How to Choose Fish Oil for Dry Eyes

Melissa Toyos, MD

You can’t throw a spitball anymore without hitting a few different types of fish oil.  Everybody has a brand…Trader Joes, Whole Foods, Wal-Mart , and at all different prices–how do you know which one is best for you?

 Recently, Toyos Clinic was part of research consortium looking at the effectivity of over 30,000 different types of fish oil.  We looked at store brands, mail order brands, expensive cardiology brands and more. What we found was that while fish oil can be effective in treating dry eye disease if taken consistently over 12 weeks, fewer than 1% of available products tested had any effect at all on dry eye disease.

 There are a few things you need to know about Omega 3s and dry eyes.  First, it’s important to have a balance of Omega 3s and Omega 6 fatty acids.  Japanese people and Eskimos do not suffer from dry eye disease in the same way that Americans do. That’s because people who eat oily fish like salmon and king mackerel 7-12 times per week get enough omega 3s from their diet they don’t need to supplement. The American diet in general is very high in Omega 6s, which are found in corn products. Healthy Omega 3s, on the other hand, are found in other plants and in marine sources. We now know that Omega 3s from marine sources are required for treatment of dry eyes as plant-based omegas do not impact inflammation from dry eye.  This means that while flaxseed oil and walnut oils are good for you, they will not be a substitute for a high quality omega 3 fish oil supplement to treat the inflammation from dry eye.

 Second, fish oil supplements have to be in a form that can be easily digested by the body. Fish oil must be moved out of the natural triglyceride form in order to rid it of unwanted toxins like lead and mercury.  Because putting them back in their natural form can be expensive, 99% of products are left in this unnatural chemical form – which the body does not recognize. That means that most of the product is expelled from the body without being absorbed.   You can literally take wheelbarrow loads of them and they will never do a thing for your dry eye.

 We’ve taken what we learned from this research and over 20 years of treating dry eye and formulated our own brand of fish oil.  Toyos Clinic Power Eye helps you get the right combination of high quality marine based omega 3s to help fight the inflammation that comes with dry eye.  Call today 615.327.4015 or order from our


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