If you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time, you’ll know I’m really big on using and testing DMSO-based protocols. I have popular protocols for hemorrhoids, rectal stricture and intestinal strictures – all using DMSO as a primary, active component.

I also find the idea of using DMSO in eyedrops particularly interesting – and not just because my father is an eye doctor! Once again, it is DMSO’s ability to penetrate tissue rapidly (and carry other substances into the tissues) that makes it so interesting as an eye treatment.

What I don’t know (personally) at this point, is how effective it is, how these solutions feel (energetically as well as physically) in the eye, and which concentration to use.

Based on my experience with DMSO thus far – it’s efficacy and potency – I would be inclined to start testing eyedrops at a 2% DMSO solution and gradually work up from there.

However, some Internet research reveals that people are already using much stronger formulas than that, with supposedly good results:

Option A:  40% DMSO Saline Eyedrops

I have to say, when I first read about someone using 40% DMSO in their eyes, I thought they were stark raving mad. Then I found this popular blog selling 40% solution eyedrops in their shop, with a number of good reviews underneath! And no one reports screaming in pain or their eye burning out of it’s socket – go ahead, take a look… A couple of the reviews also say the drops are reducing their floaters and making their vision sharper.

Option B:  25% DMSO Saline Eyedrops

A 25% solution in sterile saline is also advocated on a number of sites, like this one.

Option C:  6.25% DMSO Combination Solution Eyedrops

Most reasonable (to my mind) is this formula, based on the work of Dr. Robert Rowen which combines DMSO with glutathione and vitamin C. So the proportions are:

DMSO – 6.25%
Glutathione – 1.25%
Vitamin C – 1.25%

The rest would be sterile saline. And you can have a good compounding pharmacy make these up for you. But depending on legalities, they may not be able to add the DMSO to the solution. So you can purchase the 99% DMSO in a glass bottle and add that yourself in the correct amount (ask your pharmacist).

However, this article by Gabriela Segura MD talks about a 50% DMSO solution being beneficial:

“His research showed drops of 50% DMSO to be effective in retinitis pigmentosa and macular degeneration, and presented a report on this at the New York Academy of Sciences symposium in 1971. (Haley, 2000)”

But further down the page has a testimonial from someone using 25% DMSO eye drops who says, “The only side effect was a slight burning sensation…” which is exactly what I would expect when even a 20% solution can give a burning feeling on rectal mucosal tissue with any kind of tear or fissure present.

Personally, I think I would get a bottle of Similasan homeopathic allergy eye drops (which I love) and add 2-5% DMSO to the bottle. And test it. That takes care of both the saline and sterility issues, but you could easily manipulate the DMSO concentration.

Of course, based on my own experiments with mucosal tissue, if I had any scar tissue in my eyes, then DMSO eyedrops would certainly be worth a try. I’ve seen reports in a number of places for DMSO’s effectiveness with macular degeneration (a deterioration of central vision in certain elderly people) and cataracts, but I don’t know anyone personally who’s tried it with those issues.

Hmmm… perhaps I should make some up and give them a test to see which concentration of DMSO works best… Let me know in the Comments section if you’ve ever tried DMSO eyedrops and what concentration you used, and how it felt!

DMSO Eyedrops for Cataracts, Macular Degeneration, Floaters, Vision

18 thoughts on “DMSO Eyedrops for Cataracts, Macular Degeneration, Floaters, Vision

  • Do you think this would be good for wet macular degeneration as well as dry?
    I had taken the strong shots in the eye for the WMD but after three shots in three months my kidneys began to fail so I stopped. I’d be will to try this with some supervision.

  • I would be very curious to see how this works at the higher percentage of DMSO. The women in my family have macular degeneration and I started showing signs of drusesn behind my eyes. However, I have been taking a product called MacuHealth which seems to be keeping it almost nonexistent. My mother has very poor vision and,if this worked, it would really improve her quality of life. Ty for this article:)

  • Back in the late 70’s we used DMSO on horses for muscular issues and then we used a little on ourselves even though it was supposed to be illegal to use it on humans or wasn’t approved or whatever. Who listens? It produced a very strong garlic taste and breath when used on yourself as I distinctly remember.

    I have wet macular degeneration in one eye and receive injections for that. I can’t imagine putting DMSO in my eyes. I am very sensitive to products on my face and if they seep into my eyes they become extremely swollen and react badly. I also can’t imagine my pharmacist agreeing to put it in drops for me and I wouldn’t have a clue what any percentage of DMSO looked like to do it myself. However, if I heard it actually cured macular I would be willing to try. The eye is so low in vision now I’m not sure it would make much difference to risk it. Please keep me posted on anyone who is using it with results.

  • Sounds interesting……I have been using MSM eye drops off and on over the years. Just started using it again recently when I was diagnosed with cataracts. Seems to help some, but I would be willing to try dmso.

    1. Pinguecula white growth on eye
      Eye specialist said might be cancerous so I went home and mixed a drop of distilled water with drop of DMSO
      For a week
      Then put DMSO drop neat
      It was a little irritative
      And drying. So I went back to 50%
      I also took 20mg Lutein and Astaxanthin
      In tablet.
      The optalmologist said my vision improved.
      Second eye specialist said it wasn’t cancerous .
      The first one wanted to operate.
      No wonder I treat myself. 63.
      Only medication Kelp.

      1. Hi Zel,

        Thanks so much for reaching out and sharing your experience with us. Glad you received positive results using DMSO!

        In good health,
        Savannah B
        Customer Care

  • i ve been using 40% dmso for about a year, i used to use it daily but now i find 3 times a week is enough. I have also been making it for my uncle who needed catarac surgery and he uses it twice a day, going on 6 months now and no longer needs surgery!

    1. Hi Mac – thanks so much for sharing your experience! Do you remember what you (or your uncle) felt upon your FIRST application? Was there a burning sensation? And if so, how long did it last? Any discomfort at any time? Thanks!

  • Jini I saw the question for Mac about whether the DMSO in the eye burns. I don’t know if you know but when they do injections they put iodine wash in the eye and it burns like the dickens and it lasted for days one time. Apparently it was because they didn’t take the time to rinse it back out enough afterwards. So having iodine wash and then using eye drops with DMSO would be quite the irritant I would think. But then if the eye drops worked perhaps the injections wouldn’t be required.

    1. Hi Jocelyn, to answer both your comments… did you click through to the link in the article? Here it is and you can see there’s no iodine in the drops, just DMSO and saline:


      Why don’t you ask them about wet macular degeneration usage – and let us know what they say…?

      Interesting too that in the product description they point people towards the 20% solution if they “wish to start with a lighter approach”

      Oh wait – and they also say: “Make sure to have a tissue with you as they will sting and your eyes will water, this is normal.”

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