Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Dry Eye

Skyvision Centers was the first eyecare center in Cleveland to have a primary concentration in the treatment of Dry Eye. It's quite possible that we were the first such center in all of the United States! We are always on the lookout of the latest, newest developments in treating Dry Eye as well as other Ocular Surface Diseases, but sometimes the "newest" treatment is actually a kind of back to the future experience. So it is with Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Dry eye.

We have come to the conclusion that EVERY patient who suffers from Dry Eye should be on a significant dose of Omega-3 Fatty Acid supplement unless they have a sensitivity to these or if their family doctor says they can't. Not only that but we have made some very important discoveries about the various supplements that are available over the counter.

There are two types of Omega-3 Fatty acids that are helpful when they are taken as supplements: DHA and EPA. They are found in highest doses in fish oil and to some degree in flax seed oil. It's important to read the label on your supplements; Dr. White just discovered that the 1000mg fish oil pills he's been taking only have 250 mg of DHA/EPA in them, so he's been getting 1/4 the amount he thought!

We've come to believe that it's so important for people with Dry Eye to take Omega-3 Fatty Acid supplements that we will be putting EVERY Skyvision Center patient with this diagnosis on some form of this. In order to make it easier to our patients (and our doctors!) we will have two very high quality supplements from the Doctors' Advantage company available for you to order: "EyeRelief" with both fish oil and flax seed oil (as well as other dry eye treatments) and "Omega Shield", an extremely high quality, potent fish oil.

Stay tuned for lots more information about Omega-3 supplements for Dry Eye, as well as a new program of vitamins for Macular Degeneration from Skyvision Centers!

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