Natural Remedies for Pink Eye

| Modified on Sep 28, 2021

Lemon Juice
Posted by Rob (Kentucky) on 08/22/2021
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I have been struggling with eye goop and mucus behind my eyelids. The forest fires in California have made the air quality here terrible along with seasonal allergies.

Victorian era women believed diluted lemon juice eye drops kept their eyes clean and bright and clear of infection.

This has helped a lot in a very short time.

* Put 5 - 10 drops of fresh lemon juice (start with 5 drops - adjust to tolerance) and ½ oz distilled saline water or boiled water that is cooled.

* Mix them well.

* Make use of an eye-dropper and put several drops into your eyes. Repeat several times daily. Make a new batch daily.

Posted by Redducky1 (Ohio) on 06/11/2021
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I've had pink eye 3xs in the last 6 months. Mostly due to using an old eye liner pencil. The first time I didn't know what caused it. The 2nd time I figured it out. The third time was because an eye liner ordered from Amazon may have sat in a warehouse too long.

Anyway, I've tried the Apple cider vinegar, which usually works on most maladies. But it took longer than the iodine remedy did, so I've been using the Povidone iodine. About 20 drops in 2 oz of distilled water. Wet cotton ball with the solution and wipe over eyes so that it gets into the eyes and at the root of the lashes. It doesn't hurt. It may feel odd for a few minutes. But I use it every 3 hrs for 2 days and it completely clears up the infection.

Lugol’s Iodine 2%
Posted by Rob (Kentucky ) on 05/05/2021
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Lugol's Iodine 2% for Eye Infections

I am using homemade eye drops. I use Lugol's 2% Iodine (some recipes use 5%) and mix in 4 drops in a 1 oz dropper bottle with filtered distilled water and sea salt (filtered spring water can also work). I use these drops every morning and my eyes feel great. They feel a little weird for about 10 minutes after doing the drops but that goes away. This remedy is also good for dry eyes, weepy eyes, eye infections, and allergies that affect your eyes. If you are going to start making your own, start with 2 drops Lugol's dilution ratio and work up to 4 drops dilution ratio.

Iodine is by far the best antibiotic, antiviral and antiseptic of all time - Dr. David Derry

Iodine kills bacteria, viruses, fungi, protozoa, and even spores of bacteria and fungi, including anthra spores. Iodine was used successfully against influenza, herpes, small pox, and chicken pox viruses. Kills parasites, bacteria, mold, yeast, protozoa, viruses--essentially all pathogens including malaria, E. coli, and Staphylococcus. When iodine was suspended in a solution, viral inactivation occurred at dilutions of 1/1,000,000. (Gershenfeld, L.: Iodine. In Disinfection, Sterilization, and Preservation. Edited by S. S. Block. Philadelphia, Les & Febiger, 1977, pp.196-218.)

Posted by Mar (Mexico) on 05/20/2020
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Urine for pinkeye, conjunctivitis I had a recurrent eye infection, not too bad, but every morning some crusties in eyes, not normal in me. So I tried my usual remedy, cotton balls soaked in warm green tea and chamomile tea on my eyes, letting some tea into my eyes as well. That had always done the trick. This time though, the infection kept coming back. I was getting used to having it. Then I asked my women's group for advice and three of them recommended urine! They had used it and it had worked wonders, so I decided to give it a shot. At night I collected my urine in a plastic cup and poured it in my eyes, over the sink, as if my eyes were "drinking" from the cup. I rinsed my face but not my eyes. Went to sleep and next morning, no crusties! I repeated the procedure in the morning and will repeat tonight, to make sure.

Lemon Juice With Salt
Posted by Sanjay Mehta (Ahmedabad, India) on 12/07/2018
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Lemon juice with added salt is the surest way to beat conjunctivitis.

Often conjunctivitis flares up in humid weather and when you move outdoors, your eyes start getting sticky which is indication of infection trying to latch in. start rinsing eyes with a glassful of water with some lemon juice added. add more if infection is more. if eyes have started to pain, add salt to the water. you will find immediate relief. repeat it every few hours. absolutely no harm to the eyes. the infection is completely cured in a day or two.

I have been successful in keeping myself free from conjuntivitis for several years now, just by following the above method. it also makes sense to wash eyes, once in a while with lemon solution to keep them clean, even with no conjunctivitis.

Colloidal Silver
Posted by Tara Leigh (Los Angeles, Ca) on 11/26/2018

How did your eyes finally heal? What did you end up doing?

Holy Basil
Posted by Liberty (Phx, Az) on 11/25/2018
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I had a continually worsening eye irritation in both eyes for about 2wks. Once it progressed to continual blinking (I believe it's called blepharospasm), interference with my vision, and waking up with my eyes caked with goop, I decided to search earthclinic for a remedy. I decided on trying holy basil in my eyes, as shared by Sabiba from Morocco.

I made a tea with dry loose-leaf Holy Basil tea (Tulsi tea) and dripped it into my eyes. It stung at first, but it did bring quick relief after the initial sting. But it did not heal my eyes.

