Top Natural Remedies for Dry Eyes - Internal and External Applications

Castor Oil
Posted by Shruti (Virgina, USA) on 05/28/2013
5 out of 5 stars

I started having dry eyes suddenly since 2 months no diagnosis yet. I have tried everything from drops to warm compressions.. Started using castor oil 1 drop in each eye at bed time and WOW haven't had dry eyes since even if I skip a day I don't feel dry and don't need any drops either in the day time and my eyes are white white white. I saw this remedy online by some lady from Florida and I really want to thank her.

Castor Oil
Posted by Bess (Calgary, Alberta, Canada) on 05/24/2013

Hi Anonymouscat: Dr. Carolyn Dean (medical doctor, naturopath, acupuncturist, herbalist and much more) wrote an article called, The Eyes Have It. She recommends using castor oil for dry eyes.

http://drcarolyndean.com/2010/09/the-eyes-have-it/

Evidently Ayurvedic practitioners prescribe it. Many over-the-counter, as well as prescription eye medications contain castor oil as well.

In this article, Dr. Dean also tells you how to make your own cayenne remedy for the eyes (improves blood circulation and opens up tear ducts). I haven't been brave enough to try that yet! Hope you find the article interesting. Cheers, Bess


Castor Oil
Posted by Anonymouscat (Pdx, Or) on 05/24/2013

The research showed that castor oil caused Cytotoxicity which means is the quality of being toxic to cells and that other oils such as olive oil should be used in eye ointments. This is odd because at the ND told me to used castor oil pack on my abdomen for a small surgical scar so my thought is maybe on the skin but not safe for eyes.


Cod Liver Oil
Posted by Joy (San Diego, Ca) on 04/28/2013

Interesting post about Cod Liver OIL eithier you have a omega 3 defieciency or you are on the borderline or have anemia, because liver is recommended for iron deficiencies, and thyroid deficiencies can cause dry eyes even if your thyroid is on the verge of being low according to my ND you may very well be having and showing all effects of low thyroid! Anyhow the MD felt the high grade fish oils results are better and more effective.


Sauerkraut
Posted by Brandon (Chicago, Illinois) on 03/21/2013

I forgot to add that I eat about 4-6 heaping tablespoons of sauerkraut a day. (about 2 tablespoons with meals. I startout out eating about a teaspon - tablespoon and worked my way up. Sauerkraut is a raw food that we're not used to getting in our died, so you've got to slowly introduce it.


Sauerkraut
Posted by Brandon (Chicago, Illinois) on 03/21/2013
5 out of 5 stars

Sauerkraut REALLY works right away to help with dry eyes!! Make sure the kind you get is RAW, Live, Organic, Unheated, and Unpasteurized with no vinegar. Most health food stores carry this kind. It really works!

Castor Oil
Posted by Lisa (Las Vegas, Nv) on 03/03/2013

The oils you are using are not "sterile" which means that they are not pure enought to be intended for use in the eye BECAUSE the oils may be contaminated and that puts you at risk of infection which can lead to visual impairments, even blindness. May I suggest you investigate IPL, Intense Pulsed Light Therapy, to unclog the pores that secrete lubricants. IPL is not covered by insurance, and may cost about $350 per session.


Fish or Flax Seed Oil
Posted by Chickenlittle (Seattle, Wa) on 01/10/2013

DRY EYES: I have suffered with Dry eye for many years. Seen many top notch opthamogist one suggested [...] a steroid which decreases inflammation. Inflammation? That was a news to me. I researched and found that studies in Brazil using organic flax seed oil decrease of inflammation, decrease of intraocular pressure, it causes the release of fluids which is healing of dry eye.


Vitamins A, E
Posted by Kayla (La, Ca) on 12/12/2012

I noticed a dramatic change after three days, and then of course I cut down my dose of vitamin A & E to recommended dose after one week of a high dose. My doctor told me NOT to ever use vaseline petroleum jelly around my eyes becaue of the petroleum is not safe. So I mixed castor oil, coconut oil and aloe vera oil together and put that around my eyes. Aloe Vera oil is a wonderful and miraculous healing oil, try it out.


Castor Oil
Posted by Bob A (Mcdonough, Georgia, Usa) on 09/25/2012
5 out of 5 stars

[YEA] I was unable to drive or even walk due to "dry eye" syndrome caused by a "heavy pollen season"' here in Georgia, USA. I was told to treat it with "gel" eye drops every 2 hours, costing $10 for a tiny bottle. After 7 weeks and NO improvement in my sight, my brother suggested I try a home remedy.

