For thousands of years communities have recognised the wound healing and anti-bacterial properties of honey. Now, in a ground-breaking new trial conducted locally in Brisbane, this powerful natural product has been proven to outperform standard treatments in relieving the symptoms of dry eyes.

The trial, recently published in Optometry Australia’s journal, Clinical and Experimental Optometry, indicated the honey treatment improved the dry eye condition and, unlike conventional lubricants, had an all-important anti-bacterial effect.

Patients in the trial were given Optimel Antibacterial Manuka Eye Gel or Optimel Manuka Dry Eye Drops. The patients who used the honey therapy reported their eyes felt better and not so ‘gritty’. Most chose to continue using the honey treatments after the study concluded. The project was specifically tested on meibomian gland disease (MGD) induced dry eye, the most common cause of dry eye, so it did not cover every type of dry eye.

Trial co-author, Associate Professor Katrina Schmid from QUT School of Optometry and Vision Science, said that while all treatments (including conventional lubricants) clinically and significantly improved dry eye, the honey therapies improved it the most and the gel was superior. “It’s a novel treatment for dry eye because it has both antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties and has a different mechanism from those of other products,” said Prof Schmid.

“Practitioners can suggest it to patients and know with confidence that they will see a benefit and should experience significant improvements over two months. The trial has provided evidence of its benefits to patients with chronic, long-term and difficult to treat MGD,’ she said.

We have found excellent benefits of the Optimel drops for our Gold Coast and Tweed Heads dry eyes patients . 90% of patients notice a marked improvement in their symptoms with blepharitis/MGD related dry eyes. The drops do sting on application but the stinging is transient and goes after a few seconds. When used as part of a comprehensive dry eye therapy program that includes eyelid hygiene, warm compresses, and high concentrate daily Omega 3 supplementation, we feel Optimel helps significantly in dry eye treatment and prevention.

Optimel Manuka Dry Eye Drops are intended for people with mild to moderate chronic dry eye and poor eyelid health. For a comprehensive dry eye assessment and development of an individual prevention and treatment plan, please contact one of our 4 practices for an appointment today. Envision Optical has 4 locations on the Gold Coast and Tweed Heads, providing full scope optometrist appointments. We have a special interest in helping patients with dry eyes.