A Natural Remedy for Dry Eyes That Works A Treat!
(Santa Clara, CA)
I've been suffering from dry eyes for maybe 10 years now (I'm in my 50's). My eyes are fine during the day. Sometimes, when I wake up, I have a horrible, unbelievable pain in one eye. It's high up in the eye, not a result of having my eye open. I've seen a couple of eye doctors and both said it was dry eye. Eye drops are no help at all. They are after-the-fact and don't prevent it even if I use them right before bed. I take EFA's. I've tried hot packs over the eyes and castor oil on my eyelids. I recently started a supplement of bilberry & eyebright. This seems to have lessened the severity of the attacks but not ended them.
Any suggestions and home remedies would be much appreciated.
Hi Laura, and thank you for your question regarding natural treatments for dry eyes.
The best natural remedy for treating dry eyes is definitely castor oil. But there are a couple of things about this remedy you need to adhere to for it to be effective. Firstly, test this remedy out to begin with by placing a small amount of castor oil on the lower eye lids with a Q-tip then closing your eyes for 20-30 seconds to allow it to seep in. Do this for a week right before bedtime. If no adverse reactions occur and your eyes are feeling moistened then move up to placing two drops of castor oil in the corner of each eye before going to bed. You must make sure the castor oil you use is ONLY high grade pharmaceutical USP castor oil or organic cold pressed castor oil. These are the only types of castor oil that should be used. Here's one of the best brands on the market,
however, you can also get USP or A-grade castor oil from most pharmacies, homeopathic or health food stores.
Castor oil helps with just about any eye problem, including glaucoma and cataracts.
And don't be scared off by this remedy either. As long as you use high grade castor oil, you'll be fine. I suggest you take the time to read about people who have been helped by this powerful treatment here... Remedy for Dry Eyes.
It's worth it!
Hope this helps you Laura.
All the best,