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Your eyes offer you a view of the world around you. Seeing is one of the most important senses that you possess. And it’s important that you take care of your eyes in the best way possible. Whether it is treating an eye ailment or taking care to protect your eyes from ailments. And with age eyes do take a beating. So, here are some effective homemade remedies suggested by the author in the article below, which could help you keep your eyes function better for much longer. Team RetyrSmart
Curing and preventing eye-ailments the natural way
Eye pain, also known as ophthalmalgia is a common complaint. Most people experience some or the other eye-related issues at frequent intervals. Swollen eyes, redness, irritation, pain etc. are some of the common issues that people face, which if left untreated or unnoticed for a prolonged time can turn into a serious concern.
Your eyes may hurt due to several reasons like eye strain, allergens, contact lens or excessive screen time. These eye-related problems can be easily managed by taking over-the-counter eye drops or pain killers (in case of eye pain).
Apart from that, there are some natural ways to manage this condition. Here are some home remedies that you can try for comfort from your eye-related problems.
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Saline or saltwater is a time tested home remedy to treat eye problems. The alkaline water helps to pull out dirt, discharge from your eyes that often blocks your tear ducts leading to eye problems. Saltwater also has antimicrobial property that is good for your eye health. All you need to do is mix 1 teaspoon of salt in half a litre of cooled boiled water, dip a cotton swab or clean cloth and wipe your eyes. Repeat this several times a day for best results.
Green tea bags
Not only drinking green tea is good for your health, but even the cooled tea bags also have some potential health benefits. Green tea has some powerful anti-inflammatory and soothing properties. Putting the cooled tea bags on top of your eyes can soothe inflammation and reduce swelling of the eyes. It can also help to beat stress and relax.
A warm compress is an easiest and foolproof way to get rid of any kind of eye-related discomfort and pain. It helps particularly in case of eye infections, such as conjunctivitis, blepharitis, or a stye. Several studies have revealed that pressing your eyes for 2-3 minutes with a soaked warm cloth can provide relief from eye pain and irritation. Doing this regularly 3 times a day can soothe eye irritation. Always use a clean cloth and do not use hot water, so you don’t burn yourself. This can also help to clear out debris, pus, and dried-up crusts from your eyes.
Use a humidifier
Dry air around you is another major cause of eye pain and eye irritation. For relief, you can also use a humidifier. Low humidity can cause your tears to evaporate. A humidifier increases the moisture content in the air, which in turn helps the eyes to stay moist, reduces dryness, discomfort, and pain. If you often wake up in the morning with swollen eyes or you feel discomfort particularly in the morning, then install a humidifier in your room.
Like a warm compress, a cold compress can help also to provide relief from the discomfort associated with certain eye diseases. Applying a cold compress can help to reduce the swelling in case of eye injuries and infection. For this, you need to soak a clean cloth in cool water and gently apply it to your eyes. Don’t press hard or put ice directly on your eyelids.
Rosewater is a common home remedy for treating eye-related problems. The anti-inflammatory properties of rosewater can help to get rid of pink eyes, conjunctivitis and inflammation. You can dip a piece of clean cotton in rose water and then gently rub the cotton over your closed eyelids. You can even put a few drops of rose water in your eyes.
The anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties of aloe vera gel can help to provide relief from eye pain and soreness. Mix 1 teaspoon of fresh aloe vera gel (from aloe vera leave) into 2 tablespoons of cold water. Take a cotton swab and place the soaked cotton rounds on your closed eyes for 10 minutes. Avoid putting aloe vera gel directly into your eyes.
Tulsi or holy basil also has anti-inflammatory and soothing properties, which can help to fight various kinds of eye infections. All you need to do is soak tulsi leaves in boiled water for 10-15 minutes and use cool water to wash your eyes. You can also use it as a warm compress.
70 per cent of our body is made up of water and to keep it healthy it is important to drink plenty of fluid in a day. Water keeps your eyes hydrated. Try to drink 2-3 litres of water every day. If you find it hard to drink plain water, you can drink infused water or eat hydrating fruits like cucumber and watermelon.
Rinse your eyelids
Gently massage your eyelids with warm water to unclog your tear ducts. Clean both your upper and lower eyelids, as well as your eyelashes for relief and get rid of dry eyes.
Try to stay away from cigarette smoke, fire smoke and other types of pollutants. In the case of work-related exposure, wear protective eyewear that can help to retain moisture in your eyes, prevent eye infection and reduce discomfort. The make-up products you use can also cause eye irritation. If you are suffering from eye-related discomfort then avoid using make-up for a few days. In general, do not put makeup till the eye heals.
Watching the sun directly or exposure to any kind of bright light can also worsen your symptoms and can make your eyes dry. Whenever you go out, especially in summer wear sunglasses. If you are watching television or work on a computer all day long, take a break after every hour.
The bottom line
Our eyes are one of the most sensitive organs, so avoid rubbing them with dirty hands; even random rubbing should be avoided. This can worsen the symptoms of your eye infection. Before touching your eyes, clean your hands properly with soap and water or 70 per cent alcohol-based sanitizers. Wash your eyes with cold water and pat them dry with a clean towel.
Besides, always clean and store your contact lenses in the right place and never share eye makeup or brushes with others. In case of mild discomfort and eye pain, you can try the above-mentioned home remedies. If the pain persists for more than 3 days consult an eye specialist.