How to Treat Blurry Eyes Naturally

| Modified: Oct 07, 2020
Add New Post Blurry Vision Remedies

Blurry eyes can have causes that aren't necessarily from an underlying disease like cataracts, age-related macular degeneration, or diabetes. For example, dry eyes, rubbing the eyes, crying for more than 2 minutes, or bad eyeglasses can also cause blurry vision.

Natural remedies can often improve blurry vision, depending on the cause of the blurriness. Remedies include supplements like vinpocetine and blueberry extract. External treatments, like eyebright herbal washesl are also often used, according to Earth Clinic readers.

Causes of Sudden Blurry Vision

  • Stroke
  • Transient ischemic attack
  • Concussion
  • Detached Retina
  • Wet Macular Degeneration
  • Eye Strain
  • Pink Eye
  • Endophthalmitis (severe infection inside eye)
  • Corneal Abrasion
  • Giant Cell Arteritis (inflammation of blood vessels in the eye)
  • High Blood Sugar
  • Hyphema (blood pools inside the eye)
  • Iritis
  • Keratitis
  • Macular Hole in Retina
  • Migraine
  • Optic Neuritis (inflammation of the optic nerve)
  • Temporal Arteritis
  • Uveitis
  • Cataracts
  • Eye Herpes
  • Glaucoma
  • Age-Related Macular Degeneration
  • Brain Hemorrhage
  • Multiple Sclerosis - Early Sign
  • Eye Drops and Medication
  • Over-Wearing Contact Lenses
  • Computer Screen Eye Strain

When to Seek Medical Care

Immediately seek medical care if you have any of the following symptoms:

  • numbness or weakness in face, arm, leg on one side of the body
  • confusion
  • difficulty speaking or understanding others
  • difficulty walking
  • dizziness
  • lack of coordination
  • a pounding headache

Continue reading below to learn which remedies Earth Clinic readers suggest for blurry vision. Let us know what worked for you!


B Vitamins

Posted by Connie (Slc, Ut) on 09/01/2011
5 out of 5 stars

Hi Francisca and all who would like to save their vision ;

I'm going to offer a suggestion that may help, or at worst, it won't hurt. The B vitamins, B6, Folate, and B12 have shown to at least improve the eye conditions of : optic neuropathy, glaucoma, macular degeneration, cataracts, and visual acuity. They have helped me with dry eyes, blurred vision, and double vision. Although I have taken a large variety of B-complexes and individual B's for over 25 yrs., I found that they didn't work well until I began taking the sublingual lozenge of methylcobalamin, Mb -12. It is a natural form of B12 that is more easily available for the body to use. 1000 mcg. Daily may be a good possible dosage for eye health. ( It has also helped my years long lower back pain and sleep disturbance among many other conditions). But, it can take many months to see improvements, even over a year. It may be worth some consideration.


Apple Cider Vinegar

Posted by Lynda (Reno, Nv) on 07/30/2017
5 out of 5 stars

Eye Irritation? or Bacterial infection? cured with Apple Cider Vinegar & distilled water

Woke up with a very sore eye, blurry vision, itchy and just painfully annoying! It was (naturally on a Friday when the local eye doc was closed) so knowing I did not have an appt until Monday afternoon I started researching and found the Apple Cider Vinegar with the Mother cure for "pink eye" which I doubt I have/had (will find out tomorrow at the Optometrist appt). My upper eyelid is very red and dry and scaley and as said above the eyeball was also hurting.

So I followed a YouTube video where the lady put 2 capfuls into a large bowl and started rinsing her open eye ..... I did it 3x and each time followed with the Refresh gel drops the OD's office suggested. The $13 drops just made my eyes worse. So I finally decided like many others to just use the ACV water combo.

I used 2 capfuls of the apple cider vinegar in 1/2 gallon of DISTILLED water in a large bowl. Washed both of my hands thoroughly and with my hands and eyes open over my bathroom sink, started splashing the water into my eyes.....well here I am 36 hours later and my eyes are 100% better, no more symptoms. I am keeping the OD appt as I need to find out what is wrong with the top outside of my eyelid....eczema? or blepharitis?

I tossed out all my old eye makeup and brushes....bought new and will continue these vinegar eyewashes but in smaller amounts....

.I am now using 1 capful which measures to be 1 tsp vinegar into a STERILIZED (rinsed out with boiling water) cereal bowl with 1 1/4 cup of DISTILLED water. Have a wash cloth handy ..... after washing your hands lean over the sink and start splashing the water into your open eyes (both just to be certain) use the clean dry wash cloth to pat the eyes dry. Miracle cure for sure!!


Butter

Posted by Maria (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) on 05/25/2017
5 out of 5 stars

I am from Poland. The common wisdom is that eating butter is good for your eyes. It works for me. I noticed a few weeks ago that when I stopped eating butter, my eye vision became blurry. It is back to normal now, after eating butter again.