I then began to take 1000mg doses of powdered Vitamin C with vitamins and minerals added. By the 2nd day, I knew the C was healing my eyes and the blinking had almost completely discontinued. My eyesight has cleared up as well. I will continue the vit C for a few more days, maybe 5. I'm thankful that God guided me to using the Vitamin C because the only other thing that has helped this in the past has been a trip to my homeopathic dr and taking their remedies. This has saved me about $150.

ACV, Green Tea Bags, Honey
Posted by Ruralady (Illinois) on 11/06/2018
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This works! I took a makeup remover pad, cut it in half and soaked the half in this wonderful remedy and applied it to my eye for about 10min every 4hrs. I had to do this approx 4 times but I noticed relief after only 2x. Totally gone in one day with NO dr visit/antibiotics. Thanks!

Colloidal Silver
Posted by Sophie (Leicestershire) on 03/09/2018
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I had really bad conjunctivitis for over a month resulting in time off work, doctor prescribed me three different antibiotics and although they seemed to start working at first they never cleared it. Then I read about colloidal silver and decided to try it. A drop in each eye once in morning and once at night for first two days, then once at night only for a further two days and voila! It was basically clear after two days but still getting slightly sticky eyes in the morning so continued for two more days and I was cured!

Colloidal Silver
Posted by Lily210123 (Michigan) on 02/09/2018

Yeah, you used way too much - one drop of 10ppm every three hours is what you do.

Colloidal Silver
Posted by John R. (Lithia Sp, Georgia) on 02/01/2018

The infection was greater in that eye and the cs was killing it off so fast, that is what made the reaction. it is called the herxemer effect not sure if spelling is correct. I have had this effect in different parts of my body when cs startes to kill bacteria or virus off.

Coconut Oil
Posted by Art (California ) on 01/31/2018 935 posts

In reply to Sandy (San Francisco),

I tried coconut oil for dry eyes and for me it caused more irritation than the dry eye condition. I had better luck with oral black currant seed oil and borage oil.

Studies confirm that Hyaluronic Acid in the form of drops is also effective for dry eyes.

Castor oil is helpful also, but it tended to blur my vision a little when first applied, as did coconut oil.

As far as microbes, colloidal silver is frequently mentioned on EC and the web as being useful for that, but I have never tried it for that purpose. I would think if I was going to go for a moisturizer effect with an antimicrobial effect, I might consider colloidal silver with hyaluronic acid for myself, but I like to experiment!


Coconut Oil
Posted by Sandy (San Francisco) on 01/31/2018
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I use coconut oil on my skin and have heard virgin unrefined organic coconut oil is good in the eyes, a natural antiviral, antibiotic, antimicrobial. My problem is microbes, not pink eye, but this is the closest category here. My opthalmologist however said that the Ph level in the eye is naturally more acidic than elsewhere in the body and that coconut oil is a little too alkaline. I've heard enough success stories about using coconut oil short term that maybe it's no a big deal to most people. With my vulnerable corneas, I decided not to chance it. I do use it on the lids carefully and on my face, body and hair. Also, be careful if you wear any kind of contacts - oils degrade them.

Colloidal Silver
Posted by Bianca (Jacksonville Fl) on 07/17/2017

I have 250 ppm of CS.. is that safe to use for pink eye or how do I dilute to use in eye for pink eye?

Coconut Oil
Posted by Brenda (Riverside, California) on 03/03/2017
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I contacted pink eye/conjunctivitis in both eyes. I bought pure organic coconut oil and used my finger to put as much as I could from end to end in both my eyes, every 3-4 hours. The coconut oil takes away any itch and discomfort and soothes the eyes. The infection drained quickly. Every time I felt itching, I added more coconut oil to my eyes. Within 48 hours the infection completely cleared in both eyes, and my eyes returned to their normal size. I kept adding coconut oil every 8 hours the third day to make sure all is gone. Works well with dogs too. Wishing the best of health to everyone.

When to See A Doctor
Posted by Dianec (Southern California) on 01/27/2017

Pink eye can be dangerous!

Years ago in the late 1980's my 12 year old daughter woke up with pink eye. I tried tea bags on her pink eye problem but she could find no relief. So I took her to Urgent Care and the doctor there took a test and told me nothing was wrong and it would clear up on it's own. Well the pink eye continued and I ended up taking her to the hospital and an appointment was made with an Ophthalmologist. Turned out my daughter didn't have regular pink eye, what was going on was her body was attacking itself and was damaging her pupils! She had autoimmune disorder! If your pink eye problem doesn't clear up don't delay in going to a specialist! The doctors saved her eyesight but we went though hell thinking she could go blind!

Just wanted to share our story of pink eye.

Breast Milk
Posted by Jammergirl41 (Florida) on 01/19/2017
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I am a nursing mother and I use breastmilk for eye infections. Works the same way the goats milk does I imagine.

