How to Fix Tired, Red, Itchy & Yellow Eyes

Updated April 17, 2017

Perhaps you've been putting in longer hours at the office, the new baby has been keeping you up at night, or maybe you are dealing with an infection. Whatever the cause, your eyes tell the story of sleeplessness, strain, injury and stress. Red, tired, itchy and yellow eyes may simply be caused by dryness; however, the symptoms may indicate more serious conditions such as ultraviolet damage.

Visit your eye health professional for a full checkup. Your doctor will be able to determine the exact cause of your condition and advise you on the best treatment.

Apply "natural tear" drops whenever you feel your eyes becoming dry and itchy. These drops will lubricate the surface of your eye, providing relief and soothing your symptoms. Select a drop that is free of preservatives as harsh chemicals can further irritate your eyes.

Replace moisture in your environment with a humidifier. Follow the directions on your specific model and install the humidifier in both your workplace and bedroom. Use warm water and allow the humidifier to run for several hours in order to hydrate the air and soothe your eyes.

Fill your prescription for medicated eye drops. Many conditions require cortisone or steroid drops to heal. Follow the directions carefully and apply the drops as instructed.


Visit your doctor before pursuing any home treatments for eye conditions. Red, itchy, yellow eyes can indicate serious health issues.

Things You'll Need

  • Eye drops
  • Humidifier
  • Medicated eye drops
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Ava Perez cut her journalism teeth in 2005 while balancing her university studies with a voracious appetite for fashion, music and beauty. Her music reviews, interviews and editorials have been published in numerous magazines worldwide. She specializes in writing beauty, health and fitness-related articles for various websites. Perez holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications from York University.