When the tiny blood vessels in the sclera (the white portion of the eyes) become dilated or swollen, you end up with bloodshot eyes. Most of the time, the redness is also accompanied by other symptoms such as eye pain or itching and blurry vision, depending on the root cause.
There are many different reasons why your peepers may end up red. If you work 9 to 5 in an office, it may be due to staring at the computer screen for hours on end, or eye dryness caused by the frigid workplace air. Improper wearing or caring of your contact lenses may also leave you with bloodshot eyes. Definitely, your eyes may not only end up looking red but also itchy and watery if you have allergy, runny nose, cough or flu.
Lack of sleep can certainly give you bloodshot eyes! So is swimming in the ocean, lake or pool without wearing goggles. There are some more serious causes of red eyes that need to be identified and treated by an ophthalmologist, an eye specialist. Some examples are uveitis and glaucoma.
Provided that your eye redness is not caused by a serious eye disease, you may opt for some effective home remedies for it. See which of the following will work very well for you:
- Cold Water
Something as simple as splashing cold water on your eyes can help get rid of redness as it will help constrict those dilated blood vessels. You may also soak a pair of cotton pads in cold water and place them over your closed peepers.
- Chilled Spoons
Here’s a smart idea if you are prone to having bloodshot eyes: always stash a pair of spoons in the freezer. Simply grab them when you have red eyes and neatly place them over your eyes. Works great each time!
- Rose Water
If you have a bottle of rose water at home, simple soak a couple of cotton pads in it. Recline and place those soaked cotton pads on your eyes. Let them stay there for a few minutes to have those bloodshot eyes eliminated.
- Cucumber Slices
Placing slices of cucumbers on the peepers is not only effective against eye puffiness, but also redness. It’s a wonderful idea to stash the cucumber in the refrigerator for several minutes before slicing them up and placing over your eyes.
- Tea Bags
You may keep used tea bags in the fridge as they will surely come in handy when eye redness strikes. All you have to do is place one on each eye for several minutes and relax. Dampen with water in case your used tea bags are already dry.
- Cold Milk
Place a little cold milk in a small bowl and dip a couple of cotton pads in it. Wring out the excess and place on your closed eyes. This is not only good against bloodshot eyes, but also fine lines and sagging skin around the eyes.
Grate a small piece of raw potato and stash it in your refrigerator for a while. Afterwards, place the pulp on your eyes. Let it stay there for several minutes or until the pulp is already at room temperature.
- Apple Cider Vinegar
If your eye redness is bacterial in nature, count on apple cider vinegar to have those microbes zapped. Mix a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in a cup of lukewarm water. Dip a cotton ball in it and cleanse your eyes.
No, you don’t sprinkle salt in your eyes as it will surely aggravate the problem! What you need to do is dissolve half a teaspoon of salt in a glass of lukewarm water and use it as an eye rinse.
Bloodshot eyes can be relieved with the help of chamomile tea. Simply brew a cup and allow it to cool. Once it’s already cool, use the resulting tea in rinsing your eyes. Chamomile helps soothe eyes that are tired and irritated.