Eye infections. They are my weak link. Whenever I get the flu or some other fun acute virus, said flu or acute virus loves to travel into my right eye and infect it. It happens almost like clockwork. I think our daughter may have inherited this fun tendency as well, as during her teething and acute illnesses over the last 4 years, her eye would always certainly take the brunt of things as well.
Well, this week I have been dealing with just such a situation. We all know the sensation of angry, infected eyes. The mucus. The red irritation. The feeling of sand or grit lodged under our lids. It's miserable.
Usually doctors are quick to suggest antibiotic eye ointment, which would be awesome and much more convenient I suppose, but I simply cannot tolerate most allopathic medicine, and my immune system is not strong enough to withstand a hit of antibiotics, even with probiotic supplementation.
So, instead, I turn to another tried and true remedy that works for me every single time: homemade probiotic eye wash. That's right PRO-biotic as opposed to ANTI-biotic. This fun remedy works to displace angry baddies hanging out in the ocular cavity, allowing the body to flush them out naturally. If antibiotics kill everything in their path (even your good and happy microbes), then probiotics simply add more good guys to crowd out the bad, while keeping all your good and happy microbes safe and sound. That is a very basic explanation, but that's the gist of it.
Some have said to me, "well, antibiotics in the eye don't travel to your gut, so why worry," but that's just it: everything is connected, and all substances are systemic to some degree or another, particularly when we are talking about antibiotics that do not discriminate.
So, to make a probiotic eyewash, I use two probiotic strains by Natren, which are truly outstanding for eyewashes:
To make the eyewash, I fill up a measuring cup with warm spring water (do not recommend tap water), and empty 1/4 cap of Megadophilus and 1/4 cap Bifido Factor into the water and stir.
With an eyedropper (you can purchase them cheaply at any drug store), fill to the top and then express in the infected eye. If only one eye is infected, make sure you do not touch the eye dropper with your infected eye and spread to the other!
Repeat this process 4-5 times a day. Within 24 hours, you should start to see a huge dent in symptoms and pain. Continue this practice at least 2 days after all symptoms are gone.
I have used this remedy on our daughter since she was 6 months old. And I have used it multiple times with great success for myself.
If, for some reason, this does not work for you, please be your own judge and go to the doctor! You know your body best! As always The Accidental Purist is recommending remedies that work from the point-of-the-patient and our personal experience, and any advice on this site is not to be taken as medical advice on your medical condition.
Happy healing, and may you never be plagued by another eye infection. Ever.