Colloidal Silver
Posted by Jordann (Leesburg, Florida) on 01/14/2017
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Hi there. I just recently bought colloidal silver for the treatment of my pink eye. It first started in my left eye about 4 days ago. I used some antibiotic drops left over from when my children had it just the week before. Woke up about yesterday with my right eye completely swollen and discharging. Couldn't afford to go to the doctor again so I bought some CS. I did my first dose, 2 drops in each eye, at 1:30 pm and it started clearing. Did a 2nd dose, again 2 drops each, at 4:30pm. Still fine. At about 7:45pm I did my final dose, and my right eye instantly swelled and became irritated, red, discharging again and was very painful. I'm wondering what I did wrong, or if I am having a reaction. I don't believe its a reaction necessarily because my left eye is fine. The ppm of the CS is 50.

Any advice on what to do? I really want to stop the spread of the pink eye as we have a very full house and its already made its way past my 2 children, myself and my nephew. So I'm trying to prevent it passing thru my husband, brother and niece. Should I discontinue the use of CS or is this normal? I've never used it before so any advice on what to do would be greatly appreciated.

-Thank you

Colloidal Silver
Posted by Albarod (Florida) on 12/19/2016 2 posts
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I also used colloidal silver hydroxyl for pink eye. It worked right away. Thank God for this site.

Black Tea Bag
Posted by Believer In Natural Cures (Illinois, Usa) on 11/28/2016
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Hot Tea Bag for Pink Eye

Howdy all, I have been using Earthclinic cures for 8 years, maybe more. I started with the teabags for pink eye. My children were youngsters then and had frequent pink eye bouts. It seems that its the heat from the tea bag compresses that kills the virus in the eyes. It needs to be hot but you want to be careful about burning the sensitive skin. I use the compresses 5-8x daily and use a new tea bag each time. We havnt had to get a prescription since finding this cure.

Blessings. I have pink eye right now lol and yup hot tea bags are my cure.

Castor Oil
Posted by Samantha (New York, Ny) on 10/28/2016

Jennywren, it's possible the castor oil actually drew out the symptoms from a virus or bacteria that was already in your eye, but luckily, there are many, other natural solutions here for you to try so that you don't have to use the castor oil again.

Apple Cide Vinegar
Posted by User123 (Nottingham, England) on 10/18/2016
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Having read through these pages a week ago and then again today I will offer a different opinion to what a lot of other people have said here. In particular I am wary of claims here that conjunctivits had been cured in "hours or days" due to the use of ACV.

I am on day 14 of acute keratoconjunctivitis (this is the viral version). It is now (very) slowly improving and the symptoms are starting to go away including the red eyes. I was told by the ophthalmologist that it will take a number of weeks for me to fully recover and as it is a virus like the common cold there is no cure for it, is is just a case of waiting for it to run it's course whilst trying to maintain comfort as much as possible.

Anyway, one week ago ago when my conjunctivitis was in full swing and I was more naive about such matters... I found this site and the claims that ACV with the mother was having positive effects on dealing with conjunctivitis. With an open mind I obtained a bottle and used it diluted but still with a bit of a sting, on my eyes, 3 - 4 times a day. I repeated this for about 5 - 6 days with the aim of the reduction of the red eye symptons and of some pain in my eyes. After a number of days it became obvious the ACV was not doing anything positive and so having seen no effect whatsoever I stopped use.

Thinking about it now I am not sure from a biological / medicine point of view what specifically in ACV is supposed to do to be effective against conjunctivitis. I am assuming its antibacterial proerties are considered to have a role in this... but would something with antibacterial properties help kill a virus?? I am aware of the very real health benefits of plants and so called alternative medicines and I will use them 100% every time in favour of modern medicine IF they provide me with benefits. However of all these people claiming ACV works, they can't all be wrong ... so I guess what works for one particular set of symptoms will not work for another similar but different set of symptons.

If you have conjunctivits I would suggest that you go and insist on seeing an OPHTHALMOLOGIST and insist on getting your eyes checked properly. In my case I first went to see a nurse at my local doctor surgery who was dismissive and not especially helpful. Then two days later when the symptons were significantly worse I went to see a doctor. The doctor was slightly more helpful but did not have the specialist tools or knowledge to make a particularly useful diagnosis other than a general comment about using eyedrops and it will go away after a few days.

It was only after I saw an ophthalmologist at the eye casualty and quite detailed study of my eyes that I was properly diagnosed with the problem that was one of the reasons I tried the ACV solution in the first place: I had as part of the conjunctivitis a "pseudomembrane" develop on all 4 of my inner lids and it was this that was causing excruciating pain when my eyes were closed for more than a few seconds. Anasthetic was dripped into my lids and each of these 4 pseudomembranes was surgically removed there and then. I was told to continue using liquid gel tablets as well as some anti viral eyedrops which I have already been using... I am told this will help with the keeping eyes closed and therefore sleeping, the other symptons of conjunctivitis will improve over time.

So.. that is my story. Feel free to try ACV anyway, it might work for you, it might not. Maybe you don't even have conjunctivitis after all, just a couple of the symptoms of it!