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    Interesting study using honey eye drops for dry eye syndrome.

    Has anyone tried to use honey eye drops for dry eye syndrome?

    http://www.ibra.org.uk/articles/20080612_7

    December 2007

    Article Title
    Using 20% honey solution eye drops in patients with dry eye syndrome.
    Author(s) Jurate Jankauskiene, Dalia Jarushaitiene, Violeta Cheksteryte and Jurgis Rachys
    Abstract The purpose of this work was to investigate the effect of 20% honey solution eye drops on human patients with dry eye syndrome. Thirty six patients (72 eyes) of mean age 44.7 years old were examined. Investigations were carried out before and after the treatment. Nineteen patients were treated with 20% honey solution eye drops three times a day, and 17 patients were treated with artificial tears three times a day as a control. After treatment with the honey eye drops, improvement of ocular changes was observed in most of the patients compared to the control treatment b. We also found a positive effect of the honey eye drops on the state of the cornea.
    Keywords honey solution drops, dry eye syndrome...

    Also here's another intersting link http://www.dancingbeeacres.com/HoneyCata.html

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    HI guys,

    I have bought this stuff now and I will tell you how it worked. i have

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    Bought honey

    HI guys,

    I have bought the honey now, since the below data looks very promising. Probably more promising than some products in the pipeline and hey, dont we all love honey ;-)?

    Last number: Difference of the data
    after the treatment (honey treatment)

    visual acuity, Snellen table 0.450.03 0.670.04 0.22
    hyperemia of conjunctivae % 53.16 26.30 26.86
    corneal sensitivity, % 68.42 31.58 36.84
    fluorescein staining, % 42.11 10.53 31.58
    erosion of the cornea, % 21.05 5.26 15.79
    pain of the eye, % 73.68 42.11 31.57
    tearing, % 84.21 31.58 52.63
    itching, % 73.68 36.84 36.84
    foreign body sensation, % 36.84 15.79 21.05
    photophobia, % 68.42 36.84 31.58
    Table 1. Ocular changes in patients with dry eye syndrome treated with 20 per cent honey eye drops (n=19).
    Ocular changes Before the treatment After the treatment Difference of the data
    after the treatment
    visual acuity, Snellen table 0.490.04 0.530.06 0.04
    hyperemia of conjunctivae % 70.59 64.7 5.89
    corneal sensitivity, % 70.59 52.94 17.65
    fluorescein staining, % 29.41 17.64 11.77
    erosion of the cornea, % 17.64 11.76 5.88
    pain of the eye, % 76.47 52.94 23.53
    tearing, % 88.24 64.70 23.54
    itching, % 70.59 52.94 17.65
    foreign body sensation, % 47.05 29.41 17.64
    photophobia, % 58.82 41.18 17.64
    Table 2.

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    Very interesting. I have been taking local honey by the tablespoon here for allergies. I bet this would help eye allergies as well and bring down inflammation.

    Melissa
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    You guys........please be careful of what you put in your eyes. I'm always afraid something will do harm. I know I've said I've used everything but swampwater, but I really am afraid. If you're on DEZ, your eyes aren't normal to begin with. Good luck and fingers crossed.

    No, I don't believe all the studies, reports and doctors. They are the ones that said Lasik was safe. Lucy
    Don't trust any refractive surgeon with YOUR eyes.

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    Very good point. Sometimes we grasp at straws and make things worse out of desperation. I know I have.

    Melissa
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    Talking

    to be honest: i trust something biological more than some pharma product. isnt it said that restasis could cause tumors in the long run? nice....!
    anyway, i dont think honey can do a lot of harm to your eyes. also:
    the following study shows that honey is more effective than antibiotics "household remedy millennia old is being reinstated: honey helps the treatment of some wounds better than the most modern antibiotics."

    http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releas...-hhp072706.php

    Anyway, i guess we should be care ful but also realistic.

    all the best

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    Thumbs up

    i trust in bees cute little yellow things!

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    Please keep us posted if you try these.

    I looked at the picture, and it sure does look like honey. I wonder what it feels like in the eye. What was your diagnosis?

