Having sore eyes leaves your peepers looking red and feeling sore and itchy. It may be caused by excessive rubbing of the eyes or even an infection. The annoying symptoms usually peak on the 3rd to 4th day of the problem. Your entire bout of sore eyes may last anywhere from 10 to 14 days.
Wearing shades each time you step foot outside the home can hide the fact that you have sore eyes. However, it can do nothing to provide relief from the common symptoms. The following are 10 of the best home remedies for sore eyes.
Your eyes appear red because of the dilated blood vessels of the conjunctiva — the white portion of the eyes. Splashing the eyes with cold water helps relax those inflamed blood vessels, reducing the redness. You may also opt for a cold compress. Such can be done by wrapping an ice cube with a clean piece of cloth and placing it on the affected eye.
Watching or reading a tearjerker can help in managing sore eyes. Your tears are actually a mild antibacterial agent. Crying helps wash off bacteria. It also helps lubricate the eyes so there’s less friction and pain.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Combining equal amounts of organic apple cider vinegar and water allows for the creation of a soothing home remedy for sore eyes. Apply the mixture on your closed eyes using a cotton ball. Apple cider vinegar’s antimicrobial properties can help in killing off bacteria, thus minimizing the infection going on.
Dunk about 2 to 3 pairs of spoons in a glass of ice-cold water. Lie down and place the first pair over your eyes. Once the spoons are no longer cold, remove and grab the next pair and place them on your eyelids.
Everyone knows that cucumber slices help deal with dark eye circles and puffiness. The cooling effect of cucumber slices can also provide effective relief from the symptoms of sore eyes.
Green Tea Bags
Thanks to the antioxidants and antimicrobial properties of green tea, it can help in dealing with the most annoying symptoms of sore eyes. Dunk a couple of green tea bags in a cup of warm water. Allow them to steep there until the water is already at room temperature. Stash the cup in the fridge for a few minutes. Grab the teabags once chilled, squeeze out excess water and place them neatly on your closed eyes.
Aloe Vera Gel
Burns, irritation and many other skin problems can be treated with aloe vera gel. Its soothing properties may also be harnessed in dealing with the symptoms of sore eyes. Squeeze the gel out of the leaf, place it on a small saucer and stash in the fridge for a few minutes. Once chilled, close your eyes and apply the gel on the eyelids.
No, this particular home remedy does not require you to sprinkle baking soda on the affected eye. What you need to do is add a teaspoon of it in a cup filled with water. Place your eyes in the water without closing them. Roll your eyes all around to help the baking soda solution remove bacteria and impurities.
Applying rose water on your closed eyes using a cotton ball can help provide relief from the symptoms of sore eyes. It has a relaxing and cooling effect that can make the pain and itchiness less bothersome.
Milk and Honey
Milk has soothing properties and honey is a well-known antimicrobial agent. Combined, they can provide immediate relief from the pain and lessen the infection. Simply add a small drop of honey to a tablespoon of lukewarm milk. Mix and use an eye dropper to place the solution on sore eyes.