Fröken Minimalist

Omega 3 supplements for dry eyes: update after one month
AlgOmega from Swedish Helhetshälsan and flaxseed oil from Swedish Holistic.
 
In a previous post, I told you that I had started taking vegan omega 3 supplements for my dry eyes (read more here). It's been approximately a month now, so I wanted to update you. One month might not be enough, and I decided in the beginning that I wanted to try this for several months. During this past month, I haven't felt much difference, to be honest. The only thing that I've noticed is that my eyes aren't as dry in the morning. Some days they are still very dry in the morning when I wake up, but not always. Before I started taking the Omega 3, my eyes were always dry in the morning, so this is hopefully some kind of progress. I feel as if my eye drops last longer also, but I don't really know since I don't count how often I take them. I will continue to update you about how it's going and hopefully, I will see some progress.
 
// Swedish //
 
Omega-3-tillskott för torra ögon: uppdatering efter en månad
 
Som jag har berättat innen, började jag ta omega-3-tillskott för mina torra ögon (läs mer här). Det har gått ungefär en månad nu, så jag kände att det var dags för en första uppdatering. En månad är inte tillräckligt och jag bestämde redan i början att jag skulle ge detta några månader innan jag gav upp. Under den senaste månaden har jag inte känt speciellt stor skillnad, om jag ska vara ärlig. Det enda jag har noterat är att mina ögon inte är lika torra på morgonen som de brukade. Detta gäller dock bara vissa dagar. Andra dagar är det som "vanligt". Innan jag började ta omega 3 var ögonen alltid väldigt torra på morgonen, så detta är förhoppningsvis ett tecken på förbättring. Jag upplever också att jag inte tar lika mycket ögondroppar, men jag är inte helt säker på det eftersom jag inte har räknat hur ofta jag brukar ta dem. Jag kommer att fortsätta uppdatera er om hur det går och förhoppningsvis ser jag förbättring.
Trying vegan omega 3 supplements to treat dry eyes
 
When I was in my early teens, I was diagnosed with dry eyes. This means that I need to take eye drops several times a day, otherwise my eyes feel dry and it’s not a very pleasant feeling. I use different eye drops depending on how my eye dryness feels, but I alternate between Oxyal, Oftagel and Tears Naturale. When I ate Isotretinoin to combat my acne, I used even more eye drops (especially Oftagel, which is a gel rather than a drop). I’m so tired of my dry eyes and decided to do some research.

While searching I found several articles about dry eyes and omega 3. One article by Haleh Kangari et al., called “Short-term Consumption of Oral Omega-3 and Dry Eye Syndrome”, concluded that Omega 3 helps to treat dry eyes. I have heard this before, especially from my optician. However, I didn’t try it then. I decided to start taking Omega 3 and see if I notice a difference.

Since I’m a vegetarian, I didn’t buy the regular Omega 3 supplements. Instead, I chose a vegetarian/vegan kind which is based on algae. It said that I should take them with some flaxseed oil, so I bought some of that too (in tablet form, since I can’t stand the taste of the flaxseed oil).

I bought AlgOmega3 from Helhetshälsan (a Swedish brand) and Linfröolja (Flaxseed oil) from Holistic (also a Swedish brand). I will eat them for several months and see if I notice a difference. Since I have a hard time opening my eyes in the morning due to dryness, I hope to notice a difference soon. I started taking the supplements August 9.

Have you tried omega 3 to treat dry eyes?

// Swedish //

Att testa omega 3-tillskott för att försöka behandla torra ögon

Under min tidiga tonår konstaterades det av en ögonläkare att jag har torra ögon. Det innebar att jag sedan dess har behövt ta ögondroppar flera gånger per dag. Utan dessa ögondroppar blir mina ögon torra och det är en väldigt obehaglig känsla. Jag växlar mellan flera olika ögondroppar, beroende på hur torrheten i ögonen känns. Det är främst Oxyal, Oftagel och Tears Naturale som jag växlar mellan. När jag åt Isotretinoin mot acne blev mina ögon ännu torrare och då behövde jag använda ögondroppar ännu oftare. Jag är så trött på mina torra ögon, så jag började söka information gällande hur jag kan underlätta för dem att återfukta sig själva bättre.

När jag sökte information hittade jag ett flertal artiklar om torra ögon och omega 3. En artikel av Haleh Kangari et al., vid namn “Short-term Consumption of Oral Omega-3 and Dry Eye Syndrome”, kom fram till att omega 3 hjälper vid behandling av torra ögon. Jag har hört detta förut, bland annat av min optiker, men jag har inte testat det än. Jag beslutade mig dock nu för att ge det ett försök.

Eftersom jag är vegetarian, så köpte jag inte vanliga omega 3 tillskott (som innehåller fisk). Istället köpte jag en vegetarisk/vegansk varian som är baserat på alger istället. Det stod att jag skulle ta dem med linfröolja, så jag köpte kapslar med linfröolja för att underlätta. Jag gillar inte riktigt smaken av linfröolja nämligen.

Jag köpte AlgOmega3 från Helhetshälsan och Linfröolja (i kapslar) från Holistic. Jag kommer att äta dem nu i några månader framöver för att se om de hjälper mot mina torra ögon. Jag hoppas att jag märker skillnad snart, eftersom jag har problem med att öppna ögonen på morgonen på grund av torrhet (behöver ta ögondroppar direkt när jag vaknar, annars ser jag inte ordentligt). Jag började ta tillskotten den 9 augusti.

Har ni testat omega 3 för att behandla torra ögon?

Why I quit Facebook and what I learned
 
In July 2014 I decided to quit Facebook. I had just finished high school and thought it was the perfect time to quit Facebook, since I wouldn't need it for all the events related to graduation anymore. To understand why I decided to quit Facebook, we have to back up a bit.
 
I started my first Facebook account in 2008 or 2009, when Facebook was quite new in Sweden at least. The first year or two years, it was a fun way to interact with my friends. However, when I started high school it started to change. Instead of logging on to Facebook and feel excited for the things my friends would have written while I was offline, I felt sad. Facebook had become a place online where I felt pressure to always do things and to always be happy. 
 
So I quit. I deleted my account and I didn't look back. It felt liberating. It was as if I could breath again. The main reason I quit Facebook was that it made me sad and demotivated. I felt left out somehow, even though I barely knew some of the friends I had on Facebook. It was a weird online world, where people called each other friends even though they had only met once. All the posts were about how perfect their lives where. For example couples I knew had a lot of trouble with infidelity posted how happy they were - when they actually weren't. People having drug or alcohol problems posted how healthy they were - when they actually weren't. Facebook, like other social media, was a fake world to me.
 
I'm not saying that you have to share every struggle in your life on social media, I know I don't, but since people (me included) often post things when life's great it gives a messed up representation of people's lives. Life isn't perfect, not for anyone. Everyone experience struggles from time to time. 
 
In November/December 2015 I decided to start using Facebook again, because I needed it for university and NGO:s I was involved in. I told myself that I would do things differently this time. For example, I wouldn't accept every single friend request. I probably have less than 100 friends on Facebook, because I'm picky regarding who I have on Facebook. Before quitting Facebook I had over 500 "friends" on Facebook. I also decided to not spend a lot of time on Facebook. This is prevented since neither me or my friends are especially active there. 
 
So what did quitting Facebook teach me?
  • Don't be online all the time. You don't miss anything important. 
  • Social media is a false representation of the life people live. 
  • The best thing for me is to only have people I care about as friends on Facebook. People I don't really like shouldn't be on there. 
Have you quit Facebook or are you thinking about quitting?