Working on the computer all day can be hard on my eyes. Often, my eyes get dry and start to burn. I tried all the tear replacement drops, but none of them provided lasting relief, so I did my research online and found a few DIY eye drops recipes that really helped.
Virgin Coconut Oil
This was actually suggested as a treatment for eye parasites, but I discovered it really did help relieve my dry eye symptoms. I found the information many years ago on a Caribbean medical site, where the doctor was telling people to use three drops of coconut oil twice a day for conjunctivitis and eye parasites. I’ve seen other people online say they have successfully used it for pink eye and for dry eyes.
There is one caution about using coconut oil for dry eyes. Never use it over three days a week, and use regular saline drops in between. The coconut oil can clog up your tear ducts, which may make your dry eyes worse, if you use it too often. If your ducts become clogged, follow the directions below for warm compresses.
Read the ingredients on your commercial eye drops for dry eyes, and you will see that some contain castor oil. Castor oil is very thick, and can make your vision cloudy, so only use one drop in each eye before you go to bed at night. Within a few days, your dry eyes will be gone.
Soak a cotton ball in a bowl of iced rose water and place it over your eyes. Within give minutes, the burning will be gone. Repeat daily whenever your eyes become irritated.
Mix 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda in 1/2 cup of distilled water. Use this as an eyewash with an eye cup, or simply by submerging your eye into the solution and rolling it around for one minute. Baking soda is alkaline and acts to restore the pH balance of your eyes.
Sometimes dry eyes are caused by blocked meibomian glands, and warm compresses helps dissolve the clog. First, boil the water and cool until it is comfortably warm. Soak a rag or eye pad in the water, and wring out the excess water. Place the compress over your eyes, reheat and reapply periodically. This melts the oil in the glands, allowing it to flow and lubricate the eyes once more.
DISCLAIMER: I am not a health professional. I have used each of these remedies with no ill effects, but you must use them at your own risk. Always be careful that whatever you put into your eyes is sterile and that you use sterile droppers to apply it. Your eyes are very sensitive, so you want to take good care of them.