Cloudy EyesBLOWDRYER METHOD:
When I have a doll with cloudy eyes first I clean the eyeball with doll cleaner or vinegar and a toothpick and Q-tips. This way you can see if it is just film is on the outside or has spread to the inside. If it has spread inside then the first thing I try is the blow dryer method.
Hold the dryer so that it blows directly on the eye(s). This can take awhile and you may want to do it for about 10 minutes at a time to see what happens. If it looks like it is working then you can do it longer. I usually do this a few times in a day.
If they do not completely clear up then I use a combination method
I use a product called De-solv-It. I like this product best but am told Orange Glow works too. I have used other cleaners but a oil based cleaner seems to work best.
This method does involve getting the eyes wet. I have only used this method on vinyl heads.
** Do not use this method if the head is hard plastic or the eyes are set on a metal rocker.
First I lay the dolls head back and spray the cleaner filling the eyes. Then I start flushing with hot water for several minutes keeping the head tilted back. I turn her over, let the eyes drain and repeat the process. Sometime I will alternate between cleaner and vinegar (which helps to kill the mold). This process can be repeated several times until they clear up. After they are clear lay dolls face down on a towel for about 10 minutes to let the water drain out. Then I follow this by using the blow dryer method again (see above). On rare occasion they will cloud back up after a few days. If this happnes start the process again.
This method has worked on 95% of the dolls I have tried it on with NO damage.
Another alternative is buying a vintage table top hooded hair dryer. Long story but a friend of mine accidently stumbled on this for curing her dolls cloudy eyes. Set doll under the dryer for about 30 minutes checking periodically. She swears it clears them right up !!