From Rice Soup to a remedy for an Inflamed eye
by Wayne Evardson BSc (Hons) Mc Optom FBDO
I recently came across an old notebook of my Great Grandmothers that she had used to note down recipes.
She had also saved clippings from newspapers with handy hints related to the kitchen – and also one on
social etiquette that involved how a lady should react and greet a man in uniform if he was to introduce
himself – presumably the forerunner of www.uniformdating.com ! The clipping that stood out to me was one
on how to treat an inflamed eye.
I can imagine that the idea of a beaten egg white that smelt nice would actually be quite effective. The egg white would probably dry more slowly than if it was just water, prolonging the cooling effect. Although stickiness would probably be an issue!
Now, in more modern times, irritated eyes are more easily dealt with by using wetting drops.
We have started stocking a fairly new lubricating drop called Thealoz.
This contains an ingredient called Trehalose which has been found to retain water and preserve the hydration and integrity of cells throughout desiccation, including those of the front surface of the eye. It also has antioxidant properties.
I have found that my patients with dry eye symptoms have found this to be significantly more effective than previous drops that they have used. It also has the advantages that it is preservative free and a bottle can be used for up to 8 weeks once opened due to the microfilter built in to the bottle. This lets the drop out, but does not allow bacteria to
pass back into the fluid. Most multi-dose bottles are allowed to be opened for 4 weeks before having to be thrown away due to potential contamination. So if you have dry eye problems this might be worth a try!