posted Nov 13, 2015, 5:17 PM by Jake Vosloo
updated Nov 13, 2015, 5:24 PM
After having used both home made raw honey eye drops and Optimel, I can recommend the Optimel honey eye drops for .
Research is being conducted by a university on this:
It is available from Australian optometrists and online/ebay:
Home made honey eye drops
- Honey eye drops burn like fire, if it burns too much for you, dilute it. If it's been diluted, throw away after a few days because it will allow bacteria to grow. For this reason I use it in concentrated form and just live with the burn/sting which goes away quickly.
- The quality of the honey is a very important factor, medical grade manuka honey (Leptospermum spp) is best.
- Heat it until it is fully melted and check for any impurities, even the smallest grain of dust may scratch your eyes.
- Sterilize the container as much as possible. ideally use a plastic pipette and sterilize it in a pressure cooker for an hour at 121 degree C.
- If you have manuka honey then heat sterilize it as follows: Put the clean honey into a sterilized plastic pipette and melt the tip shut. Then sterilize the filled pipette in a pressure cooker for an hour at 121 degree C.
- Non manuka honey is sensitive to heat and heat will destroy the active ingredients so you cannot sterilize it. Rather make a new batch from fresh honey every month.
- Honey from some flowers are dangerous, manuka honey has been tested by scientists, others have not.
- The commercial drops are safer than raw honey because it has been sterilized and any dirt and other contaminants have been removed from the honey. The contaminants can make a person blind.
- If you make something yourself, you are responsible for the result. If you don't want to take responsibility then buy the tested products.