Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Eye Health: Opinions and Self-Reported Practice Behaviors of Optometrists in Australia and New Zealand
Alexis Ceecee Zhang, Sumeer Singh, Jennifer P Craig, Laura E Downie
Nutrients | MDPI | Published : 2020
This study investigated optometrists' attitudes and self-reported practice behaviors towards omega-3 fatty acids for eye health, and knowledge and understanding of their potential risks and benefits. An anonymous online survey was distributed to optometrists in Australia and New Zealand. Questions included practitioner demographics and practice modality; self-reported practices and recommendations relating to diet, nutritional supplements, and omega-3 fatty acids for age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and dry eye disease (DED); and practitioner knowledge about omega-3 fatty acids. Of 206 included surveys, most respondents (79%) indicated recommending for their patients to consume omega-3..View full abstract
This research received no external funding. A.C.Z. was supported by an Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship for her PhD studies. S.S. was supported by a Melbourne International Research Training Scholarship for his PhD studies.