Eye Nutrition Facts with Your Mississauga Optometrists
Nutrition for Dry Eyes
Dry eyes disease is one of the most common eye conditions and its prevalence is on the rise as more time is spent in front of computers/digital devices.
- Water: Staying hydrated is an essential part of keeping your eyes comfortable. Women are recommended to drink a little more than 2 liters of water per day and men 3 liters.
- Antioxidants: Free radical cells can cause damage which contributes to dry eye symptoms. Foods rich in antioxidants such as beans, berries, dark chocolate, pecans, artichoke, apples, and leafy green vegetables.
- Essential Fatty Acids: Omega 3 and Omega 7 have been shown to reduce the severity of dry eyes. It is important to try and get omega 3’s from a fish source as flax seed or other sourced Omega 3 is much less effective since only 5% converts to EPA/DHA that is needed for eye health. Omega 7 or palmitoleic acid is the latest recommendation for dry eye relief, sources for Omega 7 include cold water fish such as Salmon and tuna, as well as Macadamia Nuts and Buckthorn berries.