Previous research has shown that omega-3 fatty acids – commonly found in fish oil – can prevent retinopathy, a major form of blindness that affects people with diabetes and premature babies, in a mouse model of the disease. Now a follow-up study, from the same research team at Children`s Hospital Boston, has revealed how exactly omega-3 fatty acids help prevent several forms of blindness. It also provides reassurance that widely used COX-inhibiting drugs like aspirin and NSAIDs do not negate their benefit. The results showed that omega-3 fatty acids could prevent eye blindness such as retinopathy, caused by the proliferation of tortuous, leaky blood vessels in the retina, and age-related macular degeneration (AMD), caused by abnormal growth of blood vessels.
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