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by Dave Foreman
I am not sure if it is because it is winter (dry heat) or just by coincidence, but I have been getting a ton of questions about natural ways to treat dry eyes. This one is usually a short and sweet answer: cod liver oil. No, you don't place it in your eye, you take it internally (you would be surprised how many people think the oil goes in the eye).
Years ago, I learned from an ophthalmologist that the best way to treat most cases of dry eyes was by taking this popular supplement daily. How much depends on the brand you purchase. In most cases, taking 1000mg of Omega-3s from cod liver oil per day usually does the trick. If you are using Carlson Laboratories or Nordic Naturals liquids that would be just 1 teaspoon daily. If liquids freak you out, using capsules by companies like The Vitamin Shoppe®, Garden of Life and the ones mentioned previously work great too. Just make sure to read your labels for serving sizes and the amount of Omega-3s per serving. There are also instances where eye drops may be needed. There are homeopathic formulas from Similasan designed to treat specific eye health needs. I recently tried the Computer Eyes formula and had great results. There are other formulas that may pertain to your individual needs. Ask a store associate for some added guidance. (Read the article on homeopathy if this subject seems to be confusing to you.)
Beyond homeopathy and cod liver oil, you may also consider using an eye health supplement. These will not make up for the dryness per se, but will support overall eye health improvement. Sometimes by addressing underlying health issues with eye support nutrients, your "feelings" of dry eyes will disappear (no pun intended). Supplements like Advanced Ocular Support, Ocuguard Plus w/Lutein, Super Zeaxanthin w/Lutein, Opti-Vue w/Lutein are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to multiple-ingredient formulas for supporting healthy eyes.