Omega-3 and Vision: Things You Should Consider

Omega 3s are good for eyesight!

Omega 3s are very good for your eyes. They can help with dry eye, macular degeneration, high blood pressure and heart disease.

They can also help with arthritis and bowel disease since Omega 3s act as an anti-inflammatory agent.

Omega 3s are good for you

Omega 3s are not only good for your eyes, but they're great for your overall health. Studies show that omega-3s may decrease cardiovascular disease and reduce bad cholesterol (LDL) levels. They've even been shown to be helpful in treating depression, ADHD, and other mental disorders by improving brain functions such as memory and learning ability.

One study found that people who eat at least two servings of fatty fish a week were less likely to develop macular degeneration than those who don't eat fish regularly. Additionally, eating a healthy diet is key to improving dry eyes and preventing dry eye syndrome from worsening.

A healthy diet will keep your body healthy, which includes your eyes

Remember when your parents used to tell you, “You are what you eat?” Well, there was more than a grain of truth in that! A balanced diet is important for eye health as well as overall physical health.

When planning your meals and snacks, include plenty of fruits and vegetables. Leafy greens like kale and spinach are packed with nutrients that are good for the eyes—lutein, zeaxanthin, zinc and vitamins C and E. You probably have heard that carrots can help keep eyes healthy—and they do contain many of these nutrients. But don’t limit yourself to just carrots! Other orange-colored fruits and veggies such as sweet potatoes, cantaloupe or pumpkin also have good things for eye health inside them. Studies have shown that eating fish at least once a week may help lower your risk of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a common cause of vision loss in older adults.

Related article: 15 Foods to Boost Vision and Eye health

Omega 3s can help your eyesight

Omega-3s have been shown to boost your vision. “[Omega 3s] prevent the blood vessels in the back of your eye from getting damaged and leaking,” says Dr. Mandel, who advises eating salmon and taking a supplement every day for optimal eye health.

Getting Omega 3 in your diet

There are a couple of ways to get Omega 3 in your diet:

  • Eat fatty fish like salmon or tuna, which are rich sources of Omega 3.

  • Take an Omega 3 supplement. Always consult a physician before adding supplements to your routine, as they are not regulated by the FDA. If you choose to take an Omega 3 supplement, follow the dosage guidelines on its packaging and don't exceed the recommended daily amount.


That's it, simply a run-down of what Omegas can do for the eyes, and the critical need for Omega-3s in daily life. Plan to lots of fish,  but if you can't at least be sure to take your supplements!