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Urine and other things you shouldn’t put into your eye

urinalsI’ve practiced medicine in different areas of the country and come across some interesting cultural traditions when it comes to things people put into their eyes. Surprisingly, you can’t find any of this stuff in medical textbooks.

For example, the treatment of eye irritation or pink eye in one culture is lemon juice. Yes, I’ve had patients come into the ER with very irritated eyes. When asked what happened, they told me that their eye was bothering them, so they squeezed a lemon into it. Ouch! Not only is lemon juice unlikely to treat any ailment of the eye, but it may also cause some serious eye irritation. I would not recommend trying this at home.

Another treatment for eye infection and irritation I’ve run into is urine. I do not know where this one came from, but I also advise against putting your own urine or anyone else’s urine into your eye to treat anything. At best, you’ll end up with an irritated eye. At worst, you will get a nasty eye infection with a STD like gonorrhea or chlamydia. Yes, this is not only possible, but it happens all the time. In one year, I think I treated at least five people who had STD eye infections from putting urine into the eye.

More bodily fluids…

Another thing you should not get into your eye is saliva. You may have heard that if you run out of  contact lens solution, you should use your saliva instead. This is not a good idea. Contact lens solution and saline are sterile and keep nasty bugs out of your eyes. If you haven’t heard, the human mouth is probably the dirtiest place in your body and contains scores of virulent bacteria. If you put saliva onto your contacts or in your eyes, you risk getting a really bad eye infection.

Semen is also another bodily fluid you should avoid getting into your eye. Some out there actually want to do this to satisfy their sexual fantasies. I try not to judge other people’s beliefs and practices, but if you perform this act, the recipient will end up with an irritated, painful, and red eye. Plus, you risk the same potential STD eye infections that come with getting urine into the eye.

Food products

Recently, I learned that some people believe that putting honey into the eye can cause the eye color to lighten. I guess people will go to extremes to turn their brown eyes blue, but unfortunately there is no way to do this. Sorry, honey will not lighten your eye color. In fact, any homemade eye solution (including homemade contact lens solution) carries the risk of serious eye infections like acanthamoeba. So not only will honey water keep your eyes brown, but you could also end up with a nasty eye infection that is treated with pool cleaner. (Yes, you read that right — acanthamoeba is treated by putting pool cleaner into your eye — double ouch!)

Have you heard of any other remedies for the eye that you are curious about? Please leave a comment below.

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42 comments on “Urine and other things you shouldn’t put into your eye

  1. Zenaida
    September 10, 2012

    The practice of Ayurveda recommends putting warm ghee in eyes for improving vision or if there was some trauma affecting the eyes. It’s called netra basti. Check it out. Rose water in eyes is also effective for cooling the eyes. There are eye drops used for clearing vision containing honey, castor oil and an herb called trifala. Let me know your thoughts on this after doing some research.

    • visionmd
      September 27, 2012

      I would not recommend putting anything into your eye that is not made in sterile conditions and tested by the rigorous FDA approval process for new drugs. The results of mixing drugs and compounds in non-sterile environments can be devastating to the eye (http://fxn.ws/RmHvBX).

      • Zenaida
        September 28, 2012

        I understand that but you’re completely missing the point.

  2. Danny
    January 21, 2013

    Thats funny cuz i have used honey – water eyedrops to lighten my eye color to hazel from dark brown
    Also we all know how rigorous is the FDA approval process looking at all the recent news about Propecia side effects

    • Vivi
      June 4, 2013

      Really Danny? So did your eyes change from dark brown to hazel with honey and water? It’d be great to know! Thanks! :)

  3. Sydney
    January 25, 2013

    Wat about foodcoloring? I know I probly sound stupid saying this but can you put foodcoloring in your eyes?

    • visionmd
      January 25, 2013

      It would be a bad idea to put food coloring into your eyes. First, the solution is not sterile — so you would be risking an eye infection by putting the drops in your eyes. Also, the chemicals in the food coloring could be damaging to your eyes, cause burns, etc.

  4. daddy
    February 17, 2013

    Breast milk for pink eye?? I just read that be4 finding this site. Yes or no??

    • visionmd
      February 17, 2013

      No. Breast milk will not cure pink eye, sorry.

