Top Natural Remedies for Dry Eyes - Internal and External Applications

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Posted by Rhonda (Lakewood, Ca) on 06/13/2015
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After trying the cures suggested on EC, I had to take the time to report how well they worked. My eyes first started tearing so much, it looked and felt like I was crying. My vision was blurry and the skin around was irritated. Then they started to feel like I had something in them so I went to the eye doctor thinking I had pink eye but the doctor said no and gave me some antibiotic drops since I insisted. They continued to get progressively worse. I started feeling pressure behind my eyes and they became sensitive to light and weren't focusing properly. I went to a different eye doctor who ruled out glaucoma and gave me more eye drops and a diagnosis of dry eyes. He said it was due to age and that I would have this condition from now on. The drops barely gave me any relief. I was very concerned about the future of my eyes.

Fortunately, I knew about EC and decided to give it a try. I used the remedies that were most accessible before going to bed: aloe vera and castor oil on eyelids, oil pulling, and honey inside bottom lid plus I drank a little apple cider vinegar.

The next morning, improvements were noticeable! Each day they continue to improve. The sun doesn't bother me. Computer and cell phone glare doesn't bother me. They get a little moist at times but no more tears or conjunctivitis symptoms and the pressure behind my eyes is gone. They occasionally do get a little dry and that seems to make them blurry when I'm reading and I wake up with one dry eye but that one was worse off to begin with.

I will try some of the other remedies if it continues. I didn't expect the remedies to work but desperate enough to try and I am glad that I did. Thank you posters and bless you for helping others like me.


Multiple Remedies
Posted by Jamie (Australia) on 10/05/2014

I have been cured of dry eyes now for several years. As a disease, it can really mess with your life. Physically, emotionally, even socially, it can be very distressing.

As others have mentioned here, natural cures for dry eyes can include fish oils, drinking more water, reducing caffeinated beverages and more.

My solution for dry eyes included some of the above plus the following which are key:

- balanced hormones. There are plenty of studies that point to imbalances between key hormones leading to meibomian and lacrimal gland dysfunctions. Menopausal women are especially susceptible to this.

- a balanced, whole foods diet. Cut the processed foods, add a detox. It works very well if you can stick to it.

- Vitamin C + magnesium. Again, studies and Opthalmology reports indicate Vitamin C is very beneficial and magnesium is not only of benefit to eye health but also a lot of Naturopaths secret weapon.

Replied by Prioris
(Fl, US)
10/06/2014

We need to specify which component on vitamin C addresses a specific health condition since there are many vitamin C supplements that are very narrow in their active forms.

Someone will say that vitamin C works for this or that condition. Another person may try vitamin C and it doesn't work. But we wouldn't be able to know if the vitamin C was the same complex.

Or maybe we need to start saying "Vitamin C Complex" instead of just "vitamin C".

As Bill pointed out - Vitamin C is not ascorbic Acid.

Replied by Earthling
(Usa)
10/06/2014

Priorus,

The Vitamin C I take is a complex, but it says that the C portion is ascorbic acid. It also has Rutin and lemon bioflavanoid complex. Is this C complex worth taking, or would I be better off with something else? Thanks!

P.S. I'm taking it hoping for some joint pain relief. My immune system is pretty strong; I go years without a cold, so unlike many people, I'm not taking it for immune support.

Replied by Prioris
(Fl, US)
10/07/2014

How old are you and what kind of joint pain is it ?

Unless injured, joint pain means you have an infection.

As an aside, I have had ME/CFS since very young. I have an upregulated immune system. I rarely got colds but had many internal infections.

That vitamin C should be OK but you may have to test many things to see what works.

There are many things to try for joint pain

Look into

1200 GDU ENTERIC Bromelain capsules.

Biocell

Replied by Ana
(New York)
05/21/2017
15 posts

Thanks for posting all that.


Multiple Remedies
Posted by Elodie (Melbourne) on 08/18/2014
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Please help! I just recovered from a bad case of conjunctivitis for which I used green tea bags. The conjunctivitis disappeared but now I have an extreme case of dry eyes- every morning I am literally having to peel them open. I suspect that the caffeine in the green tea has dehydrated them. I have been using some homeopathic eye drops for dry eyes but these have made no difference, and I have tried aloe (no difference) and flax, coconut oils. I am freaking out that I have caused irreversible damage. I do tend towards dry eyes but this is just unbearable. Any advice would be welcome! Thank you.

Replied by Mmsg
(Somewhere, Europe)
08/19/2014

Elodie, read up on Castor Oil.

