Manuka honey for dry eyes

Manuka honey for dry eyes

What is chronic dry eye?

Chronic dry eye is a common condition that occurs when there is a lack of moisture or lubrication on the surface of the eye. A layer of tears normally covers the surface of the eye to keep it moist. Small meibomian glands in the eyelids secrete oils to stop the tears on the surface of your eye from evaporating. When this fails, patients experience dry eyes.

What causes dry eyes?

Dry eyes can be caused by a number of things. One cause of dry eyes is decreased tear production which can be caused by ageing, certain medical conditions, some medications, corneal nerve sensitivity or cataract surgery.

Another cause of chronic dry eye is increased tear evaporation which can be a result of blinking less often, eyelid problems, eye allergies, climatic conditions, long periods of screen time, vitamin A deficiency and/or meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD). It occurs when the meibomian glands don’t secrete enough oil into the tears, causing evaporation of the tear layer.

What are the symptoms of chronic dry eye?

Symptoms may include:

  • a gritty sensation;
  • feeling like something is in your eye;
  • red or itchy eyes;
  • a burning sensation;
  • pain;
  • light sensitivity;
  • fluctuating vision; and/or
  • excessive watering/tearing.

Experiencing dry eyes can be a serious problem. It can inhibit your ability to perform daily tasks such as reading or spending time at the computer.

Treatment of dry eyes

Dry Eyes may become a life-long condition that requires ongoing care to soothe dry eyes. Early diagnosis and treatment are important to ensure relief for the patient and prevention of progression of the disease.

Treatment for dry eyes can include a range of options. This includes dry eye lubricants, ointments or prescription eye drops. A natural remedy for dry eyes includes manuka dry eye drops. The manuka honey drops contain active Manuka honey.

How does active Manuka honey help with dry eye?

Some kinds of dry eye occur due to an overgrowth of bacteria on the eyes surface. The bacteria can lead to tear film instability and damage to the cornea. Manuka honey contains anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties. 

Are there any side-effects of active Manuka honey?

When initially applied, Manuka honey can cause stinging and redness, however this will quickly subside.

What should you do?

Dry eyes are a serious condition that can affect your quality of life when left untreated. If you think you are experiencing dry eyes, you should book an appointment at Young Eyes for a check-up. We will perform a comprehensive eye examination and begin treatment to assist you to manage your dry eyes.

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