    Melissa
    pianolady

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    diagnosis: i guess aqueaus deficient. i think my dry eye comes from contact lens overwear...... i will also give the honey to my mom since she also has dry eye. to me it makes much sense and .... well.... well see. i am not scared

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    in the upper one its not very clear, here again "with honey":
    BEFORE-AFTER-DIFFERENCE
    visual acuity, Snellen table 0.450.03 0.670.04 0.22
    hyperemia of conjunctivae % 53.16 26.30 26.86
    corneal sensitivity, % 68.42 31.58 36.84
    fluorescein staining, % 42.11 10.53 31.58
    erosion of the cornea, % 21.05 5.26 15.79
    pain of the eye, % 73.68 42.11 31.57
    tearing, % 84.21 31.58 52.63
    itching, % 73.68 36.84 36.84
    foreign body sensation, % 36.84 15.79 21.05
    photophobia, % 68.42 36.84 31.58

    I KNOW ABOUT STATISTICS AND I KNOW THAT THESE NUMBERS ARE STATISTICALLY SIGNIFICANT! IF THEY ARE TRUE, AND LETS BELIEVE THAT, IT SEEMS TO BE A PRETTY GOOD THING TO PUT HONEY IN ONES EYES

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    The high osmotic pressure obtained with the use of honey
    solution prevents bacterial growth. Subrahmanyam et al. have
    suggested that honey is effective for the treatment of burn
    wounds and Fournier's gangrene (Subrahmanyam et al., 2001;
    Subrahmanyam, Ugane, 2004) because it inhibits the growth of
    both Gram-negative and Gram-positive bacteria, it provides a
    viscous barrier to fluid loss and wound invasion by bacteria thus
    preventing infection, it contains enzymes which may aid the
    healing process by promoting tissue formation, it absorbs edemal
    fluid thereby cleaning the wound and reduces pain and irritation.
    Although the level of hydrogen peroxide in honey is very low, it is
    still effective as an antimicrobial agent. It has been reported that
    hydrogen peroxide is more effective when supplied by continuous
    generation with glucose oxidase than when added in isolation
    (Allen and Molan, 1997). Recent research shows that the
    proliferation of peripheral blood B-lymphocytes and
    T-lymphocytes in cell culture is stimulated, and phagocytes are
    activated by honey at concentrations as low as 0.1% (Abuharfeil
    et al., 1999). Honey also stimulates monocytes in cell culture to
    release cytokines, tumour necrosis factor (TNF)-alpha, interleukin
    (IL)-1 and IL-6, which activates the immune response to infection
    (Cooper et al., 2000). In many cases, honey has been used to heal
    wounds not responding to treatment with conventional
    antibiotics and antiseptics (Betts and Molan, 2001; Dunford
    et al., 2000).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alexandra View Post
    HI guys,

    I have bought the honey now, since the below data looks very promising. Probably more promising than some products in the pipeline and hey, dont we all love honey ;-)?

    Last number: Difference of the data
    after the treatment (honey treatment)

    visual acuity, Snellen table 0.450.03 0.670.04 0.22
    hyperemia of conjunctivae % 53.16 26.30 26.86
    corneal sensitivity, % 68.42 31.58 36.84
    fluorescein staining, % 42.11 10.53 31.58
    erosion of the cornea, % 21.05 5.26 15.79
    pain of the eye, % 73.68 42.11 31.57
    tearing, % 84.21 31.58 52.63
    itching, % 73.68 36.84 36.84
    foreign body sensation, % 36.84 15.79 21.05
    photophobia, % 68.42 36.84 31.58
    Table 1. Ocular changes in patients with dry eye syndrome treated with 20 per cent honey eye drops (n=19).
    Ocular changes Before the treatment After the treatment Difference of the data
    after the treatment
    visual acuity, Snellen table 0.490.04 0.530.06 0.04
    hyperemia of conjunctivae % 70.59 64.7 5.89
    corneal sensitivity, % 70.59 52.94 17.65
    fluorescein staining, % 29.41 17.64 11.77
    erosion of the cornea, % 17.64 11.76 5.88
    pain of the eye, % 76.47 52.94 23.53
    tearing, % 88.24 64.70 23.54
    itching, % 70.59 52.94 17.65
    foreign body sensation, % 47.05 29.41 17.64
    photophobia, % 58.82 41.18 17.64
    Table 2.
    Hi!I am new to this site and would like to know where you purchased the honey eyedrops.Thanks Sandra lee

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    Recent research shows that the
    proliferation of peripheral blood B-lymphocytes and
    T-lymphocytes in cell culture is stimulated, and phagocytes are
    activated by honey at concentrations as low as 0.1% (Abuharfeil
    et al., 1999). Honey also stimulates monocytes in cell culture to
    release cytokines, tumour necrosis factor (TNF)-alpha, interleukin
    (IL)-1 and IL-6, which activates the immune response to infection
    (Cooper et al., 2000).


    Yikes. Don't know that I like that description - cytokines, tumour necrosis factor (TNF)-alpha, interleukin (IL)-1 and IL-6 - cause inflammation.

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