How to cure irritated red eyes

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How to cure irritated red eyes
(Maggie Hira)

Irritated red eyes can have a variety of causes. Allergies and lack of sleep are two of the main culprits. Irritants that get into the eye including pollen, dander, dust and even make-up can lead to redness. Anti-inflammatory herbs and hydrating eye drops are a few of the treatments that can help to cure irritated red eyes. In some cases, red eyes can be a sign of a serious illness and should be evaluated by a doctor.

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Things you need

  • Artificial tears
  • Cold compress
  • Antihistamine eye drops
  • Green tea

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  1. 1

    Use artificial tears to cure irritated red eyes. Sometimes, red eyes are a result of excessive dryness. Artificial tears act as lubrication to hydrate dry eyes. Artificial tears should be used often (at least 4 times a day) for best results.

  2. 2

    Use a cold compress. It reduces fluid retention and constricts blood vessels in the eyes, removing redness. You can use a package of frozen peas, or wrap some crushed ice in a small towel and press it against your eyes.

  3. 3

    Use green tea. Steep a few bags of it in boiling water. Allow it to cool, then soak a small washcloth in the mixture. Wring out the excess and place the tea-soaked washcloth over your eyes. Green tea has anti-inflammatory properties to soothe redness and irritation.

  4. 4

    Use antihistamine eye drops. If you suspect the red eyes are a result of an allergic reaction, antihistamine drops are the best solution.

Tips and warnings

  • Try not to wear eye make-up until the redness subsides.
  • Avoid touching or scratching your eyes.
  • Wash your hands often to prevent the transfer of bacteria and other irritants.
  • Consult an eye specialist immediately if the irritated red eyes last more than 2 days.
  • Consult a doctor if you have any type of discharge from either eye.

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