Office Hours

Monday 8:00am - 5:00pm
Tuesday 9:00am - 5:00pm
Wednesday 7:00am - 7:00pm
Thursday 7:00am - 5:00pm
Friday 7:00am - 4:00pm
Saturday CLOSED

Optometric Physicians NW
2222 James Street Suite A
Bellingham, Washington 98225

Phone: (360) 676-4030
Fax: (360) 676-8719

Barlean's Omega Supplements

Omega-3’s and eye benefits:

1. Dry eye Sydrome:

Dry eye syndrome is one of the most frequent eye problems in the United States, and a common complaint of patients seeking eye care. It is usually caused by a problem with the quality of the tear film that lubricates the eyes.

Dry eye syndrome can lead to discomfort, poor vision, and problems with reading, using a computer, or driving at night.

In a study conducted by researchers at Harvard Medical school, participants who consumed the highest amount of Omega-3 fatty acids had an 83% lower risk of dry eye syndrome. 32,470 female health professionals aged between 45 and 84 years provided information on diet and Dry Eye Syndrome. Based on this study, oral Omega-3 fish oil supplements may provide dry eye relief.

2. Macular Degeneration:

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of blindness in people over age fifty.

Currently, there has been evidence suggesting that adding omega 3 to the AREDS formulation may further reduce the risk of developing advanced age-related macular degeneration. In fact, in 2006, the Age Related Eye Disease Study 2 (AREDS 2) was piloted as the TOZAL study. This study adds omega 3’s to the AREDS formulation, and replaces the beta-carotene with lutein and zeozanthin. It is a phase III study with 4,000 participants that is ongoing but it is not recruiting new participants. The estimated study completion date is June 2013.

We feel that the initial evidence of adding omega-3’s are so compelling that we have proactively added them to your macular degeneration kit.

3. Glaucoma

In the past, we thought that glaucoma was mostly caused by an elevated intraocular pressure. We thought this pressure build-up mechanically pushed on the optic nerve, leading to its demise.  Currently, we know there is much more to glaucoma. While elevated intraocular pressure is still a risk for glaucoma, it is not its primary culprit. The optic nerve requires constant nourishment from our vascular supply. If our general vascular health is compromised, the optic nerve becomes malnourished and becomes damaged. The newest research on glaucoma suggests that good nutrition and judicious use of supplements can lessen your risk for glaucomatous progression. Omega-3 fatty acids are thought to be beneficial to several different mechanisms in addition to vascular regulation. No specific “dosage” guidelines are definitely established, however most glaucoma patients should completely eliminate trans fats from their diet, significantly reduce intake of saturated fats, and supplement an already-abundant intake of omega-6 fatty acids with an omega-3 fatty acid supplement.

Systemic Benefits of Omega-3

A Healthy Heart:

  • Reduce risk of strokes & heart attacks
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Reduce risk of blood clots
  • Reduce triglycerides (blood fat levels)
  • Protect against atherosclerosis

A Healthy Brain:

  • Alleviate Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Alleviate Dyslexia
  • Alleviate Depression and aggression
  • Alleviate Memory problems, Alzheimers disease and dementia

A Healthy Body:

  • Reduce risk Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Reduce risk Inflammatory skin disorders
  • Reduce risk Inflammatory bowel diseases

A Lean Body:

  • Burn fat faster and reduce excess body fat at the fastest possible rate.

Reduction in the risk of inflammation reactions caused by:

  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Kidney disease
  • Psoriasis
  • Eczema
  • Crohn'sdisease
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Asthma
  • Kidney failure that occurs with aging

Protection Against Degenerative Conditions

  • Eyesight degeneration
  • Alzheimer disease and age related memory loss
  • Kidney failure that occurs with aging

Our Mission To You

Our family of eyecare professionals is committed to:

  • Providing you, your family, and our community with a lifetime of compassionate and unparalleled preventative eye care services and state of the art products.
  • Inspiring confidence through patient and community education.
  • Promoting visual excellence with an organized, caring and dedicated staff, and with doctors and staff who promise to stay in the forefront of eye care with continuing education, certification and licensure, and the latest instrumentation.

We welcome you to our team at Optometric Physicians Northwest.