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Do you experience dry eye symptoms such as burning, stinging or redness? Does it affect your ability wear contact lenses or cause twitching of the eyes? Flaxseed oil and fish oil contain omega-3 fatty acids that have multiple health benefits, one of which includes prevention of dry eyes, and many doctors are now recommending a daily supplement of the omega-3s.

Protection and Prevention
The omega-3 in flaxseed oil is called alpha-linolenic acid (ALA); when digested, it is converted to two other omega-3s, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), which protect cell membranes and have been shown to reduce inflammation, and may help prevent chronic diseases such as heart disease and arthritis.

Precautions
Before starting any nutritional supplement, it’s always a good idea to consult with your family physician or eye doctor before taking significant quantities. This is especially true if you take prescription or non-prescription drugs, as adverse drug interactions can occur.

Both flaxseed and fish oils can increase the risk of bleeding and reduce blood clotting when used with blood thinners (even aspirin) so be careful and consult with your doctor.

Vitamin E deficiency can be caused by long-term use of fish oil so it’s a good idea to look for fish oil supplements that also contain vitamin E if your multi-vitamin doesn’t already contain it.

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