      • brown eye woman
        October 12, 2013

        what about putting carnation cream in your eyes if you feel something is in it?

    • Racquel
      May 27, 2014

      My culture uses breast milk for pink eye and yes it works. I’ve used it with my kids and it cleared up in a day.

  5. Rachelle
    February 24, 2013

    Found this site because I was investigating a recent aruveydic (sp?) ‘healer’s ‘ advice to but ghee in my eyes at night. I wondered about the issue of it not being sterile…glad I checked.

    • visionmd
      February 24, 2013

      Glad you found the information helpful.

  6. AJ
    March 1, 2013

    Breastmilk is actually recommended by MD’s in UK for treating infant conjunctivitis. It contains high concentration of secreted antibodies as well as antiinflammatory components that effectively clear eye infections. Acanthamoeba infections have nothing to do with honey and are almost solely a problem of contact lens users.

  7. Vita
    March 9, 2013

    you say no but hundred of people say they did it and it worked…the FDA doesn’t approve many things that work.

    • visionmd
      March 9, 2013

      It’s true that there are many things “that work” that the FDA hasn’t approved. The job of the FDA is more than making sure that novel therapies work. They want to know if a certain treatment is as effective as or better than what’s currently out there. They are also tasked with making sure that those novel therapies are safe for general consumption.

  8. jade
    April 4, 2013

    The worst thing i have ever put into my eyes are my FDA approved contact lenses.

    Honey absolutely works to treat eye infections (and many other infections too). I was in the amazon in Peru and my eye became red and painful, convinced i would need to go to the hospital. One of the locals insisted I try the honey and it worked within hours.

    It’s cheap, easy to access and WORKS!!!! Possibly why it is not FDA approved. Seems a bit weird to put such a thick solution into your eye, but i guess the first time i coated my eye in plastic (contact lens) it felt even weirder, and I didnt listen to my body then and continued to do this for years.

    http://eyestrain.sabhlokcity.com/2011/10/why-honey-works-so-well-in-the-eyes-against-bacterial-infection/

  9. danielle
    May 14, 2013

    coffee for pink eye ? black cold coffee ?

    • visionmd
      May 14, 2013

      I would not recommend putting hot or cold coffee into your eye

  10. Kimberly
    June 1, 2013

    Juices from yogurt…. for pink eye.

    • visionmd
      June 2, 2013

      I had not heard of yogurt juices before for pink eye, but it doesn’t seem like a safe thing to do.

      • Sixxlove
        June 18, 2013

        Is anything ever safe to you? In case you haven’t noticed most FDA approved things do more harm than good with all their messed up side effects… If it works it works

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  12. Dilshad
    August 13, 2013

    If putting urine is dangerous, then why is Gomuthra used often by people in India and they get cured? My mother was starting to have eye blindness with flash and she simply used natural ghee and now the doctor said she is fine when she went back for check up. I think ancient medicines were more effective then used by modern medicine. Modern medicine has side effects, while Ayurveda has none of what I recall. I mean think about it, people these days are getting more cancers then in ancient times since they used pure and simple cures. Now medicines comes with side effects. Pretty sad…. Anyone can email me: dilshad40@hotmail.com

    • Constantine
      September 16, 2013

      Dilshad, i don’t mean to be rude, but it might help if you think that what we call now modern medicine was once home remedies that worked. Also, I strongly doubt that the number of people suffering from cancer is caused by medicine rather that living stressful lives in a polluted environment or heredity. Modern medicine has side effects, but it usually has some prime effects that actually do eradicate the illness. Im not familiar with Ayurveda remedies, but i don’t think it has a better alternative for insulin or current cancer treatments.

      • Dilshad
        September 16, 2013

        Modern medicine cures only the part of a disease, Ayurveda, goes inside the root to permanently cure it. Diabetes is said to not have cure, but cow urine is proven to work. The govt does not want you to know about it, that is why they go against it

      • Constantine
        September 17, 2013

        If cow urine worked, wouldn’t it be easier for the government to sell this cure under a different name and a higher price to get profits AND cure people at the same time, instead of just selling insulin shots? Imagine this, instead of insulin, people buy more cake, they spend more, consume more, bigger prophits. What reason do you think the government has to keep secret from us the benefits of cow urine, if there are any? Also, i think, if it was tested and peer reviewed and found that cow urine helps, it would be pretty hard to keep it a secret.
        In conclusion, alternative treatments may complement normal medicine, but they can’t substitute it.

