Can Omega-3 Fatty Acids Benefit Your Eyes?

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Today we’re kicking off an exciting new series here at GLX3. We’ve talked a lot about the benefits of Green Lipped Mussel Oil for joint pain and inflammation, particularly for those with osteoarthritis.

However, the benefits of this groundbreaking supplement stretch (get it?) far beyond what you’ll find discussed by most sites on the internet. Did you know that the Omega-3s in GLX3 can benefit your eyes?

Crying is a good thing

People often say they see much more clearly after a good cry. Ironically, this can go much further than mental clarity. Keeping the eyes appropriately moist and lubricated helps them to focus and function properly.

We’re not just being sappy here. As we age, many people begin to experience dry eye symptoms on a regular basis. Most often, these are symptoms resulting from an insufficient amount of moisture soothing the eyes. Symptoms include:

  • Blurred vision
  • Prolonged itching or discomfort in the eyes
  • Redeye
  • Headaches
  • Trouble focusing or other noticeable alterations of vision

These factors are caused when tears are not sufficiently lubricating the eyes. A common result is a blurriness factor of up to 25%, according to studies. Even when not physically crying, moisture can lubricate the eyes during blinking and sleeping. This keeps the eyes from becoming dry and irritated.

Omega-3 Benefits for Eye Health

omega-3’s benefit the eyes in a surprising number of ways. The Omega-3s work to boost the functionality of tear ducts and increase lubrication of the eyes. Studies have shown that Omega-3s increase the amount of time between a person’s last blink and a noticeable dry spot on the cornea.

The culprit here is tear film. Those with dry eyes or computer screen syndrome often suffer from tear film that breaks up faster than that of someone without the symptoms. The Omega-3s in Green Lipped Mussel Oil work to strengthen the tear film, keeping eyes lubricated longer. This reduces the frequency and severity of the symptoms we described above.

Building Awareness of Eye Health

As many people spend more time on their computers and smartphones, the eyes are the part of the body taking the brunt of the heat. The bright lights of computer screens can be a nuisance on the eyes during extended periods of use.

Only three hours per day of computer or phone time can create what is now known as computer vision syndrome. If you begin to notice blurry vision, dizziness, or trouble focusing after a work day on the computer, this may be happening to you.

While GLX3 can help offset the symptoms of computer vision syndrome, it is important to also remember general best practices for eye health. In addition to utilizing the omega-3s, we encourage the following practices to ease the burden on your eyes.

  • Look away from the screen every ten to fifteen minutes. Prolonged staring at the screen increases strain on the eyes. Try to focus on a solid object at least twenty feet away. Give your eyes a chance to reset by looking at something much further away than a computer screen.
  • Read a book, newspaper, or other printed material. Part of a computer’s strain on the eyes results from the fact that there are no solid “borders” to the letters and words read. When reading something printed, the letters have a hard border from the page that is easily recognized by the eyes and brain. On a computer screen, the eyes must focus harder to identify letters and words because there is no 3-D element to them, no hard surface or hard corners to distinguish.
  • Wear sunglasses outside. We know this is mere repetition, but it’s surprising how many people squint their way through each and every day. Wearing sunglasses protects the eyes, helps prevent wrinkles and works with other tips for eye health to ensure your vision is optimized.

Wholesome Living for Long-Term Eye Health

According to WebMD, Omega-3 fatty acids, such as those found in Green Lipped Mussel Oil, can help lead to long-term eye health. This lowers the risk of macular degeneration, cataracts, and other eye-related issues that many people experience as they get older.

People with healthier eyes experience better vision later in life. While GLX3 is an important part of this, it is also important to maintain a healthy diet. Eating more fruits and vegetables, and less processed foods can also assist in eye health (and better health in general).

Proteins are an important factor as well. Nuts and beans are part of a healthy diet and bode well with supplements for long-term eye health.

Bringing it all together

Omega-3 fatty acids can play a big role in promoting long-term eye health. We all want to be able to see better as we age, and these days there are more steps available to help than ever before.

We hope you’ll take these tips for eye health to heart and apply them whenever you can. In can take up to three months for a noticeable difference to take place, In the end, we think you’ll agree that eye health is important and that with GLX3, you’re taking an actionable step to reduce computer screen syndrome and offset dry eye symptoms.

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