I tried 2 drops of cold pressed, cold processed castor oil every night in an 8-oz bottle. The thick, oozy liquid felt like molasses, but the next day I received a pleasant surprise: I could see better than I had in days! Every day improved, until by the 10th day, my eyes were healed- and the "dry eye" never returned! I cancelled my eye doctor visits and never went back. Never once did I notice the slightest side effect.

The 8-oz bottle of good castor oil costs only $7, with enough product to treat 1000 eyes! Just have a little faith in Earth Clinic. I do!

Castor Oil
Posted by Mike (Raleigh, Nc) on 09/17/2012
5 out of 5 stars

I'm 57 and have suffered with eyes that are 'glued' shut every morning for the last two years. If I open one before soaking it in saline, it tears the cornea and takes about two days to heal. I've tried every eye drop and also wake up two or three times per night to wet them. Strange but I have no significant daytime issues with dryness.

After reading this post, I went to Whole Foods and bought cold pressed Castor Oil. I dropped one drop in each eye before bed time and woke up to a completely rested and lubricated eye. I can't believe it. Only a sample of one so far but I had to post this. I'll update as I progress.

Castor Oil
Posted by Meowy (Sd, Ca) on 09/04/2012
5 out of 5 stars

I bought castor oil and it did not work it made my eyes, red irritated sensitive, the oil itself felt slightly gritty to me. Few month later my ND suggested I buy a bottle of castor oil for massage on my abdomen. I bought a large bottle and this particular castor oil seemed smooth, thick and not gritty (Homehealth) I decided to try a drop in my eyes and it worked without any side effects! Please note all Organic Cold Pressed Castor Oils are not the same.


Eliminating Wheat
Posted by Ira (Rijswijk, The Netherlands) on 07/14/2012
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Dear all, I suffered 3 years from dry eyes and I've tried everything: doctors, fish oil, flaxseed oil. The fish oil and flaxseed oil reduced the dry eyes, but I had to take 4 capsulas daily. I also suffered from puffy eyes with dark circles and somewhere else on this site I found that dark circles could be caused by eating bread (wheat, gluten). It was advised to stop eating wheat. I stopped eating bread and within 1 week my puffy eyes were gone, but also my dry, gritty eyes!

Now, when I exceptionally eat a bread roll, immediately my eyes start to itch and get red, so it is very clear for me that it is caused by eating wheat, because of the gluten. Many people have a gluten intolerance which they don't know.

If you've tried everything, try to stop eating wheat.

Goodluck!


Cod Liver Oil
Posted by Suzeaa (Nashua, Nh) on 07/04/2012
5 out of 5 stars

I have both Sjogrens and lupus, and my eyes were so dry I could barely open them. They were also so sensitive to light it was dangerous to drive. I work with a computer all day, and that certainly doesn't help. My eye doctor suggested Restasis, but I wanted to try a more holistic approach. OTC eye drops only worked for a short time, and made my vision blurry for 30 minutes after.

So I came here and read about using Castor Oil on the lids at night. Well, I didn't have any Castor Oil but I did have a high quality Cod Liver oil, so I opened a gel cap and spread the oil on my eyelids (and my dry elbows) before bed time to give it a try. The very next morning my eyes felt soooo much better! WOW! And it lasts all day. I didn't even need the eye drops. What a Godsend! I skipped a night the other day and my eyes felt much drier that day, so now I don't skip a night. Been doing it for two weeks now, and feel so much better, and my eyes aren't red anymore, either. Thank you!!!

Fenugreek
Posted by Ken (Santa Barbara, California) on 06/04/2012
5 out of 5 stars

Dry Eyes: An infusion of 1/2 teaspoon of fenugreek seed soaked in half a cup of boiled water till the water is tepid and then two or three drops every four hours or so remedied the problem. Make a new batch each day and don't use the drops within an hour of going to sleep.


Grape Seed Oil
Posted by M_mtz (El Centro, Ca, USA) on 06/03/2012

Hi Francisca- Dying to know if that GSO help you any? I've continued to use it and it's been well over a year and notices some changes. Besides completely clearing my dry eye problem, I use it after my morning shower and now my feet have never been softer! I don't even put it on my feet as I'm afraid of slipping but I guess it has traveled from ingesting or whatever and my formerly dinosaur feet are now almost as soft as my hands and they have never been like that! Also notice my thyroid glands on my right side which were slightly swollen, have very slowly started to feel less so. Also, I'm a big girl, 52 and just went to have lab work and could not believe almost all my levels were perfect. Never had such good lab results! Will continue use and report back! Cheers All!! In Good Health, Martha


Vitamin B12
Posted by Judy (N. Richland Hills, Tx) on 04/27/2012

This is a comment about dry eyes, not vitamin B12.

