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SEE The Difference with Omega-3s

Omega-3s EPA and DHA provide the eyes full coverage; they nourish both the surface of your eyes as well as the internal parts of your eyes responsible for vision.  DHA is a major structural component of the retinae in your eyes, and EPA may help occasional dry eye symptoms (among other things).  

Starting with the Outside of the Eye

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Let’s start from the outside with the surface of your eyes. In a study of 32,470 healthy women, researchers found that the participants that had 5-6 servings of fish (tuna) each week had a 66% reduction in occasional dry eyes. How does this work? There are very small oil glands on the edge of each eye lid called Meibomian glands. These glands are responsible for providing the oily layer of tears. Every time you blink, a small amount of oil is distributed onto the surface of your eyes, keeping the watery layer on your eyes, and therefore, keeping your eyes hydrated. Without this layer, your tears would evaporate very quickly, and the surface of your eyes would become dry. Research has shown that omega-3s, and especially the omega-3 EPA, provides the best oil for these ocular glands.  

Ending with the Inside of the Eye

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When it comes to the internal parts of the eye, according to the American Optometric Association, the highest concentration of DHA is found in the retina. The retina is responsible for visual recognition, suggesting it has an important function on helping to send signals from the eyes to the brain. The American Academy of Ophthalmology also states that research shows omega-3s may help with maintaining normal blood vessels in the back of the eye, providing nutrients to maintain healthy retinal conditions. 

Don’t Like Fish? We Have a Solution

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While 5-6 servings of tuna each week sounds excessive, and for some, impossible, omega-3s EPA and DHA can easily be consumed through supplementation. A high-quality omega-3 supplement with ample amounts of EPA and DHA can ensure you are getting enough of the fats you need to support your vision.   

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