Friday, May 29, 2015

Eye Infection Remedy

Back in January I mentioned that Noni has a blocked tear duct, and a couple of weeks ago I noticed that the bottom eyelid of the affected eye was slightly red.  We've been dealing with the issue of the duct being obstructed for months now, but never before had the eye displayed any redness.  I knew that this was an indication that the eye may be infected, and although no other signs of an infection were present (other than the usual teariness, the inside of her eye looked normal to me), I figured we'd better take her to the doctor to get it checked out. 

Turns out the eye was infected and aside from her eyelid being red, the doctor showed me that there was a green tint to the discharge that accumulates in the corner of the eye from time to time. We were used to dealing with discharge--something that's common when a tear duct is blocked--but never before had it been even slightly green, which is an indication that there was indeed an infection. 

Infection occurs when bacteria enters the tear duct, which is generally filled with tears due to the blockage (it thrives in wet conditions).  Bacteria was most likely introduced via eye rubbing. 

In order to help clear up the infection, we were prescribed Erythromycin Ophthalmic, a petroleum based ointment that's to be applied four times a day.  (This product is also used in the eyes of newborns born in hospitals to combat disease, unless the mother states she does not want it used.)   However, several months ago I watched a video by a mother who suggested using colloidal silver to prevent and treat eye infections caused by a blocked tear duct.  I had that information stored in the back of my mind just in case, since I knew it was our intention to avoid products like Erythromycin.

As soon as we left the doctor's office, we drove to the health food store, picked up a colloidal silver spray, and started using that on her eye once we got home.  Within a day or two the infection had cleared up and the redness was gone. 
Basically, what the spray consists of is really tiny silver particles suspended in water. Silver has been used as an antibacterial agent for centuries in various cultures.  You can learn more about it via this link:
Here's the video previously mentioned where I came across the idea of its use for eye infections. 

I advise researching prescribed medications as well as alternative ones such as colloidal silver.  Regardless of which route you choose to take, it's important to be well informed about any possible side effects that medicinal products may have. 


Today Noni makes 10 months!  :-D

And she is into e.ver.ry.thing, and is getting ready to walk more and more each day!


  1. I wish I had known about this. When my youngest was born he had a blocked tear duct as well. I think they prescribed the same medicine for him. Thanks for posting this. I am going to check out what other things silver may be good for.

    1. Oh, great! I like to share what I do or have done in terms of Noni's health in case it can help someone else. And I'm going to have to get more input from you on this blocked tear duct situation. I'm trying not to get worked up about the fact that she'll soon be a year old and it has yet to open on up. :-/


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