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    Success with castor oil

    I've been applying castor oil to my eyelashes (some of it gets into my eyes) for several months and it really improves my dry eye. Applying it at night removes the morning dryness. Allergan pharmaceuticals has formulated a castor oil approach called Endura - so there's nothing to be afraid of, I suppose. I use cold pressed castor oil from health store.

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    Tried this

    Dear avee,

    I tried castor oil myself

    Found that it helps the skin on the outside of the eyelid and clears up anterior blepharitis, I notice it even regrows eye lashes itself but if it is unsterile, it is risky business.

    Oil has the potential to grow bacteria or infectious agents.

    This refresh endura has castor oil in it but its like .02 percent...not enough to cure or help dry eye in my opinion

    but eye docs and the companies who developed were only able to put it on the shelves because of one reason its STERILE.

    As for applying raw castor oil to the outside of the lids its risky business....due to the fact that the stuff you by from the store is not sterile, which if and when bacteria did get in the bottle and it seeped into your eye, you would be sorry cuz you could get a nasty eye infection.

    From now on I would suggest that you visit a homeopathic doctor who deals with a compounding pharmacy and have the doc to prescribe you some sterile castor oil from the compounding pharmacy.

    They would boil this oil at 300 degrees in an 1200 dollar pressurized autoclave killing any bacteria or bugs in it.

    when it would be shipped to your house you would need to keep it refrigerated.

    its way better than raw, and you dont risk getting a potentially blinding eye infection.

    Castor oil works, but even as for restasis...Im not sure if the toxic effects it has on the eye are a good thing....but maybe its the reaction that produces more tears....

    Never the less...you have found the solution to healing up the skin that has been abused due to dry eye...

    Oil helps

    I found that applying it after a shower...when the skin is dripping wet it locks in moisture in the skin healing it.

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    Thank you, Goeyes! I keep my oil refigerated but yes - I've never thought that I risk with infection.
    I didn't understand what you said about the toxic effect castor oil has on eye. I didn't know it's toxic... Could you explain it please.

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    toxic

    Yea I have heard some rumors that Castor oil has a toxic effect to the eyes....

    a lot of people report the sensation of burning and red eyes while using it
    especially most patients who use Restasis

    But for some reason it must be safe because it was FDA approved
    I dont think that it does surface damage to the eyes but it does seem to cause a reaction in some people, Ie. Burning and eye redness...

    I do wonder however though if this toxic effect is the main reason why it helps the eyes produce more tears, or the eye balls secrete more mucus from the conjuntivia because it is an irritant to mucus membranes...if i stand corrected. Thats why it works as a laxative when taken internally it irritates the mucosal lining of the large/small intestine causing it to spasm in waves...aka it makes you go to the bathroom lol

    well from where I stand Castor oil in no way can damage your eyes...it just causes burning and some eye redness...both of which can't damage the eye because the castor oil cannot destroy the cells of your eye like micro organisms do...aka bacteria, viruses, fungus, and mites....

    So like I said get some sterile castor oil from a compounding pharmacy and put it in the refrigerator and you should be safe from those.

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    I have also been using castor oil, and I have found that it helps. So far, I haven't had a problem with infection - I didn't realize this could be a problem. I mainly use along the top eye-lid, and probably a very small amount my seep into my eyes.

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    http://www.agingeye.net/dryeyes/overview.php
    I posted this link to somewhere else the other day, but it explains how the castor oil works - causes inflammation at first, but cures blepharitis over time. That's exactly how it's been working for me. C.O.is the only oily thing actually that I can put near my eyes. All other oils makes my eyes sore and red.

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    It's the only oil that works for me as well. There has been discussion in medical journals recently that olive oil may be better than castor oil, but I have had better success with the castor oil. If I accidentally miss a night where I don't apply it, my eyes are worse the next day.
    Also, castor oil is in Restasis as well as Endura. I order Endura drops from a Canadian pharmacy. Castor oil has been well-documented for many, many years as a remedy for dry eyes.

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    avee:

    Does castor oil also improve redness in eyes, after one week?

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    Quote Originally Posted by redandsensitive View Post
    avee:

    Does castor oil also improve redness in eyes, after one week?
    I'd like to know this aswel as i'd do anything for white eyes again!

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    This is the same idea as using an ointment in/on/or around the eyes. They are oil-based as well and many of us on here who use them can go all night and half of the day before needing drops. The only difference is the oils used - mineral oil and petrolatum instead of castor oil (mine is preservative -free & lanolin-free). Plus with the ointments they are completely sterile so no risk of infection.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alisonW View Post
    This is the same idea as using an ointment in/on/or around the eyes. They are oil-based as well and many of us on here who use them can go all night and half of the day before needing drops. The only difference is the oils used - mineral oil and petrolatum instead of castor oil (mine is preservative -free & lanolin-free). Plus with the ointments they are completely sterile so no risk of infection.
    I have found the mineral oil and petrolatum to be irritating compared to the castor oil. Everybody reacts differently, I guess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by redandsensitive View Post
    avee:

    Does castor oil also improve redness in eyes, after one week?
    I'm not sure.... My eyes are quite white if I am able to avoid dust. I'm not allergic to anything. My eyes are just sensitive to excess dust. Domestic dust is not a problem.But when I bake a cake (flour!) or clean my cats' toilet I use ski goggles (quite amusing ehh?! . Dusty roads etc, etc...It took me over 10 yrs to figure this out. My doc says I also have blepharitis which is under control thanks to regular warm compresses that I've been doing for 2 years by now. Castor oil seems to make things smoother and inflammations are not so severe. I'm looking forward to your update, Redandsensitive. Take care!

