Home Remedies for Irritated Eyes

Recently, irritated eye (also known as itchy eye) is one of the most common health issues. Many people experience the symptoms at some point in their lives.

Some common causes of irritated eye include:

  • Your eyes don't produce enough tears
  • Improper wear and care of contact lenses
  • Poor eyes hygiene
  • Using expired eyes products
  • Ambient allergens or allergic reactions
  • Some infections
  • Environmental factors (such as dust, wind and sand)
  • Bacterial overgrowth

Associated signs and symptoms of irritated eye are:

  • Eye burning or stinging
  • Persistent watery eyes
  • A swollen eyelid
  • More light sensitivity
  • Unusual eye discharge

If you are suffering itchy eyes, it's important to get rid of it quickly. If you leave it untreated, it can result in further complications or even permanent vision loss.

Luckily, you can remove this problem easily at home by applying some simple natural treatments for irritated eyes.

Home Remedies for Irritated Eyes

Here are the best home remedies for irritated eyes.

1. Cold compress
Using cold compress over yours irritated eyes can help you get rid of it within two to four days.

If you're suffering from itchy eye, this natural remedy may help you keep cool and comfortable.

How to use: 

  • Wet cloth with cold water  and then squeeze out all excess water
  • Put it over your affected eyes.
  • After about 4 – 5 minutes, remove it 
  • Repeat this action 4 – 5 times a day until you notice a difference.

Or you can wrap some ice cubes in a clean cloth and place on your affected eyes, your symptoms will resolve quickly.

2. Cucumber
Cucumber is also known as an effective way to remove eye irritation and inflammation. Due to the soothing and calming effect, it can help ease eye strain and give you relief from the burning sensation as well.

How to use:

  • Take a fresh cucumber and then cut it into thin slices.
  • Put them into a bowl of ice water and leave it for 7 – 10 minutes
  • Place two of them directly on your affected eyes
  • Remove it after 4 – 5 minutes
  • Apply this home remedy for irritated eye at least twice a day to get the best results.

3. Tea bags
Due to its high content of bioflavonoids, using tea bags for irritated eye can help treat eye infections and prevent resistant bacteria from developing.
Moreover, this natural treatment can help reduce the symptoms of eye irritation as well as relax your eyes.

How to use: 

  • Put your tea bag into a warmed cup and then add 300-350ml hot water into it.
  • Wait for about 5 – 7 minutes and take the tea bag out of the water
  • Let the tea bag cool down before you apply it on your irritated eyes.
  • After 4 – 5 minutes, remove it
  • Apply this simple home remedy twice a day until your symptoms resolve. 

4. Rose Water
Pure rose water is also considered an effective natural treatment for irritated eyes. Many studies have suggested that its soothing and cooling effect can help relax your eyes and treat itching as well. In addition, rose water is useful to get rid of under eye circles and puffiness as well.

How to use: 

  • Soak a cotton pad in pure rose water and then squeeze out all excess water
  • Put it directly on your affected eyes
  • Leave it on 5 – 10 minutes before remove it
  • Repeat this home treatment 4 – 5 times a day until you feel better
  • Or you can rinse your water with pure rose water 3 – 4 times a day.

5. Cold Milk
Milk is also highly recommended home treatments for itching or inflamed eyes. Cold milk is effective at relieving the symptoms of irritated eyes such as pain, burning sensation and itchiness.
There is no scientific evidence that this natural method works but somehow milk helps get rid of dirt, toxins, irritants or pollutant. Plus it is also useful to reduce the swelling and inflammation associated with irritated eyes.

How to use: 

  • Soak cotton balls in cold milk and then put them directly on your affected eyes.
  • Leave it on for 5 – 7 minutes before remove it
  • Repeat this home remedy twice a day until you notice a difference

6. Apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is well known for its high content of malic acid which give you a fighting chance against bacterial infection. As a result, this kind of vinegar has been used so widely for removing irritated eyes for centuries.

How to use: 

  • Mix one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar with a cup of water.
  • Soak cotton balls in this mixture and then put them directly on your eyes.
  • Remove it after 5 – 6 minutes
  • Apply this home remedy for irritated eyes twice a day until your symptoms disappear.

7. Potato
Due to the astringent components found in it, potato is also known as a effective way to remove irritated eyes at home. in addition, it helps decrease the risk of developing complications such as conjunctivitis or uveitis.

How to use: 

  • Wash a potato before you cut it into thin slices. 
  • Put two of them on your eyes.
  • Leave it on for 5 – 7 minutes before rinsing it of with cold water
  • Repeat this treatment 2 – 3 times a day until you feel better

8. Chamomile tea
This home remedy can help relax and get rid of irritated eyes quickly due to its anti-irritant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-microbial properties.

How to use: 

  • Mix two teaspoons of dried chamomile flowers with 300-350ml boiled water
  • Leave it on for about 5 – 7 minutes

Strain it and wait until it becomes cooler.

  • Use this solution to wash your affected eye 2 – 3 times every day at least 2 – 3 days.

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