Step 4: Increase Intake of Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Omega-3 fatty acids are so important for those with MGD. Because the meibomian gland oils of those with MGD are of poor quality, it is imperative to ensure you're ingesting a good ratio of Omega-3 to Omega-6 either through food or supplementation. A healthy Omega-6 to Omega-3 ratio is 4:1 but, sadly, our Western diet almost guarantees that yours may be closer to 20:1. To make sure your ratio is healthy, eliminate all processed and fried foods and sugars and replace them with healthy omegas like wild caught salmon, mackerel, walnuts, chia seeds, flaxseed, and avocados.
For those who wish to supplement, the Heyedrate Omega-3 for Eye Health contains high quality, triglyceride-based omegas, as well as a few other important vitamins and can help balance out your ratio. The recommended dosage is three softgels per day, which can be taken all at once or separately.