      • Dilshad Randhawa
        September 17, 2013

        Yes the government can do that but that is what the whole idea is, they WONT, because this is labeled as Ayurvedic from ancient times. Ayurveda will cure from the ROOT of the problem. From only the top, the modern medicine would work along with side effects. Think about it for a moment, today your using modern medicine but it always has some kind of a side effect. When you use ayurveda cure it dissolves it’s workings inside the root to fix the problem. In the world which we live in, we disgust urine…let’s be honest we do. We as a society cannot accept that urine has benefits. My mother’s eyes are cured now, now she’s drinking cow’s urine to solve her diabetics problem. After she is done with the ayurvedic medicine, she is going to go back and see if the disease still exists or not. If it does, then that means the government does not like Ayurvedic cure for a simple reason….since you will stop coming to them for $$$.

  13. veyron1995
    October 6, 2013

    U r crazy….. Urine of cow? Cow is a mammal like us or any other. The urine is waste product containing urea and uric acid, salts and other chemicals and toxin… I dare u to put it in ur eye and still be having healthy eyes. Superstitious people do stuff like that. Think logically!!

    • Dilshad
      October 6, 2013

      Your already denying without knowing facts. Google “benefits of cow urine” you will find many benefits proven fact. The problem is, the West believes in medicine with side effects. My mother already went for eye examination and her eyesight improved. She used cows urine you can’t just spurt out bias comments without finding out facts. How did my mothers eyesight improve? She wears glasses and day by day it’s getting better.

    • jade
      October 7, 2013

      Urine is 100% sterile.
      You cringe and accuse someone of being crazy for suggesting the use of cow urine. But when a western pharmaceutical company package pregnant horse urine into a little pill called Premarin that is totally acceptable. Although I doubt the millions of menopausal women who are prescribed Premarin have any idea they are taking horse urine – because you know ‘thats crazy’.
      A waste product urine may be. But it is a sterile product which has demonstrated health benefits (as already proven by Pfizer).
      I know this is a icky thought for alot of people, but before you accuse someone of being crazy or dismissing the idea entirely, I invite you to be open until proven otherwise.

  14. Jessica
    December 14, 2013

    I’ve used honey and water in my dark brown eyes and they’re now hazel with no infection soooooo idk.

  15. Nora
    January 3, 2014

    I had read that mixing vinigar and water will cure pink eye. I was stupid enough to try it and now i have less clear vision and ptosis in that eye. But i dont knoe if it was actually from chemical burn or the exstreme pink eye i had, nor do i know how to fix it. This has been at least 5 months ago and its still not normal.

  16. Miles
    January 5, 2014

    What about using your own urine, is that healthy

    • Zenaida
      January 5, 2014

      Enough on this now

      Sent from my iPhone

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    • visionmd
      January 5, 2014

      In theory, if your urine is sterile, it should be safe. However, I have seen several cases of gonorrhea and chlamydia eye infections from patients who put their own urine into their eye — and they unknowingly had a STD. So even if you think you are clean, you may not be.

  17. Ashlyn
    March 22, 2014

    I used honey drops in my eye and it does make them lighter so what are you trying you say?

  18. dr Pascal
    March 31, 2014

    I have really enjoyed your comments and contributions and I thought about so many things that has happend without scientific xplanations. Like the Blind seeing or even D dead rising from death. Life has got more to do with faith than just what we think or see. But let’s not miss out on the primary issue which is Medcine/Science and what is universaly acceptable in d field. Some have even claimed to cure HIV but we need not doubt if that is by faith. We are adviced not to use xpired drugs but yet we encourage people to use untested Urine or even other unaprovd solutions in their eyes. That would be misleading!

  19. lian
    April 10, 2014

    Hi! Is there any risk by putting carrot juice into your eyes, thank u.

    • visionmd
      April 14, 2014

      I would not do it. You could get an infection or cause irritation.

      • lian
        April 15, 2014

        Thank u, & could please tell me if there’s anything l can use to whiten my eye, they are very red, but I don’t smoke please

  20. kene bill
    June 20, 2014

    av used urine in curing many diseases and it worked and am using it in my eye now

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