Flax seeds for eye health.

With age and the wear and tear of the eye muscles, our eye health undergoes rapid deterioration. We usually don’t give it much consideration but experience the strain and the discomfort later on in life.

Making dietary and lifestyle changes are two ways we can save our eyes from further degeneration and eye problems.

Including foods rich in Vitamin A and essential fatty acids and spending less time staring at our phones and computers will definitely go a long way in safeguarding our eyes.

Read Yoga for your eyes


Including foods rich in Vitamin A won’t ensure a reduction in the power of our spectacles, but it will…

  • help improve eye health,
  • look after the surface of the eyes,
  • improve night vision,
  • and, lessen the risk of vision loss due to muscular degeneration that comes with ageing.

Omega 3 fatty acids also help keep the eyes healthy.

  • They reduce the instances of dry eyes,
  • Reduce the inflammation associated with dry eyes
  • and reduce muscular degeneration.

Essential fatty acids (EFA) are required for the proper functioning of our organs. And, as our body cannot produce these, we need to obtain these from dietary sources.

Omega 3 fatty acids are one such type of fatty acids that ensure good eye health.

These are found in high quantities in seafood, nuts, and seeds.

Seeds are a great way for vegetarians to incorporate Omega 3 fats in their daily diet.

  • Chia seeds are a native of Mexico.
  • Flax seeds have been used in Ayurveda for thousands of years. But, because depending upon locally-grown food makes sense, let’s focus on flax seeds.

Flaxseeds for dry eyes

Flax seeds are rich in:

Omega 3 fatty acids





These are not just beneficial for the eyes, but for our overall health.


Roasted flax seeds can be eaten just like that or added to breakfast cereals or salads to increase their nutritional value.

Roasted and ground flax seeds are easier to digest and can be had first thing in the morning with a mugful of warm water.

The powder can also be added to yogurt and salads.


Dry roast flax seeds in a thick-bottomed pan.

Flaxseeds for dry eyes

Once cool, grind them finely in your grinder.

Flaxseeds for dry eyes

Store the powder in an air-tight jar.

Have a teaspoon of this powder in the morning on an empty stomach.

Flaxseeds for dry eyes

*As the powder sticks to the teeth, gums and the palete, drink warm water soon after eating the flax seeds powder. It will help clean your mouth.


A simple remedy for dry eyes consists of using artificial tears, or lubricant eye drops.

These are available over the counter at your chemist’s. But, you may also enquire about it at your ophthalmologist’s.

Just a couple of drops after you finish your work on your computer or phones will reduce the irritation or the burning sensation your eyes suffer due to the dryness.

Try and do away with your contact lens, too, if you suffer from dry eyes. The discomfort you suffer while wearing your lens will further aggravate the problem.

I quit using my contact lens when I started feeling the lens slipping off the surface of my eyes.

I use the artificial tear drops after laptop use and at bedtime.

Artificial tear drops for dry eyes

Wash your eyes with cold water each time you finish your screen-related work. And, when you are working, remember to blink often as that will help keep the eyes moist.

Make sure the screen of your computer is at or below eye level and at an arm’s distance from your eyes.

Finally, remember the 20-20-20 rule: every 20 minutes, look away from your screens at a distance of 20 feet for 20 seconds.

Look after your eyes. This is the only pair you have!




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Flax seeds for your eyes

Published by shilpagupte

Do you know the secret to living a happy life? Eat. Pray. Love. Or, watch what you eat, wish well for all and fill your heart with love! That's precisely what I try to do through my blogs: 'Metanoia', the wellness blogazine, and 'Fictionista', my blog for fiction and non-fiction. Welcome to my virtual homes!

29 thoughts on “Flax seeds for eye health.

    1. I keep forgetting about the 20-20 rule when engrossed in writing or reading. Taking a break also helps in accessing priorities when we spend too much time on social media.

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      1. We all tend to forget it, Raj. I too get carried away while typing a post as the words keep coming so fast. But, the moment I begin feeling the strain I realize my eyes are tired, so I look away.
        Thank you for reading, dear! ❀

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  1. Oh I wasn’t aware flax seeds were good for the eyes. I just thought they were good for the hair. My BIL, a marathon runner insists they’re great for the metabolism too. Can we give them to kids too?

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    1. Of course, kids can have flax seeds or the powder, too. But, I am doubtful they will eat it just like that as it tends to stick to the mouth and can get rather irritating for kids. You could add it to their food or sprinkle it on salads or yogurts.


  2. I’ll be starting the 20-20-20 rule from like RIGHT NOW!

    I love flax seeds and use it a lot in my cooking. From salad toppings to smoothies, it goes everywhere for me.

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  3. Welcome back, Shilpa. My husband is a fan of flax seeds and I learnt it from him to use in recipes. He mixes them in the atta while making chapathi and adds a teaspoon to many of his recipes without any reason other than it’s healthy πŸ˜† Glad to know it helps the eyes too. I blinked like a 100 times while I read this post. I bet I do this often. 😚

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    1. Hahaha! I too blinked so many times even as I wrote this post. πŸ˜› It’s something that’s so necessary, but which we forget all the time.
      Lucky you are, Jaya, to have a hubby who is not only a chef but also a nutrition expert! πŸ™‚


  4. Wow I learned so much from this post! I never knew about the 20/20/20 rule, I’m glad I do now. Also, I knew flax seeds were good for you but I guess I didn’t realize how good they are for your eyes. Also, I didn’t know you could grind flax seeds and take a teaspoon with water and it would make much a difference.

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  5. Very informative! As a plant based eater I already use flax seeds in my diet for fiber and binders in most baking recipes. I never considered the benefits that they would have on eyesight. Tiny little seeds that pack such a major punch on so many levels.

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  6. I had no idea that flax seeds are so good for eye health! But I eat plenty of them because I know that they have amazing health benefits and it is a great source of plant based protein. I love to add them to my yogurt, to salads and I also soak them then add them to my morning smoothies. It is really not hard to add this super food to my daily diet.

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    1. You are doing a really good job of using flax seeds to your diet on an everyday basis, Lynne.
      It takes time, but we do notice the difference it makes to our health.
      Thank you for reading! πŸ™‚


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