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Castor oil treatment for dry eyes

Updated June 13, 2017

Castor oil is a vegetable oil extracted from the castor seed. There are many uses of castor oil, from soap- and shampoo-making, as an ingredient in candy and flavourings, constipation relief, inflammation treatment, and even labour induction. Castor oil can also be effective in treating dry eyes.

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Causes of Dry Eyes

Dry eyes are the most common eye condition. Dry eyes are very uncomfortable and, if left untreated, can cause damage to the cornea of the eyes. The culprit of most dry-eye issues is allergies. As we age, tear production slows, which can lead to chronic dry eye, as there is not enough lubrication in the eye. Inflammation around the eyelids, known as Blepharitis, can also cause dry eyes. The environment, such as harsh winds and blinding sun, can suck moisture out of the eyes.

Treat Dry Eyes With Castor Oil

Many commercial eye drops contain castor oil. It is possible to forgo the purchase of eye drops and rely solely on castor oil. Castor oil alone may treat dry eyes better than the marketed eye drops. Purchase a clean dropper, wash it thoroughly with soapy water, and rinse well. Suck 100-percent pure castor oil into the clean dropper. Administer one drop of oil into each eye. Repeat this three times a day or as needed. There is no evidence that this method cures dry eyes; it may only be useful for short-term relief.

Castor oil can be effective in treating Blepharitis. The castor oil not only moisturises the eyes, but reduces the inflammation around the eyelids. Dip your ring finger into castor oil and dap the oil around the eyelids where it is red and inflamed. The castor oil will soothe the eye and reduce the swelling and redness.

Are Castor Oil Eye Drops Safe?

One-hundred-percent pure castor oil will not cause damage to the eye. Talk to your doctor before using castor oil to treat any symptoms. Consider trying both pure castor oil and regular eye drops to see which one works best for you.

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About the Author

Maggie Lynn has been writing about education, parenting and health topics since 2005, in addition to being an educator. She holds a Master of Science in child and family studies.

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