Flax seed oil

Discussion in 'Optometry Archives' started by Lothar of the Hill People, Oct 29, 2003.

  1. What are people's opinions on the use of flax seed oil as a means of
    enhancing a potentially deficient tear film, for either contact lens
    compatibility or for post-surgery eye dryness? I have been taking
    2000mg (in capsule form) per day for several months, after reading a
    couple of recommendations in the archives of this newsgroup and other
    places, but am not sure if it is really making a difference or if it
    is worth the cost. When I went to see my dermatologist the other day,
    he told me it is a waste of money, and that because it is not FDA
    regulated, you never know what the quality will be.

    Lothar of the Hill People, Oct 29, 2003
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  2. I am not lacking tear volume, at least according to the Schirmer's
    test my last ophthalmologist did on me. It's possible that my tear
    *composition* is abnormal--I don't really know because nobody's done a
    TBUT. I intend to request one, one of these days, if my doc concurs.
    It is very possible that I simply don't blink enough or that my eyes
    don't close fully when I blink.

    My lenses seem to get coated with oily deposits from time to time. I
    have tried preservative-free artificial tears, but they only provide a
    few minutes of relief from the various symptoms I've experienced
    (feelings of dryness, blurred vision). I'm now using AMO
    Blink-N-Clean, hoping that this will help keep my contacts clean while
    they are in my eye (as it has been shown to do in in vitro
    experiments), and it seems to do as good a job at providing temporary
    relief as any other drops I've tried.

    As for blepharitis, that is something that two different
    ophthalmologists have told me that I *may* have, but I have a feeling
    they are mainly saying that as a diagnosis of exclusion because they
    can't come up with another likely explanation. I don't have the
    classic visible symptoms of blepharitis, and lid scrubs did nothing
    for me. My ophthalmologist also told me he thought I had rosacea, but
    my dermatologist does not agree.

    Lothar of the Hill People, Oct 29, 2003
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  3. Just to clarify what my dermatologist said... He did not mean to imply
    that flax seed oil has no value--only that taking it is capsule form
    is a waste of money and it's better to get it from eating the right
    foods. Since I don't think I'd be able/willing to change my diet
    enough to ingest that quantity of additional omega-3/6 fatty acids on
    a regular basis, I prefer to take it as a supplement, assuming it is
    useful in my case at all.

    Lothar of the Hill People, Oct 29, 2003
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    Jane Guest

    What about just using ground flax seed? I often make oatmeal in the
    morning. I grind up a couple of tablespoons of flax seed in an old coffee
    grinder and toss it in the oatmeal after it's cooked. Not to everyone's
    taste to be sure but I quite like it.
    Jane, Oct 30, 2003
  5. Lothar, as I continue to await my neuro visit with increasing anxiety,
    may I ask if you have had the all the routine sed rate, antibody tests
    ect. to rule out systemic causes of eye discomfort?
    Pardon me if you've discussed this already and I missed it.

    Jeffrey Gardner, Oct 30, 2003
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    drfrank21 Guest

    I'm a flax seed proponent for both dry eyes and blepharitis conditions.
    It does take some time to see results but I have quite a few patients
    that have been quite successful with omega-3 supplementation.

    drfrank21, Oct 30, 2003
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    Rocket man Guest

    Are you a male or female? If you're a male, have you ever taken the drug
    finasteride (Propecia or Proscar)? If yes, this may be the cause of your
    dry eyes.

    Rocket man, Oct 30, 2003
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    sqrrlbird Guest

    There is an organization that does independent testing of suppliments,
    including flax seed oil capsules. They can at least point you to
    brands that contain what is on the label.


    sqrrlbird, Oct 30, 2003
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    Dr. Leukoma Guest

    Most authorities seem to agree that omega 3's from fish oil have more
    potent anti-inflammatory action. Theratears Nutrition contains fish oil.
    Flax oil is probably more palatable and won't "talk back," like fish oil.

    Dr. Leukoma, Oct 30, 2003
  10. I'm male, and am not taking finasteride, nor any other drug. Thanks
    for the idea though!

    Lothar of the Hill People, Oct 30, 2003
  11. Thanks very much for your ideas, Francine and Jane. I don't think I
    want to make my intake of omega-3's any more complicated than it is
    now (by diet changes, for example--I'm pretty set in my ways regarding
    how I eat), especially when I am not sure if it is even making a
    difference in my eyes. I'm content to keep taking the gel capsules,
    if I can get a sense for whether they are of any value, or perhaps
    adding a teaspoon (or tablespoon?) of liquid oil to my food every day,
    if the stuff keeps as well as capsules on the shelf.

    Lothar of the Hill People, Oct 30, 2003
  12. I have not had any blood tests specifically aimed at diagnosing my eye
    issues. I assume that one of my two ophthalmologists would have
    ordered them if they saw any indications for them. I do have whatever
    blood tests my regular doctor orders when I get my regular physicals
    (I can't recall which tests specifically), and have never been told
    that anything is out of the ordinary.

    Lothar of the Hill People, Oct 30, 2003
  13. Thanks, Frank. You and the other people who have responded are making
    me inclined to continue taking flax seed oil. Whether or not it is
    making any difference in my eyes, I suppose it can't hurt anything
    (except my wallet) to keep taking it.

    Now I just have to figure out what is the best dose to take, either in
    capsule or liquid form. Any suggestions?

    Lothar of the Hill People, Oct 30, 2003
  14. Thanks, sqrrlbird, that was a very useful website! I am definitely
    going to use that, next time I try to decide which brand of flaxseed
    oil to buy.

    Lothar of the Hill People, Oct 30, 2003
  15. I suppose the question is whether capsules give you the same quality
    of oils as you would get in the same quantity of some other source of
    oil. Looking at the website that sqrrlbird posted earlier in this
    thread, it seems pretty clear that not all flaxseed oil capsules are
    the same! If the Trader Joe's capsules only have half as much
    alpha-linolenic acid as a brand that costs, say, 50% more (and I'm not
    saying that they do), then that would hardly be a bargain. I would
    gladly pay more money for a capsule that is more potent or more

    Thanks for the price info though!

    Lothar of the Hill People, Oct 30, 2003
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