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Dry Eye and Nutrition

Nutrition ThumbnailEating a balanced diet is an essential part of leading a healthy lifestyle. Dietary fats are necessary to maintain normal human function and cannot be made by the body without the proper diet. Essential fatty acids (EFAs) have been shown to play a role in inflammatory processes. Since many consider dry eye disease (DED) to be rooted in inflammation, the use of EFAs may prove a beneficial treatment to patients. Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and alpha-Linolenic acid (ALA) are EFAs.Since our bodies cannot manufacture EFAs, we must get them from food sources. Unfortunately, many Americans are not choosing the right foods to provide these essential nutrients. The American Heart Association recommends two servings of fatty fish per week. Even though some people consume adequate amounts of cold-water fish, they may receive insufficient omega-3s because the fish they eat is farm-raised and low in these nutrients. Food sources include:

  • Halibut
  • Salmon
  • Sardines
  • Trout
  • Tuna

If fish is not on your menu, consider alternative EFA foods or supplements, including oils and foods like flaxseed, canola oil, soybeans, and walnuts. Foods like pasta, cereal, and margarine may also be fortified with EFAs. Your doctor may recommend a supplement of 1,000-2,000mg of EPA plus DHA with supervision for patients with elevated triglycerides. Pupila Family Eye & Ear Care proudly carries PRN Neutraceuticals because these supplements are purified of environmental toxins without the use of chemicals and excessive heat. PRN omega-3 products contain a concentrated amount of both EPA and DHA. At PRN, the omega-3 products are in a cleaned triglyceride form. Many other brands of Omega-3 products are low quality, unpurified, or are sold in a synthetic, ethyl ester form. This form, which is more difficult to absorb, can leave a fishy odor or after-taste. It could take up to 40 soft gels of those to equal the same benefits found in just three soft gels of PRN’s products. The impressive body of support in the use of omega-3s is inspiring, but unfortunately, not all omega-3 products are the same. At Pupila Family Eye & Ear Care, we are committed to providing you with the purest and safest nutriceuticals helping you to lead a happier and healthier life. *

Pupila Family Eye & Ear Care also carries Oasys Tears, a proprietary formulation of glycerin and a highly elastic viscoadaptive agent which keeps the tears on the eye surface longer. With each blink, they re-coat the surface of the eye for long-lasting comfort. It is preservative-free.


*These statements have not be evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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