This week, Ben Fogle tweeted about using breast milk to treat an eye infection.

Daniel Hardiman-McCartney MCOptom, Clinical Adviser at the College urges readers not to follow Ben’s lead: “I would strongly advise against using breast milk for anything other than feeding babies.  There is no evidence about whether it works or whether it is safe in treating eye infections. If it is not stored correctly or becomes contaminated it could result in harm. Its use for anything other than breastfeeding should be discouraged.”

If you have any concerns about the health of your eyes, please visit your local optometrist. Optometrists are the eye-health specialists on the high street, and an eye examination is a vital health check that should be part of everyone’s normal health care.

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