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HERDIN Record #: PCHRD012208030107 Submitted: 22 January 2008 Modified: 22 January 2008

Can virgin coconut oil as an eye drops treat dry eyes?.

Elsawalhi I. Basel

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Objective:To determine the effectiveness of virgin coconut oil as an adjunct in the treatment of dry eyes syndrome.
Study design:a clinical trial study.
Setting:Out patient department,department of Ophthalmology, MCUÃÆ'Æ'Æ’ÃÆ'†â€™ÃÆ'Æ'¢ÃÆ'¢â€Ã...¡Ã‚¬ÃÆ'…¡ÃÆ'Æ'Æ’ÃÆ'¢â‚¬Ã...¡ÃÆ'Æ'â€Ã...¡ÃÆ'‚­
FDTMF hospital.
Methodology:This is a pilot study in which patients who have been
evaluated to meet the diagnosis of DES during the month of February,2006 at the Ophtha OPD will be treated with polyvinyl alcohol alone for two weeks then with polyvinyl alcohol virgin coconut oil treated eye drops for another two weeks.DES tests will be conducted before and after each course of treatment.
Results:This study has shown the BUT before and after treatment with PVA and VCO using the paired T-test.A significant increase jn the BUT after PVA < 0.0001 second and a more significant increase after the VCO use was noted. It also hows the difference in the BUT after PVA and VCO use which shows a mean increase of 1.91 +/- 1.84 in the right eye compared to an increase of3.64+/- 1.71 seconds after VCO use.
Conclusion:The study revealed that evaporative states of dry eyes syndrome could greatly benefit from the use of virgin coconut oil as an adjunct in treatment.

Publication Type
Research Report
November 30, 2005


General Objectives:
To determine whether evaporative states of dry eyes syndrome can be treated with virgin coconut oil in cases that tailor poorly
respond to conventional treatment.

Specific Objectives:
1.To evaluate the effect on VCO on the tear break up time on patients that poorly respond to treatment with poly vinyl alcohol.
2.To determine the effect of VCO on both Schrimer's tests I and II in relation to treatment before and after with PVA and VCO.
3.To determine whether VCO could be used as an adjunct in the
treatment of rvaporative states of DES in cases that fail to or poorly respond to conventional treatment.

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Manila Central University-Filemon D. Tanchoco Memorial Foundation 369 Abstract

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