Carrots

Posted by Caitlin (Austin, Texas) on 02/21/2014
5 out of 5 stars

I get tired of carrots, but they work!

My mother (late 80's with near perfect far vision and only using reading glasses), upon hearing that my vision was off said that the 'old folks' she grew up with recommended eating a carrot every day and your vision would improve. Well, every day for the past 2 weeks, I've grated just 1/4 of a carrot into my smoothie mixture.

End result: my vision has definitely improved to such an extent that I'm reading 1 size smaller letters than before and this, without my reading glasses. And, my vision is not so blurry.

Natural remedies such as eye exercises and carrots may take time, but they CAN, over time, work to fix what ails us! Astounding advice from my mother! Thanks MoM, CAT


Colloidal Silver

Posted by Mama To Many (Tn) on 09/25/2020
3 out of 5 stars

Hi there!

My 82 year old mother in law fell last fall. She cut her forehead above her left eye. Subsequently her eye got very infected. She ended up in the hospital on IV antibiotics. Ever since then, her eye has not been "right." (No pun intended.) She fell shortly after the eye incident and broke her shoulder and femur and was in a nursing home and rehab for months. We moved her in with us from the nursing home 2 months ago.

Between her dementia, all the distraction with her broken leg, and then Covid concerns (we weren't able to see her for 3 months), the eye issue became secondary, to say the least.

I took her to the eye doctor a couple of weeks ago to get her glasses prescription updated. That is when I realized she basically can't see out of her left eye because it is so blurry. Nothing was immediately apparent to the optometrist. He referred us to an ophthalmologist. He said she had some scar tissue from a previous cataracts surgery and he used a laser to remove it and prescription steroid eye drops. Well, it didn't improve her vision at all. And the eye drops made her eye feel "heavy."

Her eye does itch and she rubs it a lot. It gets red and irritated. I always assume its some sort of infection and I do use colloidal silver gel on it. One dose of that topically and it usually clears right up, but its temporary.

Today I tried one drop of Visine allergy eye drops. Again, that seemed a temporary fix to the red and itchy eye.

But nothing touches the blurry issue. I could take her to another doctor, but she is in a wheelchair and has COPD and she is a high risk for Covid. I really prefer to minimize taking her out.

I thought I would throw this out there and see if anyone has any ideas for what this could be and what I might do for her.

She reads a lot and does word searches. Her eyesight is very important to her. Its one of the few things she has left!

Thanks you guys!

~Mama to Many~

Replied by Tessa
Okanagan
09/25/2020

Hi Mama to Many -

I have a few ideas that may help.

Is your mother-in-law taking B12 supplements? A deficiency in B12 (common in older folks) can sometimes result in blurry vision. A liquid B12 (spray or drops) would be easily assimilated.

The other supplements I would look into for eye health would be Vitamin A (not beta carotene because some people can't convert it to Vitamin A - especially those with hypothyroidism), a good fish oil, B-Complex along with the B12, zinc, lutein and zeaxanthin, Vitamin E and Vitamin C.

Special supplements formulated for eye health would have most of these.

The other thing would be warm compresses - that may help with the itchiness. There are eye masques (Amazon has them) that emit gentle heat (used mostly for dry eyes) but it might relax the eye and help with the blurriness.

I find using a humidifier daily helps with tired/sore eyes.

It sounds like your mother-in-law has had quite a few trials and tribulations but fortunately she is with her family to help her through them.

I've enjoyed your posts over the years, Mama to Many. They always are so kind and helpful.

I hope others on Earth Clinic can chime in with different answers for your mother-in-law. The answer must be out there ...

I wish you and your family all the best. Take care!

Replied by Madelyn
Idaho
09/25/2020

Hi Mama to Many,

I have had an irritated eye that would get red, itchy, and felt like something was stuck in my lower eyelid. I tried colloidal silver and a weak solution of Lugol's iodine. It somewhat helped but my eye still felt irritated and looked red. I put a big drop of castor oil in my eye and that did the trick! However, a couple of months later when the same eye bothered me again, I used the silver to make sure there was no infection, and followed up with the castor oil thinking it would solve the problem like last time. However this time it didn't work, and for several days my eye grew more itchy and red. I think it may have been an allergic reaction or something.

