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What Supplements Are Better For Dry Eyes – Flaxseed or Fish Oil?

Are you getting enough vitamins? Supplements? These products claim to have a variety of benefits. What a lot of people don’t know is that taking supplements help combat dry eye.

Why Is Dry Eye Dangerous?

The tear film is the eye’s first line of defense against irritants and germs, trapping them so they flush away when you blink. Tears also help your eyes move smoothly and comfortably. When tear production decreases, it disrupts the oily layer. This results in dry, itchy, irritated, and vulnerable eyes.

There are a number of things you can do to treat dry eye, including switching from contact lenses to glasses and using eye drops. Two great things to pick up at grocery store the next time you’re out are flaxseed oil and fish oil.

Flaxseed Oil

Flaxseed oil contains high levels of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), an important omega-3. The digestion process converts it into two omega-3 fatty acids (EPA and DHA) that promote strong cell membranes.

First, flaxseed oil supplements come in both liquid and capsule form. The capsules may be the most convenient. Unfortunately, it can take a large number of them to achieve the desired dose.

Fish Oil

Secondly, if fish oil capsules leave a bad taste in your mouth, have some grilled fish for dinner instead! The best fish for EPA and DHA are salmon, tuna, halibut, and sablefish.

Ask Questions

Finally, as with all supplements, it’s important to seek medical advice before taking them. What works for other people won’t always work for you, so call your optometrist so they can determine whether flaxseed oil or fish oil is better for you!

Your optometrist is there to help you choose the best option for your eye health. If you don’t have an optometrist, sign up for one of our Argus plans to get started TODAY!