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    Helps me.

    I tried castor oil for 2 days, inside the eye. and it does seem to help significantly.
    It seems it makes my eyes produce more tears, and reduces irritation I have in the eye.
    It is supposed to be antiiflamatory, and antibacterial, so I hope it is doing some healing. Is it possible?
    I wonder how many time I should apply it. Could I apply more the once a day. 2 times? 3 times? could it be irritating to the eyes, more then once.
    Also will restasis have the same, or better effect.
    And will it work if I use plugs.
    I had an appointment today to insert plugs, and I cancelled it. I will wait and see how it goes.
    Anyway, I start to feel and act like myself again, as the pain diminishes.
    I hope it goes on like this.
    Last edited by jivgil; 21-Oct-2010 at 05:56. Reason: forgot something

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    This is my 2. day. I put 2 drops in each eye before I go to sleep. Maybe to much.. Since it's supposed to be worse the first week, I think it's ok that my eyes hurt and feel more sore now (my eyes feel dirty after putting in one drop in each eye when I'm awake). This is of course 100% organic, virgin, best possible castor oil!! I haven't had any drops put in today (so far), and I must say, my eyes feel a lot better after using this for 1,5 days. I guess when I put in drops now, my eyes will feel "dirty again", but I hope this feeling goes away after 1 week.

    BUT, what I'm afraid of, is cysts!!! I just hope, I don't get those after a while. When I used honey, my eyes felt great, but after 2 weeks, I got 2 huge cysts, and that did hurt!! But I'm open minded, and just hope castor oil is the answer.

    I will report back.
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    As for honey, I cannot put it into my eyes before sleep - my eyes become red and awful by morning. At daytime honey is great! Castor oil hasn't caused this but I don't put it right into my eyes before sleep either. Just to my lashes. If I were you, Redandsensitive, maybe I would be careful about putting things into my eyes overnight.

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    Be careful

    Dear red and sensitive,

    putting honey in the eyes, never heard of that, that sounds like risky business. No wonder you got cysts, thats what happens when your eyes become infected.

    if the honey is not sterile, boiled in an autoclave at 300 degrees in a completely airtight sealed room, your asking for a potentially blinding eye infection

    thats not good, cuz cysts could lead to blindness!

    as for honey though, I heard manuka honey has the antibacterial properties to kill even antibiotic resistant staph bacteria called mrsa

    Might try that on top of the eyelids,

    As for your brave endeavors to use unsterile castor oil Directly in your eyeball, Is brave.

    I heard castor oil exhibits toxic effects on the eye ball causing redness but it does heal the skin, of the eyelids which causes dry eye, inflammation, infection and the redness you describe red eyes.

    keep it refrigerated and use it from a separate container if you are going to continue with your risky endeavors

    I hope you dont get cysts or a horrible eye infection.

    I wouldn't try it, but I had heard in one case where it cured someone of anterior blepharitis, which is inflammation to the front of the eyelid because they used it on top of the eyelids not in the eye.

    now for MGD or posterior blepharitis is another story,
    I haven't been brave enough to put something like that anywhere near my eyeball...

    let me know what you find, I pray that your endeavors will help you...not hurt you...Keep up with your eye doc and make sure if you notice anything un ususal happing see em

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    Quote Originally Posted by Goeyes View Post
    Dear red and sensitive,

    putting honey in the eyes, never heard of that, that sounds like risky business. No wonder you got cysts, thats what happens when your eyes become infected.

    if the honey is not sterile, boiled in an autoclave at 300 degrees in a completely airtight sealed room, your asking for a potentially blinding eye infection

    thats not good, cuz cysts could lead to blindness!

    as for honey though, I heard manuka honey has the antibacterial properties to kill even antibiotic resistant staph bacteria called mrsa

    Might try that on top of the eyelids,

    As for your brave endeavors to use unsterile castor oil Directly in your eyeball, Is brave.

    I heard castor oil exhibits toxic effects on the eye ball causing redness but it does heal the skin, of the eyelids which causes dry eye, inflammation, infection and the redness you describe red eyes.

    keep it refrigerated and use it from a separate container if you are going to continue with your risky endeavors

    I hope you dont get cysts or a horrible eye infection.

