Eye Care Update:


Patient information and Instructions for Omega-3 Supplements 
FOR DRY EYE PATIENTS
Omega-3 capsules are polyunsaturated fatty acids taken as a supplement to your regular diet.  They are derived from a number of sources including flax seed oil, Krill oil, fish oil, English walnuts, and green leafy vegetables.  The body cannot produce omega-3's; they must be consumed.  Omega-3's reduce inflammation in the eyelid glands that produce the oily layer of tears.  This layer lubricates the eye and reduces evaporation of tears.  Omega-3's are often helpful in reducing or eliminating the symptoms of DRY EYE SYNDROME.  Omega-3 guidelines are listed below.

1.  The adult dosage of fish oil, or salmon oil is 2000 mg per day.  For krill oil, it is  
     1000 mg per day.  Both capsules can be taken at one time divided between
     breakfast and the evening meal.
2.  Keep the capsules in a dry place, out of direct sunlight, and at room temperature.
3.  Omega-3's may cause loose stools or, when taken with blood thinners or large    
     doses of aspirin, may increase bleeding or bruising.  Report any changes to our
     office immediately.
4.  It normally takes months for patients taking omega-3's to notice improved  
     ocular comfort and reduced inflammation of the eyelid oil glands
5.  Call our office if you have any problems or questions regarding use of this     
     medication.


DO I REALLY NEED EYE VITAMINS if I am not at risk for eye disease such as Macular Degeneration and Diabetic Retinopathy? Only I, as your eye doctor can answer that question since I can detect these conditions in their earliest stages using high definition digital retinal imaging. Don't forget many of these vision threatening eye diseases are best treated before symptoms occur.

Researchers tracked 40,000 people for 10 years. Those who ate fish high in omega 3's (such as salmon) once a week were at 40% LOWER RISK of vision loss due to Macular Degeneration then those who ate less then 1 serving per month.

Studies have shown that COMPUTER EYE STRAIN can be reduced or eliminated by following the 20/20/20 rule. Every 20 minutes look 20 feet away for 20 seconds.

Another reason for your ANNUAL EYE EXAM- according to Health Smart publications 1 of 4 ways (besides obvious factors such as controlling your blood pressure) to prevent a stroke is to get your eyes checked. The study found that a retinal vein occlusion nearly doubles your chance of stroke. RVO occurs when the small veins in your retinal are blocked, again most time with no eye symptoms.