Anyway, my husband recommended I collect my morning urine (mid stream) and put that in my eye. He used it to clear up a bad case of pink eye in a day or 2. I collected my urine and soaked a cotton Q-tip bud in the urine, and then swiped it inside my eye. Felt so good that I then went ahead and used a dropper to put drops in my eye while pulling down the lower lid where I felt the most itch and burning. It complete eliminated all of the itching and irritation, and after an hour when I check again my eye was no longer red. I've now gotten in the habit of collecting my urine each morning in a little jar to have on hand “just in case! ” I ended up needing it again a few days ago... and as soon as the itch flared up in my eye (which I believe was because I put powder on my face- something I don't usually do unless I'm going somewhere for the day...) I applied the urine and it was sweet relief. I don't know if it will help with the blurry vision, but I certainly don't think it would hurt to try. I believe it's an old folk remedy.

Replied by Mama To Many
Tn
09/29/2020

Dear Tessa and Madelyn,

Thank you so much for taking time to reply and sharing suggestions!
I am going to try some things -- I will let you know if we get a resolution!

Thanks!
Love,

~Mama to Many~

Replied by Art
California
09/30/2020
680 posts

MtoM,

The fact that the colloidal silver clears it with one application and then it comes back, suggests that continued applications are needed. Remember, CS acts similarly to a broad spectrum antibiotic and whenever a doctor puts you on an antibiotic regimen, it is never for just one pill or one day, it is for a full series and in this sense CS and antibiotics are similar. CS is potent, but not that potent that it can knock it out in just one or two treatments and each time you do a single one dose treatment you run the risk of the pathogen developing resistance to CS.

Many people think that pathogens can not develop resistance to CS, but there are already bacteria known to be resistant to CS.

Art

Replied by Dee
California
09/30/2020

Hi Mama,

You may consider giving "Ancestral Supplements" a try. You do not need to take the full 6 capsules, I am doing 2 caps a day for the one I am using. It is not the cheapest product but sure is done the right way. They have a "like supports like" "nose to tail" approach to helping heal the body. They do have eyes. I and my fur kids are taking a supplement which is doing us well, even my CKD fur kid. You can go to their site which has a wealth of information, email with questions and you will get an answer back ( customer support is over the moon great) they also sell on Amazon. Something to check out. I wish I had known about them when a family member was in much need for this type nutrition. Hope you find the help you are looking for, where ever it may come from. Stay well.

Dee

Replied by Lisa
Hawaii
09/30/2020

I had some blurry eye problems, here is my 2 cents:

Colloidal silver kills most all pathogens but is flushed out in 15 minutes. Reapply every hour.

If she also has dementia then probably a systemic fungal issue along with other infections that are hidden. The first thing I would try is 1 to 10 drops of methylene blue, every morning. CHEAP!! It is sold as aquarium treatment use 2% drops. Very anti-fungal and very antioxidant, helped my vision when nothing else was working.

Careful, it stains everything.

Very messy if you spill it. and turns your mouth blue for about an hour. You will even get blue pee, not to worry it is not a problem. It should also help dramatically with her dementia.

Replied by Linda
Tx
09/30/2020

I get itchy red eyes each spring and fall. Nothing stops the itching, and I have tried dozens of remedies, but a cold cloth held on the eye off and on til itching stops. Hope this helps.

Replied by Ann
Arizona
09/30/2020

I got pink eye this year followed by an infection. For the infection I found this product on amazon with hypochlorous acid for eyelid cleaning - you can search. I don't think I can mention products here. Anyway it got rave reviews and cleared up the eye infection within days, got rid of the blurry gunk, and soothed the dry eye. I don't know if this will work w/your mom's condition but its worth looking into - very easy to use :)

Replied by Marinko
In
10/01/2020

Hi Mama.

She is 82 old with dementia? Sometimes is more important to take something out of the body then to bring something new . I started detoxing with Pure Cholestyramine powder and Psyllium husk fiber. Cholestyramine is good to bind Mold toxins. Dr Shoemaker-protocol for mold. Actually, isn't only Mold but also other toxins floating in your body( use of cosmetics, environmental crap etc).

My morning blurriness disappeared, even if I am dehydrated a little. Also my body is overloaded with heavy metals and Oxalate crystals which travel to eyes to( itchy eyes). I have enough material for new book. Dementia is sign that body is full with blockades because of toxins. Detoxing needs to be started when you are 20 years old.

In Germany now, 50-60% of people have some problems with detoxification genes, even if both parents have intact genes. Cholestyramine is nasty and expensive. Blend of seaweeds is better. Zeolite Clinoptilolite for metals. Only highest quality. Actually, blurry eyes symptom first disappear of all nastiest problems. Lymph massage and vibration plate 15-30 minutes. Non emergency and non preventive medicine doctors deserve place in hell.

Replied by Maria
Nv
10/01/2020
5 out of 5 stars

I have used colloidal silver (not gel) successfully for my family members' eye issues, as well as my pet's eyes issues for years. If you use it, make it a higher ppm like 30 or 40, and spray it on rather than drop it in. This way she can easily do it herself and it will not only cover the outside but get in the eye too. Once is not enough; you need to keep it up for about 3-4 days, about 3-4 times a day. If it's an a pathogen, it should be better within that time.

