PUFAs with antioxidants of a placebo oil for three months. They were evaluated after each month. The total daily dose of n-3 LC-PUFAs was 1.3 g, providing 1.05 g of DHA, 128 mg of EPA and 30 mg of DPA.
Subjects who had taken the daily PUFAS showed “significant improvement” in their symptoms, including reduced eyelid inflammation and improved tear stability.