Individuals with Glaucoma Tend to Have Reduced Blood Levels of DHA and EPA


Orlando, FL -- (SBWIRE) -- 01/22/2016 -- Glaucoma is a condition that causes damage to the eye's optic nerve and results in blindness as well as vision loss. People can protect themselves from this eye condition through early detection, and this means knowing the risk factors involved in the condition.

Individuals with glaucoma tend to have reduced blood levels of DHA and EPA. According to health experts, good vision necessitates a healthy optic nerve. Open-angle glaucoma damages the optic nerve, and this results in a myriad of problems.

According to studies, eye pressure is one of the risk factors of optic nerve damage. The anterior chamber is a space located in the front of the eye, and there is a clear fluid that flows continually in and out of it. This fluid works by nourishing nearby tissues. In open-angle glaucoma, the clear fluid passes too slowly and it creates buildup, and thus produces a damaging pressure. The increased pressure damages the optic nerve, and this results in vision loss. Experts stress the importance of controlling eye pressure. Blood pressure is another risk factor of the eye condition.

While glaucoma does not cause symptoms such as pain, it can slowly cause a sufferer to lose their peripheral vision slowly when left untreated. Over time, vision is lost.

According to several studies, omega-3 fatty acids can potentially help provide protection in the eyes of adults from dry eye syndrome and macular degeneration. These essential fatty acids are also believed to be helpful for promoting the proper drainage of the clear fluid that passes in and out of the anterior chamber. This is believed to be significantly helpful for reducing the risk of high eye pressure and glaucoma.

In a European study, it was found that those who consume oily fish once or a few times every week were less susceptible to developing neovascular ("wet") macular degeneration by 50 percent than those who eat fish less often. In one study, it was found that those who suffer from glaucoma had reduced levels of EPA and DHA, which are types of omega-3 fatty acids.

Omega-3 fats can be obtained by eating fish such as herring, tuna, halibut, and sardines. They can also be consumed through fish oil supplements. Today, many people opt to consume omega-3 fats through fish oil rather than eating fish. The ocean is filled with environmental pollutants, and fish consumption has been associated with intake of mercury and heavy metals. Many of the best herbal companies, on the other hand, are using a process that eliminates these environmental pollutants (

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