Replied by Madelyn
Idaho
10/02/2020

Dear Mama to Many,

I forgot to include another suggestion- cold tea bags. Brew a cup of black, green, or chamomile tea. Once cool, use the tea bag or refrigerate it in little plastic bag. Place the tea bag (make sure it's still plenty wet with tea) over the eye. Lay down with the bag over the eye for at least 10-15 minutes. Very soothing and can help rid of any infection or irritation.

Replied by Mama To Many
Tn
10/03/2020

Hi there!

I am so grateful for all of the responses! Thank you all! I have so many things to try and think about. I appreciate the time everyone has taken to give me ideas. I'll keep you posted!

Love,

~Mama to Many~


Eyebright Tincture

Posted by Lawrence (Colorado And S California) on 10/01/2020
5 out of 5 stars

I'm surprised no one has posted this, but my own left eye has been blurry now for a year or more.

I have tried several Holistic protocols, however, eye bright tincture has brought the best results.

In my case, I believe that the cataracts I was told I have (had! )were at least possibly caused by "trash" in my eye (left only). But after 60 to 65 drops two to three times a day of oral ingestion for about two months my cloudiness got worse. I assumed that I was detoxing that eye and after a few days OFF the Tincture, I noticed the cloudiness was diminishing.

I'm planning on a new vision exam and anticipate a result that says the Cataracts are dissipating.

I also believe that a good Grade of Fish Liver oil (one Tblsp/day will help cleanse the eyes.

Please keep in mind that trash build up in eyes doesn't occur overnight and it will NOT go away overnight either.

Best,

Larry


Sea Salt

Posted by Mountain Girl (Blairsville, Ga) on 10/04/2010
5 out of 5 stars

I've spent a fortune on eye drops especially the $300.00 prescription kind that is not available in generic. They help temporarily, but, I tried the sea salt in water and take a q-tip and dab a drop in the corner of each eye morning & night and by golly this has pretty much helped with the scratchy, blurry, feel like you got something in your eye feeling. I work at a computer & this of course dries yours and strains them also. But I can honestly say the sea salt & water drops have helped me in the last of couple of weeks. I was miserable, looked like I was crying or high on drugs all the time, but now, thank God, I feel better and do not have the blurry, gritty eyes now. Thanks EC.


Swollen Cornea

Posted by Calamity (New Albany, Indiana/usa) on 11/15/2010

I don't have a cure for anything, but I'm desperate to find one. Does anyone know of anything to speed up healing of swollen cornea after cataract surgery. Besides Acular and Pred Forte. My simple cataract surgery went wrong somehow and now I'm told I will just have to wait out the blurriness and "walking around in a fish bowl vision" till swelling goes down. I'm almost two weeks into post op and now half blind and going crazy! I wish I hadn't done it!

Vinpocetine

Posted by Cate (Australia) on 10/02/2020
5 out of 5 stars

Vinpocetine is one I can recently attest to for eyesight (thanks for that post the other week earthclinic).

I've only been taking one small tablet most days for the last week because my right eye weakens now and then. I usually step its performance back up using NAC and fish broth, but I heard such good things last time about Vinpocetine I thought I'd try it myself.

T'is fantastic. My mind is sharper, not that I was fogged-up before, but I don't drink coffee/caffeine; I'm feeling the sharpness of mind.

My eye wasn't *that* bad, but I always recognised things got blurrier when I hit the sugar or alcohol (just in that eye) which isn't often. I'm in my late 40's and read a LOT in dim light. (My eyes aren't ruined yet Mother! ) I don't wear glasses either because there is no need.

One single week and though not 100% (or 20/20 like the other eye) I'd say it's at least back up to 93%, having dropped to maybe 85% clarity. I could see through it well enough for fine print and in darkness etc., but there was a vague opaqueness around the periphery- that has absolutely gone.

The thing is- it has unmistakably improved the quality of vision.

(I also routinely take iodine and have plenty of fish/bone broth usually. Paleo/Mediterranean diet.)

Replied by Mary
K In Md
10/02/2020

For Cate: what amount of vinpocetine did you take and how many times a day?

Replied by Tessa
Okanagan
10/02/2020

Hi Cate -

Very interesting information about vinpocetine. I wasn't familiar with it at all and had to look it up. It's quite an amazing supplement!

http://www.fiteyes.com/blog/agnes-donnadieu/more-about-the-action-of-vinpocetine-and-glaucoma

Along with eye health, people have used it for tinnitus, brain fog, vertigo, anxiety ... the list goes on.

I'm going to pick some up at the health food store. I will start with 5 mg three times a day. I hope it will help with my eyesight and slight hearing problems.

Thank you for sharing!