Replied by Om
(Hope, Bc Canada)
08/19/2014

Elodie (Melbourne) dear Elodie, read up on Palma Christie which is a website on Edgar Cayce's healing remedies. Use it just to improve dry eyes and eyesight. My two dogs who are older have dry eyes. One of them has now shiny eyes and with time it will reverse cataracts or at least stop progression. On EC people have reversed cataracts but that takes about three years sometimes. Five days on, two days off. I also read that it favours eyelash lengthening. Put on the eyes it helps with deep sleep. Cold pressed castor oil is very good for aging skin and many conditions that is why it is called Palma Christi. Namaste Om

Replied by KT
(Usa)
08/19/2014

Hi Elodie, Diet has a lot to do with the problem of dry eyes. To make a very long story short of my experiences and what I have learned, spinach is the answer, but not raw. The best is the canned, without salt. That opposes what the majority are pushing but I used to wear contacts and eating that spinach helped promote the lubricant tears in my eyes. At the same time I was in the process of learning about hidden sources of MSG so I had been weeding those out of my diet too. The flowing agent in table salt is one. I use sea salt. Hope this helps you.


Nettles

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Posted by Kerri (Fl) on 02/14/2024
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Ever since covid, I have had regular issues with my eyes being red and dry and burning. Several visits to the eye Dr were not much help. All they say is looks like maybe an allergic reaction. I've never had allergies before and it's interesting that the first time this issue started, I ended up with covid two days later. But NETTLES have come to the rescue. I take 2 capsules as soon as I notice symptoms and my eyes are relieved very quickly. So far I haven't taken them more than once per day, but I may do that soon. Anyone else out there with lots of eye problems that started during the "covid" years?


Oil Pulling

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Posted by Kayle (San Diego) on 11/26/2016
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I saw 7 doctors for dry, inflamed, red, itchy eyes. Total waste of $ and time as usual. My dry eyes were really bad at night I had to wake up several times a night and use drops. I read about oil pulling and that you should do it longer for severe cases. I considered my case severe.

I mixed 1 big teaspoon of organic virgin coconut oil and 3 drops of oregano oil together. I oil pulled for 45 minutes a night and sometime I would do it twice a day. I also started alkalizing twice a day (squeezed lemon juice, baking soda in glass of water).

Oil pulling naturally CURED my red, severe dry itchy eyes, and my brain fog is gone as well something seven doctor could not cure!


Oil Pulling
Posted by Maryann (Springfield, Ma) on 03/19/2010
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Hurray for this website!!! I have been bothered by "Dry Eyes" for YEARS! Yesterday I happened upon your oil pulling remedy and figured "oh, well, it can't hurt to try". I used the only oil I had on had which was a homemade blend I make for my skin of sweet almond and grapeseed. Within 20 minutes of using the treatment you suggested I was SHOCKED to feel relief from it. I have been using over the counter eye drops all day long everyday for years. Yesterday after your remedy I didn't use any and I still haven't used any in over 24 hours!!! Thank you!!! Talk about FAST RELIEF!! I am thrilled!


Oil Pulling
Posted by Laura (Honolulu , HI) on 03/19/2009
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I have chronic dry eye- it really stinks. I seem to have itchy eyes all the time, discharge when I wake up, and wearing my contacts all day is near impossible. I'm pretty sure wearing contacts for the last 10 years has done a number on my eyes and the lubrication. To help calm to itchiness I wash my eyes with a tiny bit of baby shampoo in the shower each day. Oil pulling also helps keep my eyes more lubricated so that my contacts don't get cloudy and stuff.. It seems to be helping so far- I'm about 3 days in. Try it!

Replied by candy
(Fort Madison, iA)
03/19/2009

you might also try taking a fish oil supplement. or cod liver oil. i've read that really helps with this.


Oil Pulling
Posted by Liberty (Greeley, CO) on 09/08/2008
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If I eat too much sugar (candy, sweets, etc) I can expect to have dry eyes when I wake up the next morning. I have been using oil pulling for around 3 years now off and on. I have been able to use the oil pulling to eliminate the dry eyes and it does so quickly. It seems that it also helps clear the sugar from my system faster. I have used olive oil and sunflower oil. Olive oil does work but sunflower does seem to be better. Oil pulling has helped with several other things also. I use 2 teaspoons (1 Tablespoon was too much for me). I follow the recommended procedure and rinse w/ peroxide/water mixed 50/50.


