Honey: A Natural Remedy for Eye Diseases

Forsch Komplementmed. 2016;23(6):364-369. doi: 10.1159/000452116. Epub 2016 Nov 3.


Honey has been considered as a therapeutic agent; its successful application in the treatment of non-healing infected wounds has promoted its further clinical usage for treating various disorders including eye disorders. There is evidence that honey may be helpful in treating dry eye disease, post-operative corneal edema, and bullous keratopathy. Furthermore, it can be used as an antibacterial agent to reduce the ocular flora. This review discusses both the current knowledge of and new perspectives for honey therapy in ophthalmology.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Anti-Bacterial Agents / administration & dosage
  • Anti-Bacterial Agents / therapeutic use*
  • Anti-Inflammatory Agents / administration & dosage
  • Anti-Inflammatory Agents / therapeutic use*
  • Complementary Therapies*
  • Eye Diseases / therapy*
  • Honey*
  • Humans
  • Ophthalmic Solutions
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Wound Healing / drug effects


  • Anti-Bacterial Agents
  • Anti-Inflammatory Agents
  • Ophthalmic Solutions