When the sclera, or white part of the eye becomes irritated due to dry air, sun exposure, dust or foreign bodies, an allergic reaction, infection or trauma, the blood vessels become enlarged resulting in unsightly red eyes. Over-the-counter medicines meant to reduce redness can actually harm your eyes. However, natural medicines can soothe your red eyes without any unwanted side effects. Read on to learn how to treat red eyes with natural medicine.
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Things you need
- Fennel seeds
Use homeopathic eye drops. Most over-the-counter eye drops are made to shrink the blood vessels in the eye to reduce redness, but can actually cause harm to your eyes over time. Natural homeopathic medicines made to treat dry eyes closely mimic your natural tears and can be used indefinitely without the risk of side effects.
Soothe your dry tired eyes with a cool compress, particularly if you have red eyes due to eye strain and stress. Simply place a cool wet washcloth over closed eyes and rest for a few minutes. The cool cloth will help to restrict blood vessels while closing your eyes for a few minutes will help restore moisture.
Apply a warm herbal compress to red, itchy eyes and remember not to rub. Boil 1 tsp. of eyebright in one cup of water for 20 minutes and allow it to cool to a comfortable temperature. Strain the herb and soak a clean cloth in the warm tea. Wring out the extra fluid and place over your eyes for 15 to 20 minutes, reapplying warm tea as needed.
Boil 1/2 tsp. of fennel seeds in one cup of water for 20 minutes, strain and allow the liquid to cool. Use the water as a natural eyewash to both clean and soothe red, irritated eyes.
Tips and warnings
- Catch up on your sleep. During sleeping hours your eyes are allowed to rest and rehydrate, naturally eliminating redness. If you are getting less than eight hours of solid sleep at night, chances are a little extra shuteye will be your best medicine for curing those tired, red eyes.
- Treat your eyelids and not your eyes if you notice red eyes first thing in the morning. If you wake up with red eyes, you probably have a mild case of blepharitis, a mild infection of the eyelids. Remove all makeup thoroughly and rinse your eyelids with warm water each night before bed and you will soon notice less red eye in the morning.
- See a doctor if your red eyes last longer than a few days or are accompanied by swelling, pain or loss of vision.