I hope any of you who are thinking about drinking a salt or baking soda and water mixture for dry eyes will check thier blood pressure first. Never a good idea to add more salt to your diet on a regular basis.


Vitamins A, E
Posted by Mihai (Ploiesti, Romania) on 03/03/2012

Quick question: did you continue to take the vitamins the next two days after that first night or did you stop?


Castor Oil
Posted by Jennywren (Perth, Western Australia) on 02/26/2012
1 out of 5 stars

Well snap, a few days after starting to put castor oil in my eyes I got conjunctivitis! They had been red and swollen for a few mornings (I'd put them in my eyes before bedtime) and then one morning I couldn't open my eyes has they had gummed together and were a red raw mess! Yep, looked it up and apparently castor oil contains a natural toxin called ricin than can cause conjunctivitis. A few drops of colloidal silver and it went away after a couple of days. Onto another oil methinks!

Castor Oil
Posted by Marie2mil (Greenwith, South Australia, Australia) on 02/26/2012

Absolutely agree with using your own Urine for sore eyes. Had sore and dry eyes for a couple of years. Got drops from the Doctor, would be all good while using then as soon as I stopped soreness and sometimes morning gumminess would continue, read about using Urine and gave it a whirl, fantastic and soothing. Also use it to clear stuffy nose. Just capture some mid-stream in a cup and use a cotton ball and drip in a couple of drops. Occasionaly it stings depending on what has been consumed previously but stinging goes pretty quickly. Commercial eye drops sting sometimes as well. I use urine daily now, easy and free, my eyes are no longer dry, sore or murky looking.


Urine
Posted by Louwrence (Rustenburg, North West South Africa) on 02/22/2012
5 out of 5 stars

To anybody with painful and dry eyes, the best remedy is your own urine drops, virtual instant relief & anybody who says ugh, just suffer in silence because it works.


Olive Oil
Posted by Francisca (Zug, Switzerland) on 02/21/2012

Wow, do you really use Olive Oil in the eyes? Do you mean the Extra Virgin type? I would be afraid to put it in my eyes because if you try a little spoon full the taste is quite acid. Do you mean the very green one (Extra Virgin) or the lighter kind? If I ever try maybe I first rub it on one eye to see how it goes, not directly in both in case something goes badly wrong!

As far as Castor Oil goes from what I have heard a lot of lubricants for dry eyes contain Castor Oil, so I don't know! My eyes got swollen every time I rubbed them with Castor Oil and let a bit go inside. They felt moist but the next day they were very swollen so that can't be a good thing! I tried two different brands of cold pressed from the health food store, not just any Castor oil but my husband says that in Britain there is pharmacy quality Castor Oil which might be better than the cosmetic one!


Olive Oil
Posted by Francisca (Zug, Switzerland) on 02/21/2012

Hi Jenny, do you put a drop of EVCO in your eyes? Do you know something that hasn't helped me? Maybe first flaxseed oil (although the contact lenses specialist said I should take only one capsule I took two because one didn't seem to make a difference and anyway on the bottle I think that they said you could take till four! ). Maybe also the Vit. D3 I took at the time because now, a few months later my eyes were getting dry again especially during the night. And something else that helps me is a eyewash with either cold mineral water out of the fridge or with very weak herbal tea like elder or chamomile, also very cold. My eyes are now quite normal after having been terribly dry especially during the night. I took 100. 000 IU of vitamin D3 in one go which they advise for 3 months. We are leaving for France on Thursday and I am going to try to buy it again, providing I find a pharmacy that sells it without prescription! I also think that the Vit. D makes a big difference in my backpain!


Olive Oil
Posted by Jennywren (Perth, Western Australia, Australia) on 02/20/2012

Thanks for that Southerbelle. I've just started using cold-pressed castor oil for eyedrops and haven't found it has made too much of a difference (other than greasy eyes! ). Will give my EVOO in the cupboard a go instead!


Fish or Flax Seed Oil
Posted by Miguel (Winnipeg, Manitoba) on 02/20/2012

Definitely avoid coffee, however I do find that camomile tea works amazing to fix dry eyes.


