It is common for dirt to gets in your eye, or you accidentally squirt dust into it. Sometimes, you wake to find your eyes full of pus or mucus, and you wash your face and body with soap and water. But, is that the right way to clean your eyes?
Having something in your eye can be a little uncomfortable or be very painful, and the best way to wash it out depends on what it is. There is also the need to act quickly so you can prevent any damage to your eye and vision.
Lots of household chemicals that include bleach, drain cleaners, fertilizers, dishwater powder, glass polish, and lime products like plaster and cement, can hurt your eyes.
Home Remedies For Red or Itchy Eyes
- Cold Compress: Splash ice water on the face and eyes, then, take ice packs, ice cubes, or packaged frozen food items wrapped in a clean cotton towel and place it on closed eyelids. This is to help relieve swelling around the eyes and itching.
- Chamomile: Add 1 teaspoon of dried chamomile flowers (or a tea bag) to 1 cup of boiled water, then steep for 5 minutes, strain, allow cooling, and use it as an eyewash.
- Cucumber Slices: cut two slices of cucumber, place in ice cold water for 10 minutes and place them on your closed eyelids for 10+ minutes. Cucumbers have powerful antioxidants and flavonoids that are thought to reduce irritation.
- Tea Bags: Put a moist green or black tea bag on the affected eye for several minutes, and repeat several times a day. Moisten the teabag with cool water if your eye is swollen. Tea contains bioflavonoids that fight viral and bacterial infections and can help reduce inflammation, and the tannic acid in the tea will soothe the itching.
- Drink Plenty of Water if your eyes are irritated, your vision is blurry, and/or it feels like there is something in your eye. You are likely experiencing symptoms of dry eye, and the best way to treat dry eyes is to rehydrate your eyes and your body by drinking a lot of water.
- Chilled Spoons: Place four metal spoons in a glass of ice water and, allow to cool. When chilled, place one spoon on each eye, and as the spoons begin to warm, switch them with the spoons still chilling in the glass of ice water. Go on with it until swelling subsides. The cool nature of the metal spoons constricts the blood vessels, which helps decrease redness and puffiness in the eye area.
- Witch Hazel: Witch hazel has been used for inflammation by the native Indians. Use a gauze pad or cotton balls soaked in witch hazel as a compress over closed eyes, since witch hazel has astringent properties that help reduce the swelling.
- Aloe Vera Juice: Freeze aloe vera juice and then mix with a bit of cold water. Then, using a clean piece of cotton, put this mixture over your eyes, and enjoy the soothing effect. Aloe vera gel is known as an excellent natural skin moisturizer, and you can apply some on your eyelids or around your eyes to ease the pain. The vitamins and minerals in the aloe vera gel fight off free radicals near the eyes and prevent wrinkling of the skin.
- Castor Oil: Purchase a clean dropper, wash and rinse well. Suck 100-percent pure castor oil into the clean dropper, and administer one drop of oil into each eye before going to sleep. Vision may be clouded for a while because of the oil, but it is used up overnight.
- Apple Cider Vinegar: Mix 1 Tbsp pure apple cider vinegar with a cup of water, and use this mixture to wash your eyes, using a cotton ball.
- Attar: this is special oil made from rose petals that contain vitamins A and C, which are both good for the skin. It also has anti-inflammatory ingredients, which is essential to the treatment of burning eyes and similar conditions.
- Calamansi: This is a quick alternative to eyedrops. It contains citrus that will help ease the pain in the eyes and contains vitamin C, which not only cleanses the eyes but also protects them. Mix up Calamansi with water and drop some over the infected eye.