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Honey Drops: The Sweet Treatment for Dry Eye Symptoms?

Manuka honeyWidely discussed as a homeopathic treatment for everything from hangovers to acne to the common cold, manuka honey is now being looked at as a treatment for helping manage the relentless symptoms of Dry Eye Disease. Yes, you read correctly; the honey sitting in your kitchen cupboard has a multitude of impressive healing powers that you probably weren’t aware of.

In fact, the restorative properties of honey are so remarkable that researchers at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia are planning to put manuka honey to the test to determine whether it can be an effective solution for dry eye symptoms. The study will focus on the efficacy of an eye drop that contains a small amount of manuka honey for the treatment of symptoms like ocular itching, burning and redness. Previous research has reported that manuka honey can in fact aid in reducing inflammatory markers on the cornea. Exactly how much? Only time will tell.

Two separate trials will be conducted and the honey treatment’s efficacy will be compared to more conventional dry eye treatments such as over-the-counter artificial tears. The initial trial will include patients who are unable to wear contact lenses for long periods of time due to dry eye symptoms. A larger secondary trial will involve patients who experience the more severe symptoms that often coincide with Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD).

Study lead, Dr. Julie Albietz says that the anti-inflammatory effects of honey deserve further investigation since inflammation is one of the key factors in chronic dry eye disease. Albietz also says that the problem with current dry eye treatments is that many over-the-counter lubricants and gels contain harsh steroids or added chemicals and are often insufficient when it comes to lasting relief of symptoms.

Since honey is a natural, nontoxic and entirely safe ingredient, the results of these trials are being highly anticipated. If the honey formula proves to be effective, eye drops containing manuka honey would be a sure fire hit among chemical-conscious dry eye suffers. For now, we’ll stay posted on the results of these studies and hope that manuka honey is indeed the ‘sweet’ treatment that Dry Eye Disease has been calling for.

What do you think? Will honey drops prevail against dry eye symptoms or is this natural treatment simply too good to be true?


  1. Kathaleen says:

    Interesting article. I would try it. Grandma always said to use honey for everything.

  2. laura garlick says:

    Study group needed? Can I get in?

  3. Hey, very interesting! I am having great success with treating wounds with Manuka honey… and this is taking it one step further… Excited to see the results…

  4. What type of Manuka Honey is best for dry eye? I bought a Manuka Blend and would like to know if this is ok to use.

    • Hey, you need to use medical manuka honey. It is sterile and made for medical use. If you tell me where you live, i can get you in touch with the right honey. I sell medical manuka honey, but only in Norway, but I have contacts around the world. Please do not use honey that is in a jar, it is made for eating only.

  5. If these does give positive results then why people are not resorting to such ideas? In my opinion, natural treatments take time and also results due to these have certain limits of achieval. My mom had tried and followed a healthy diet but, she couldn’t get the expected result. Recently she did a laser vision correction procedure in Oakville and now she is having a better improved vision. Natural methods like these have their pros and cons. They are definitely beneficial but when you resort to them don’t expect sudden changes to happen.

  6. Can someone tell me the measurements on how much water and honey to use to make the eye drops?

    • I don´t know, but please be careful not to add too much water if any at all. The honey will also be diluted with tears. And remember, only medical honey, and remember to talk to your doctor first.

  7. Where would one buy Makuka honey in South Africa?

  8. I have severe dry eyes. Where can I find the medical honey in the US?

  9. What are the results of the study using manuka honey for dry eye? Where do I find medical honey in the U.S.?

    • I keep hearing about Manuka Honey on this site but there is nothing about how to use it and where to acquire it. I live in South Africa and have been unable to find a supplier.
      Can anyone tell me which eye drops is best – Optive or Thera Tears. Nothing seems to help. I have severe dry eye syndrome.

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