Many eye conditions require medical knowledge that optometrists and ophthalmologists has from years of training. But there are a few conditions that you can treat safely at home.
In last week’s article, we discussed the most common eye conditions. We brought up the importance of early detection for keeping your vision at its best. We also went over a short list of doctor-recommended natural treatments for these conditions. Listed below are a few more conditions that responds to home treatment along with some tips on home remedies.
Unless you wear protective goggles 24 hours a day, you are eventually going to wind up with something in your eye. It could be grit, a speck of dust, or makeup. The longer it stays there, the more irritated and swollen it will become.
Foreign objects aren't the only things that can irritate eyes. Pollen, smoke, or chlorine (when swimming) do the job just as well. If you have removed the irritant and yet, you are having discharge or abnormal symptoms, this is when you should see the ophthalmologist. Take into account that irritation can also arise from a viral or bacterial infection.
Flip your lid. You can gently push the speck down and out. Grasp the eyelashes of your upper lid between the fingers. Pull the upper lid over the lower one. This will allow the lower lashes to brush the speck off the inside of the upper lid. If the speck moves to the corner, you can remove it with the corner of a moist tissue.
Use warm water. Tap water will flush a speck from the eye. Immerse the side of your face with the irritated eye in a flat container of lukewarm water. While the eye is under water, bat the eye several times to flush out the speck.
Use a cold compress. For irritations caused by allergies, apply a cold, wet washcloth over the eyes for 5 to 10 minutes.
Pinkeye can result from an allergy to pet dander, pollen, certain chemicals, or from an infection. Viruses that contributes to the common cold can also cause pinkeye. Like the common cold, pinkeye is extremely contagious and is spread through hand-to-eye contact. Bacterial pinkeye (the most
serious type) can lead to vision loss if it is not treated medically. An eye doctor will be able to tell whether a prescription is necessary or if it is a condition that can be managed at home. If self-care is the case, you can try these strategies to help relieve the immediate symptoms and prevent the spread of germs.
Run hot and cold. Alternating between hot and cold compresses increases circulation and draws the white blood cells (infection fighters) to the eye. Soak a clean washcloth in very warm water. Wring it out and hold it against the eye for a minute. Repeat this process again by using cold water. Repeat these processes two or three times.
Try chickweed and goldenseal. Chickweed is an herb that is used to help fight infection, yet mild enough to be applied to the eyes. Brew chickweed tea and let it cool until it is comfortable to the touch. Dip a clean cloth into to tea and hold it against the affected eye while it’s closed. Repeat this process for up to an hour. For bacterial pinkeye, brew one teaspoon of dried goldenseal into a cup of boiled water. Steep for 10 minutes. Strain and allow the liquid to cool. With an eyedropper,
squirt two drops of liquid into the affected eye.
A sty is a painful red lump that has a clogged whitehead located at the base of the eyelash. This can be caused by using old makeup or not it taking it off on a regular basis. Certain medical and skin conditions can trigger them as well. Never pop a sty. This could cause rupture beneath the skin surface - making it worse. If it remains persistent or recurring, see a doctor. Otherwise, try these remedies.
A hot potato. Wrap a damp, warm washcloth around a hot potato. Close the affected eye and hold the cloth there for five minutes. Repeat four times each day for a couple of weeks. This process helps to coax the sty to break open and heal.
Go natural. Stop wearing eye makeup until the sty heals. This will include mascara, eye shadow, eyeliner, eye anything. Otherwise, the sty may spread.
Tired eyes may be a sign that you need contacts or eyeglasses. To perk them up in the meantime, try these suggestions.
Look away. If at a computer or dealing with paperwork, look up and into the distance.
This allow your eye muscles to relax. It really works!
Palming them. Rub your hands together to warm up your palms a bit. Gently position them over your closed eyes. Hold for five minutes. This will help the eyes to rest while rejuvenating them at the same time.
Got another potato? Pop some chilled slices of raw potatoes over the eyes. This will get them looking as good as new before you know it!
Valerie lives in New York. As a health advocate, she shares tips and steps on maximizing nutrition, weight, and fitness goals to help others embrace a healthier lifestyle. She blogs at Halfmile Fitness.