Olive Oil
Posted by Southernbelle (Richmond, Virginia, United States) on 02/19/2012
5 out of 5 stars

I see that quite a few people have been using castor oil for their dry eyes, but has anyone seen this study (link below) that was done about the effects of various oils on the eyes? It found that castor oil was CYTOTOXIC to conjunctival cells..... I personally have been using organic cold-pressed olive oil for my dry eyes for several years with good results.... I just use an eyedropper to put 12 drops of the olive oil in each eye at bedtime and I can wear my contacts ALL DAY with no problems.... Again, to everyone using castor oil in their eyes, please click on the link below and read...!!

www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

Castor Oil
Posted by Francisca (Zug, Switzerland) on 02/14/2012

Mary, basically the young lady says one should put two drops of castor oil in each eye. I don't have a dropper but I tried a few times to put some castor oil on my eye lid and let it go inside as well but each time I woke up with swollen eyes. Didn't this happen to you? I tried two different brands of Castor oil from the health food shop. When I use the vitamin A cream the doctor prescribed or Bepanthene for the eyes this doesn't happen. Actually my eyes were a lot better but now they are a bit dry again, maybe because I stopped taking the lin seed oil capsules. I am now trying the Krill oil advised here but so far no luck! Maybe I go back to the lin seed oil which was advised to me by a contact lense specialist in an Eye Hospital. After a little while I had no more problems with my contact lenses and needed no cream during the night at all! Even with a humidifier on a regular basis my eyes are now feeling dry again!


Castor Oil
Posted by Mary (Richmond, Va) on 02/13/2012
5 out of 5 stars

I was on a web site and some folks were talking about castor oil for the eye. I went to youtube and saw the woman describing how you do it. So, I decided to get me some castor oil and try it. Now, just to preface, I am 57 and have been have some kind of eye problem (dry, twitch, pressure, etc. For over 30 years. In one night, my eyes feel better than they have in years. For one, they are not rolling around in pain anymore. I usually am twisting them all day. As a teacher, this makes it really difficult to focus on reading out loud, etc. Now, I am mad. Mad at all the doctors who could never suggest something so simple. I am my best physician.

Castor Oil rocks!
Mary

Fish or Flax Seed Oil
Posted by Francisca (Zug, Switzerland) on 01/11/2012

I too suffered from dry eyes for the first time in my life. It was awful as it prevented me from wearing my contact lenses too long and I hate glasses but foremost because my eyes became so dry during the night that they felt awful! In the meanwhile my mouth also started to feel very dry during the night. I really felt like my health was going down hill! Someone here suggested that I be tested for Sjogren's, which frightened me to death but luckily I didn't have it. Then I went to a specialized eye hospital and also an ophtalmologist. They gave me eye creams and that helped but I thought that I would have this problem for the rest of my life! A contact lense specialist advised and sold me two bottles of flaxseed oil. I also changed my contact lenses for the more expensive bi-monthly ones instead of the monthly ones. Little by little I got better but what did I discover now? I had also changed the liquid for my contact lenses and even if it didn't work right away noticeably with the time it did work.

Lately my eyes were a lot better, I don't need any cream during the night and I went back to wearing my lenses every day, even the old monthly ones without a problem but..... My new liquid finished and I went back to the last bottle of my old one (still within the date and hadn't been opened before). Surprise, surprise, right the first time my eyes burned a bit when I put the lenses in and my eyes started to get irritated again as soon as I took the lenses out, especially if I washed my face and rubbed my eyes while drying it. I bought the new liquid again and my eyes are well! Funny enough I had always used cheaper liquids which I always bought at the opticians so one expects the quality to be reasonable. Maybe I was just allergic to this brand.

Bottom line... Never buy several bottle of something you haven't tried! I used two of them, they caused my eyes a lot of problems and the last one I will just throw away! I am thrilled my eyes are normal again and so is my mouth, no more dryness during the night. No idea why it was affecting my mouth too but I could hardly sleep because I would wake up with a very dry mouth and throat. One thing that helped my mouth was to take a bit of Celtic salt instead of water! Weird but true! I also think that due to the problem in my eyes I started to drink more making me even more dehydrated so the more I drank the more problems I had!


Fish or Flax Seed Oil
Posted by Satisfied (Gaithersburg, Md, Usa) on 01/10/2012
5 out of 5 stars

Fish oil by mouth (orally) 1000 mg morning and 1000 mg bedtime. Took almost 5 weeks to take effect for me. Nothing else worked--tried them all.

Fish or Flax Seed Oil
Posted by Grandmah (Long Island, Ny, Usa) on 01/08/2012
5 out of 5 stars

Since I have been taking Omega super krill I do not have dry eyes.



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