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Fish oil soothes ‘computer eyes’

Just three months of daily omega-3 supplementation can reduce the symptoms of dry eyes caused by long hours in front of a monitor, according to new research.

Fish oil soothes dry eyes caused by hours of screen time, according to research. Officially known as “computer vision syndrome,” the condition can be found among many people who remain glued to their screens day in and day out.

During the three-month study, 478 people with the condition, who used a computer at least three hours a day for a year or more, were split into two groups. The first group received two daily doses of omega-3 fatty acids consisting of 120 mg docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and 180 mg eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA). The second group received a placebo.

The people who took the omegas experienced greater reduction in their symptoms than the placebo group, according to the research, published in the journal Contact Lens & Anterior Eye. The research was noted on the At the end of the study, those people also had more conjunctival goblet cells, cells responsible for keeping the eyes lubed, on the surface of their eyes. Their tear evaporation was also slower.

The study adds to the growing body of research linking omegas with healthy vision. Last year, researchers conducted a pilot study that suggested omega-3s may significantly improve the vision power of people with dry age-related macular degeneration. The authors wrote the improvement among their subjects was “striking.”

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