Oil Pulling
Posted by Charlotte (Marietta, GA) on 03/29/2008
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Oil pulling helped my dry eyes and stopped up nose. I have been doing oil pulling for 6 months now.I usually have a glass of lemon water but no food first thing in the morning. Then I use about a tsp of organic sunflower oil and "pull" for about 15-20 min. Then I brush my teeth and start my day.I used to have very dry eyes especially when wearing my contacts and my nose got stopped up easily depending on what I was eating. Now I don't have trouble with either one of those things. However when I stopped pulling the symptoms reappeared, so I am back to pulling every morning and just know it is a part of my routine. While pulling, I read my email, feed my pets, fix my tea and I'm done. The benefits are great and it becomes a habit when you fit it into your routine. This web site is so great!! Thanks!

Replied by Shelley37
(Windsor, Ontario)
08/07/2009

I read on the site about people oil pulling related to their dry eyes. What exactly is oil pulling. I really need some help. Thanks

EC: A fast and easy way to find information is to type "Oil Pulling" into our search box!

https://www.earthclinic.com/remedies/oil_pulling.html


Olive Oil

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Posted by Southernbelle (Richmond, Virginia, United States) on 02/19/2012
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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

Replied by Jennywren
(Perth, Western Australia, Australia)
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!

Replied by Francisca
(Zug, Switzerland)
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!

Replied by Francisca
(Zug, Switzerland)
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!

Naraya
(Uk Essex)
07/07/2021

Yes, I found that using castor oil in the eyes made mine swell too,so I have stopped it. I haven't tried the olive oil (I do use it for any problems with ears) but having problems with my eyes right now so will give it a go - thanks👍


Palmitoeic Acid

Posted by Prioris (Fl, Usa) on 09/19/2014

The active ingredient in Sea Buckthorne oil is Palmitoleic Acid(PA) or Omega 7. Primeval seems to be one of the few brands with at least 50% or more of PA in each capsule. Other brands contain just 33% to 35%.

Since taking this brand, my chronic dry eyes are no more. It can work pretty quick also. My eyes seem more comfortable.

I have also seen a few positive reports on blepharitis also.

Palmitoleic Acid (Omega 7) seems to address a broad range of problems. They have a medical test that measures inflammation in body called CRP. In studies, it cut the value of CRP in half. Anecdotal reports suggest it has broad ranging effect on body.

It should be experimented on any problem which involves dryness.


Potassium

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Posted by HisJewel (New York) on 12/03/2022
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Potassium supplementation for Dry Eyes

If you have had to deal with any of the COVD colds these past few years check with the doctor to find out if your potassium level is up to par. Besides Vitamin C and Melatonin, Potassium was one of the earlier supplements that helped people recover from COVD. From what I understood that condition used up or drained the body's potassium.

I am adding this thought on potassium because lately I have been trying keep up with the daily recommendation for Potassium. Articles say 3,500–4,700 mg of potassium daily and that it is safer when taken in foods. This really is not hard if you love banana, spinach, prunes etc. . However, knowing that I do not have enough potassium rich foods on hand, I take potassium supplements. I noticed that when I wake up in the morning, my eyes feel much more normal. In fact, sometimes I forget it has been sticking.

I could not find much information to verify this, but what I did come up with is in this post. I found a post from PubMed that incudes what tears are made of in this statement"

"Methods: The model is based on mass balances of water and solutes such as glucose, sodium, potassium, and chloride."

Check it out the PubMed Article:

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/17453939/

Here is an article about potassium Deficiency and dry eyes:

https://healthfully.com/347415-potassium-deficiency-and-dry-eyes.html

I have always been concerned about seniors, and now that I am one, I see and feel what they are saying.

HisJewel


Sauerkraut

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Posted by Danny (Los Angeles, Ca) on 10/22/2014
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I've discovered that my dry eyes are hardly dry at all when I wake up in the morning as long as I eat Raw Sauerkraut. It has to be the Raw Sauerkraut form, not the regular kind you but at the supermarket. That kind can increase yeast, the raw kind actually helps to kill yeast. Raw Sauerkraut can be bought at health food stores and farms.


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

Replied by Brandon
(Chicago, Illinois)
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.


Supplements

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Posted by Rexreid1111 (Sarasota, Fl, Usa) on 10/17/2016
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I work in moms nutrition store every now and then. I just heard a good testimony so I'm posting it. There is a supplement "Eye formula" that you take internally that helps relieve dry eyes rather quickly. Ingredients in the "Eye formula" are: omega 3 (70% better absorbed then regular fish oil), lutein, zeaxanthin, astaxanathin, blueberry extract, grape seed extract).



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