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Did you know Castor Oil can be Used to Treat for Dry Eyes? Says Experts

The University of Auckland is delving into a promising clinical trial based on a successful pilot study, aiming to investigate the potential of castor oil as a  safe and natural treatment for dry eye conditions.

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By Ritika Nath
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Can Castor Oil Treat Dry Eyes Illness

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Researchers at the University of Auckland are delving into a promising clinical trial based on a successful pilot study, aiming to investigate the potential of castor oil as a safe and natural treatment for dry eye conditions. Dry eyes affect a significant portion of the population, especially those aged 50 and above, with approximately 58% experiencing this discomfort in Australia.

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ਇਸ ਤਰੀਕੇ ਨਾਲ ਕਰੋ ਅੱਖਾਂ ਦੀ ਦੇਖਭਾਲ, ਕਈ ਬੀਮਾਰੀਆਂ ਰਹਿਣਗੀਆਂ ਦੂਰ

Understanding Dry Eye Disease:

Factors contributing to the development of dry eye disease include advanced age, menopause, prolonged screen time, and the use of contact lenses. Among the various causes, blepharitis stands out as the leading culprit, responsible for over 80% of dry eye cases. Unfortunately, there is currently no known cure for this chronic condition.

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The Role of Castor Oil:

Derived from the flowering tropical or subtropical shrub Riccinus communis, castor oil has a long history of therapeutic use, spanning millennia. In recent times, it has found applications in eye cosmetics and makeup removers. The researchers are now exploring its potential as a natural remedy for dry eyes.

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Promising Pilot Study Results:

In a pilot study conducted at the University of Auckland, 26 patients with blepharitis were treated with cold-pressed castor oil over four weeks. The results were encouraging, showing measurable improvements in various symptoms. Patients experienced reduced redness of the lid margin, decreased thickening of the eyelid, a decline in bacterial presence, and less eyelash crusting.

Future Possibilities:

Catherine Jennings, a doctoral candidate and the lead clinical investigator, sees castor oil as a promising natural product that could provide a safe, effective, and user-friendly alternative to existing therapies for dry eyes. Researchers aim to gather more evidence to support the potential benefits of castor oil in managing and alleviating dry eye conditions.

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