Fish Oils, Good for Dry Eyes

by Eric Drake, OD

We know dry eye is not easy to deal with and that there are many treatment options out there. It can be frustrating and confusing. One of the treatments that work well for dry eye, and whole body health in general, is Omega 3 supplementation.

The most common form of dry eye is due to dysfunctional Meibomian glands in our eyelids, which secrete the oil portion of our tear film. Omega 3’s, which are anti-inflammatory in nature, help produce more of this crucial oil and in a higher quality that is more free flowing in nature.

There are the two main types of omega-3 fatty acids: The first type is long-chain omega-3 fatty acids, EPA and DHA. These are plentiful in fish and shellfish. Algae often provides only DHA. The second type is short-chain omega-3 fatty acids, ALA. These are found in plants, such as flaxseed. Though beneficial, ALA omega-3 fatty acids have less potent health benefits than EPA and DHA. You’d have to eat a lot to gain the same benefits as you do from fish.

Statistics from the Mayo Clinic’s website show that the average American consumes about 0.1-0.2 grams of EPA and DHA daily. The World Health Organization recommends a daily intake of 0.3-0.5 grams of EPA and DHA. Our preferred brand is PRN De3 Omega Benefits, which provides 1.68 grams of EPA and 0.56 grams of DHA daily.

Starting any Omega 3 supplement does not give immediate results. The benefit comes after you consistently take it for 2 to 3 months. PRN offers a money back guarantee for patients who use PRN De3 for 90 days and do not have any reduction in their dry eye symptoms.

So, if you are taking an Omega 3 supplement but question its effectiveness or you are not taking any at all, this product may be for you. Stop by our office today and start taking PRN De3 Omega Benefits. SouthWest Vision is located at 965 E 700 S, St George, Utah. Call us at 435-673-5577 or visit our website at