Scientists may have found a natural alternative for the treatment of Ocular Demodex and Dry-Eye, according to studies.
Believe or not, the Demodex in eyelashes that cause the severity of ocular discomfort is quite common in the US. According to US Federal Science, over 70% of American suffer from the presence of Demodex without even noticing.
The increase in age, patients with conjunctival papillary hypertrophy, are some most common Demodex risk factors.
Furthermore, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) was detected more often on eyelids with Demodex.
The finding strongly suggested that Demodex plays a pathogenic role in the ocular discomfort linked with aging.
Dry eye happened mostly in the older adults is a condition in which a person doesn't have enough quality tears to clean and nourish the eye, leading to a chronic vision problem.
Dry eye in most cases is caused by the inadequate amount of tears due to lower than normal amount of tear production or tears evaporate too quickly from the eyes and poor quality of tears.
People with dry eye may experience symptoms of irritation, gritty, scratchy or burning eyes; a feeling of something in their eyes; excess watering; and blurred vision.
Honey is the miraculous product made by bees using nectar from flowers.
The rich golden liquid It is considered one of healthy sweet food for replacing the use of white sugar and artificial sweetener by many people.
Researchers with an aim to find a natural source for the treatment of vision problem compared the Manuka honey and tea tree oil against ocular Demodex.
The study included 53 viable Demodex mites acquired from the epilated eyelashes of 9 participants with blepharitis and symptomatic dry eye. Then, the viable mites were randomized to one of five treatment groups: cyclodextrin-complexed and uncomplexed Manuka Honey, 100% and 50% tea tree oil, and no treatment.
Compared to the results of four treatments, researchers found that the survival probabilities are lowest with 100% tea tree oil, and highest with cyclodextrin-complexed and uncomplexed Manuka Honey.
The finding clearly suggested that the efficacy of cyclodextrin-complexed Manuka honey was comparable with 50% tea tree oil, an established treatment for ocular Demodex.
In order to reveal more information about honey anti-dry eye effects, researchers evaluated
the effects of Manuka (Leptospermum sp.) honey eye drops (Optimel, Melcare, Australia).
The study included 24 participants aged 20 to 55 years with contact lens-related dry eye randomized to two treatment groups with 20 completed the study.
One group was received Optimel eye drops twice a day for two weeks followed by conventional lubricant (Systane Ultra, Alcon) therapy for two weeks while the other group completed the treatments in the reverse order.
The Optimel treatment exerted an improvement of Dry eye symptoms significantly and patients with more severe symptoms at baseline showed a greater improvement in symptoms.
Seventy-five% of contact lens wearers reported good adherence to Optimel treatment and 95% reported no issues using this product.
However, due to the short duration of treatment, there were no significant differences observed in the objective signs of a dry eye.
Researchers at the end of the experiment wrote in the final report, "Optimel Eye Drops reduce the symptoms of dry eye in contact lens wearers and are safe to use".
Taken altogether, honey, particularly Tualang honey may be considered functional remedies for the prevention and treatment of ocular Demodex and dry-eye, pending to the confirmation of larger sample size and multicenter human study.
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(1) Comparing the in vitro effects of MGO™ Manuka honey and tea tree oil on ocularDemodex viability by Frame K1, Cheung IMY2, Wang MTM2, Turnbull PR1, Watters GA2, Craig JP. (PubMed)
(2) Treatment of contact lens related dry eye with antibacterial honey by Wong D1, Albietz JM1, Tran H1, Du Toit C1, Li AH1, Yun T1, Han J1, Schmid KL. (PubMed)
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