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Castor Oil for Cataracts? -- bottle of castor oil and dropper

Answer:

Castor oil may be helpful in treating dry eye and, possibly, eyelid inflammation (tea tree oil may be useful for eyelid inflammation also), but there is no clinical evidence that it can improve vision in people with cataracts or "dissolve" cataracts, as explained in the full answer >>

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Lana22341
March 28, 2021

Regarding tea tree oil and blepharitis, I successfully resolved my blepharitis by using TheraTears Sterilid Eyelid Cleanser (a foaming wash) twice a day on my eyelids, lashes and brows. (over the counter product) Gently massage in the foam, and be sure to wait at least 1 minute before rinsing off with warm water. I noticed a tingling when first applying the foam, but after 1 minute the tingling disappeared. I did this morning and evening. Over several weeks, the redness, itching and irritation disappeared. This cleanser contains tea tree oil, which I believe is the active ingredient. I would not apply straight tea tree oil to my eyelids - it would be way too strong and irritating.
I have no financial interest in the company that makes this product and am simply reporting my experience.

Glenn22319
March 24, 2021

I had blepharitis once and ever since then, I've noticed that I sometimes get flaking near the roots of my lashes and occasionally get sensitive eyelids. To deal with this, I use diluted tea tree oil. To do this, I apply a drop of tea tree oil onto a cotton swab, dilute by adding a few drops of distilled water, dab the cotton swab onto a clean tissue to ensure it's not too wet, and carefully run this cotton swab around the lash roots and on the eyelid (if that's irritated; otherwise, I just do the lashes). I avoid getting any in the eyes. I've been doing this routine about twice a week for a couple years and have had no outbreaks of blepharitis or eyelash dandruff or similar issues since then. I've also felt immediate relief when my eyelids have been particularly sensitive, although if my eyelids were sensitive that often, I would visit the eye doctor.

Helen21209
October 22, 2020

Finally, which castor oil brand have subscribers been using?

MELINDA22315
March 22, 2021

Did this get answered? I want to know too.

Tony17028
August 5, 2018

I read that castor oil could change the color of your eyes. Is that true?

ConsumerLab.com
August 8, 2018

Hi Tony - There does not appear to be any published studies or reports of castor oil eye drops changing eye color.

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