Omega-3 Fatty Acids (2015) & Computer Eye Syndrome

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In order to evaluate the efficacy of omega-3 fatty acids in treating computer eye syndrome, researchers used standard measures of dry eye symptoms - the Schirmer test, the time it takes the tear film to degrade, and conjunctival impression cytology, which is a test to evaluate the surface cells of the surface of the eye.

Almost 500 patients who had been using computer for at least 3 hours a day for at least a year were randomly divided into a test group and a control group. The control group was given capsules containing olive oil. The test group were given capsules containing 180mg EPA and 120mg DHA.

After 3 months there was a distinct difference in the test scores demonstrating that oral omega-3s are helpful for dry eye symptoms that result from computer eye strain.

Researchers: R. Bhargava, P. Kumar, H. Phogat, A. Kaur, and M. Kumar.

Published: Oral omega-3 fatty acids treatment in computer vision syndrome related dry eye, Contact Lens and Anterior Eye: The Journal of the British Contact Lens Association, June, 2015.