GLA (Evening Primrose Oil) for dry eyes

Discussion in 'Eye-Care' started by Rocketman, Jul 8, 2004.

  1. Rocketman

    Rocketman Guest

    I've read conflicting information regarding the benefit of GLA
    (Evening Primrose Oil) for dry eyes. I've been taking fish oil and
    flax oil for the past 6 months but haven't noticed any benefit.

    Does anyone know if I should add GLA (Evening Primrose Oil) to my
    regimen or replace the flax oil with it? If I should take Evening
    Primrose Oil, what's the right dose for dry eyes?

    Thanks in advance.
    Rocketman, Jul 8, 2004
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  2. Rocketman

    LarryDoc Guest

    Although there is good evidence that omega oils can help with dry eyes,
    it does not work for everyone. It appears to be most effective in those
    who have inflammatory disorders like rheumatoid arthritis and other
    conditions, and even in that population, the current thinking is that
    efficacy is around 70%.

    The suggested starting dose is 6 and as much as 14 grams per day.
    That's a lot of 1000mg caps or about two tablespoons of liquid oil. You
    should consult with your physician before taking large doses of
    nutritional supplements, especially if you are taking other medications
    as there can be drug interactions and systemic side effects (in this
    case increased blood clotting time and hemorrhages.)


    Dr. Larry Bickford, O.D.
    Family Practice Eye Health & Vision Care

    The Eyecare Connection
    larrydoc at eye-care-contacts dot com (remove -)
    LarryDoc, Jul 8, 2004
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