Thursday, April 10, 2014

Honey Eye Drops Effective Against Eye Disease

The healing capacities of honey continue to be rediscovered with this new study confirming its ability to treat an allergic eye disease, reducing the use of steroids. Other studies confirm the ability of honey to heal eyes and I personally healed a severely scratched cornea with the use of honey. Considering the negative side effects of steroid use, this is good news...

A Double Blind Clinical Trial on the Efficacy of Honey Drop in Vernal Keratoconjunctivitis 

This trial was designed to evaluate the efficacy and safety of topical honey eye drops in patients with diagnosed VKC.

This clinical trial was conducted on 60 patients with diagnosed VKC. The patients were selected and randomly allocated between two groups of 30. Patients in two groups received honey eye drop (60% in artificial tear) or placebo, other than cromolyn and fluorometholone 1% eye drops, to be used topically in each eye, four times per day. The patients were examined with slit lamp and torch at baseline and the follow-up visits on the 1st, 3rd, and 6th months of the study for redness, limbal papillae, and intraocular pressure.

Out of 60 patients who completed the study, 19 patients (31.7%) were
female. There was significant increase in eye pressure and reduction in redness as well as limbal papillae, following the consumption of the honey drop in honey group compared to placebo control group (P < 0.05). At the end of trial, one patient in honey group and 7 in placebo group had limbal papillae (P < 0.05).

Topical honey eye drops, when used along with Cromolyn and Fluorometholone eye drops, might be beneficial for the treatment of VKCIt might be used to reduce the amount of steroid consumption. However, more research is needed to determine how much it can reduce the need for steroid usage.

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