In early 2012 Omega 3 began to be pushed as an essential supplement for ocular health. Low levels of Omega 3 intake were linked to complaints of 'dry eye', A 'dry eye' reduces contact lens comfort, and as the contact lens industry is always on the lookout for new ways of reducing 'dry eyes' and hence increasing their sales of contact lenses, fitters of contact lenses were advised to recommend patients to take Omega 3 supplements. Obviously supplements are not such a quick fix as revitalising eye- drops but it all helps.
Research has shown that Omega 3 is not just needed for ocular comfort but low levels can also cause cardiovascular disease, macular disease, dementia, aching joints, low moods and a whole lot of other problems. (However see also Potential Omega 3 side effects). There are three types of Omega-3: ALA (alpha-linolenic acid), EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid). ALA can be converted in the body to EPA and DHA which are more readily used by the body.
Omega 3's should not be confused with Omega-6 or Omega 9. All are essential fatty acids which the body needs, but the typical Western diet contains far too much Omega-6 and not enough Omega-3.Click here to read what Dr. Liz Miller has to say about Omega 3's, Her free guide really is worth reading especially pages 10,11 and 12.