Conjunctivitis (eye infections)


Counter-intuitive But Real Honey

Honey is good for adding to many foods. Honey is also great for open wounds and cuts, skin disorders and infected skin for its antimicrobial properties. Many people use it as a facial mask, cleanser and even as a shampoo.

When I suggest honey as a natural eye cure for eye infection, pink eye, itchy eye and dry eye, most people immediately get the most incredulous, eye-wide stares.

"That's hair-raising, it sounds almost too unorthodox or ancient for a remedy, you won't put a sweet sticky stuff like honey into your eyes!" are the usual reactions I get.

But as more and more people begin to share with me on the use of honey as an effective eye drop for eye infection and even cataracts and corneal problems, instead of dismissing it quickly, you can't help but to take one step back and ponder over its relevance in treating the eyes. Actually, does honey really sound that terrible as an eye cure when most of us would so readily put chemical laden synthetic eye drop dispensed by the pharmacies to treat eye infection?

Science-Backed Eye Care

Current Eye Research (Vol. 36, No.9) documented that honey has anti-inflammatory properties that can be explored in several corneal inflammatory and infectious conditions. Researchers at the International Bee Research Association also reported that honey is a better natural eye cure for dry eyes than artificial tears. Though the solution used contained only 20% honey, it was found that honey could treat eye infection even when diluted. American Apitherapy Society showed a significant improvement in a corneal ulcer condition with topical honey when antibiotics, antiviral agents and corticosteroids had no effect.

According to Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine (Volume 2014), a double blind clinical trial with 60 patients in Iran revealed the effectiveness of honey drops in treating Vernal Keratoconjunctivitis, a form of chronic allergic conjunctivitis which results in severe eye irritation, abnormal sensitivity to light, swelling, tearing, and excessive mucus secretions. It is believed that the flavonoids in honey can access and heal the eyes lens and improve vision, and along with its antioxidant and osmotic properties it can cure eye infections.



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