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!