“Both fish & flaxseed oil contains fatty acids having numerous health benefits as well as prevention against dry eye syndrome.”

There’re many other benefits of these health-essential oils which includes reduction of chronic inflammation and various cardiac diseases that further leads to serious anomalies like cancer and stroke. Likewise, chronic inflammation has been identified as an underlying cause of Alzheimer’s disease and osteoarthritis.

Flaxseed and fish oil, when used separately, in combination or as directed by the physician besides the usual eye drops significantly reduces dry eye symptoms namely stinging, burning, visual anomalies and redness. This is the reason most of the eye doctors are likely to recommend these oils.

With ophthalmology in Dubai, research also concluded that both the oils contain fatty acids which reduce the likelihood of cataracts and macular degeneration.

Flaxseed oil

Nutritional values of fish and flaxseed oil are derived from the omega-3 fatty acids, significantly essential for optimum health. As for flaxseed, it contains a high amount of Alpha-Linolenic Acid (ALA) that when digested further breaks into two distinct omega-3 fatty acids namely DHA and EPA. These two are spread across the body for the protection of cell membranes.

Supplements of flaxseed oil are available in liquid and capsule form however, treatment of dry eyes require a higher dose where liquid form is far more recommended. That being said, the nutritional value of the oil is decimated by direct exposure to sunlight, heat and oxygen which is why cold-pressed variety must be purchased and keep it refrigerated.

Other than direct intake of liquid or capsule that may be troublesome for a few, the same nutritional value of flaxseeds can be obtained by grinding and mixing them either in coffee, smoothie or fruit juice. When choosing this option, do remember to use/consume the seed immediately after grinding them for complete nutritional factor.

Fish oil vs. Flaxseed oil

Tuna, Salmon and Sardines are excellent sources of omega-3 essential fats for optimum eye and brain health. This is because fish fat contains a long-chain of EPA and DHA which the body need to function properly, including eyesight.

On the contrary, many people out there take diet that’s rich in Omega-6 fats found commonly in vegetable oils which is used to prepare snacks, foods and even in frozen edible items. Medical researchers however recommend reduction of these omega-6 fats which disrupts absorption and digestion of omega-3. As a result, body inflammation is likely to occur when eaten in excess.

Both fish and flaxseed oils also come complemented with lemon and orange flavour so as to make them more ‘edible’. Cod liver oil is another excellent source of DHA and EPA, contributing to optimum eyesight and overall health.

Though physician’s consultation is highly preferred, consumption of cold-water fish at least thrice a week delivers just the right amount of EPA and DHA omega-3 our body requires.

Certain precautions

Much like any other nutritional supplement or medicine, always consult with the physician including eye doctor for the treatment of dry eyes or any other vision related anomaly.

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