    I wouldn't try it, but I had heard in one case where it cured someone of anterior blepharitis, which is inflammation to the front of the eyelid because they used it on top of the eyelids not in the eye.

    now for MGD or posterior blepharitis is another story,
    I haven't been brave enough to put something like that anywhere near my eyeball...

    let me know what you find, I pray that your endeavors will help you...not hurt you...Keep up with your eye doc and make sure if you notice anything un ususal happing see em

    Thanx for answering me

    Cysts are "just" a blockage of the MG (almost like acne), witch is unpleasent and leads to more drynes and redness. But it can't lead to blindness after what I understand. If cysts can lead to blindness, so can dry eyes.. I don't mean to be difficult, I just wanted to say my opinion

    Yes, the manuka honey could be better than just raw honey, but I don't think I want to try that anyway.

    The castor oil has helped me, my eyes feel like 50% better. I can now look at my computer with both eyes open, and not with one eye closed, which I have done the last year. And I have A LOT less debris/crust on my eye lashes, during the day and when I wake up in the morning. My eyes are still red, so if the redness don't get better the next week, I will start to apply the castor oil only on my lids.

    If the castor oil was full of bacteria, I would not get this reduction in symptoms. I have it in my refrigerator and I use a drop -thing..

    Thank you for your input, if I had read this before I started the castor oil, I would not have used it directly in my eyes. But since it's working, I don't see the harm.


    avee: Thanx for your input If the redness don't subsides within a week, I will start to only apply the castor oil on my lids.

    Have a nice day

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    it smooths

    My doctor said that my eyes became very smooth due to the castor oil, and that is why it makes me feel better.
    I hope it also clears inflamation, so the effect will be permanent.
    But mabe I put too much, because my sight became a little blured.
    By the way I just usual honey from the supermarket for 2 months, and felt it improved a lot the situation.
    I tried manuka, and it was very bad for me. Too strong and painfull to the eyes. And I dont think it has a better effect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Goeyes View Post
    thats not good, cuz cysts could lead to blindness!
    Goeyes - do you actually know people who have lost their sight because of cysts?

    Cysts are horrid things to contend with - and must be looked after but I don't think your health warnings are helpful, however well intentioned.

    I've had huge cysts on my eyelids without putting honey, castor oil or any other substances near them. I don't know what `caused' them; it seemed to be part & parcel of the whole MGD misery. I don't think punctal plugs helped if I'm honest but that's another story. My sight isn't brilliant but it never was - and I'm not blind.

    Take a look at this charity's website.

    http://www.sightsavers.org/our_work/...e/default.html

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    Irritation reduced

    After 2 weeks, irritation has been reduced, and I can see in my eyes, that blood vessels are thinner.
    I use the oil a few time a day. Actually, many times when I apply it, irrita is reduced imediatlaly, or after a short time.
    Also th feeling of my eyes is smoother.
    Mabe drynes has also improved a bit, but I am not sure.
    I am going to give it a few weeks more to see if dryness improves.
    I also stopped using gentil gel in the night which irritated me, and use Theratears liquid gel.
    We dont have ointment here.
    I am looking forward to use Duolube, which I've ordered from Canada.
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    Castor Oil

    Hi, just read this post with great interest.
    Im in the UK. Can anybody recommend a name of a Castor Oil that I could try and where can I get it please? Can I buy one from a normal pharmacy or supermarket?

    Many thanks

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    Castor Oil

    Getting hold of castor oil in the UK can be a bit tricky; you might be put through an overwhelming barrage of questions regarding its intended use or misuse. Whatever your age or gender, you could be asked if you are intending to induce labour - your own or someone else's.

    It's doubtful that you would get it in a supermarket. Boots the Chemist do not sell it and you may have difficulty finding a chemist that keeps it in stock. I get mine from a small branch of Lloyds Pharmacy in the town where I live. No problems at all.

    I cannot really recommend any one brand - I've used one from `Pukka Herbs' (bought online) but the product from Lloyds (Care Virgin Castor Oil) was just as good and much cheaper.

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    I use castor oil. You should buy the cold-pressed oil. I feel it helps me.

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    Just saw this thread about castor oil and was wondering if any of you were still using it. I started another thread about how it helped me and was told about it being toxic to the eye. I've been using it for several months now and have been able to stop using ALL other drops! Which were: Restasis x2, lotemax and systane(all throughout the day). All of which are very expensive, but we're not controlling my problems anyway, just allowing me to function basically. I am now able to go shopping, to church, use the computer, etc. without being miserable and only able to focus on my eyes. And without putting drops in my eyes the whole time.

    I am keeping my cold pressed castor oil in the fridge, but am wondering if keeping it in the freezing would be safer. I think it's too viscous to freeze and it may kill any bacteria, fungus, etc. that may be present. I am going to ask my dr. About ordering sterile CO, but until then.....

    I have tried many other oils, but they burn, cause blurred vision and just don't soothe my eyes at all. If something doesn't feel good in my eyes, I generally will not keep using it to see if it gets better. Castor oil was immediately soothing. I really hope it doesn't cause problems for any of us using it
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