There are many causes for dry irritated eyes: allergies, lack of sleep, minor injury, just to name a few. If you suffer from severe or prolonged dry eyes then you should see your doctor for treatment options. I suffer from dry eyes due to seasonal allergies. Over the years I have tried many home remedies. I have found five home remedies that work every time and bring almost instant relief.
1. Use a warm compress.
Depending on the situation I use a moist or dry compress. If I am at home with no makeup on I use the moist compress, if I am out and about or have on cosmetics I use the dry compress. For a moist compress you can fold a washcloth to fit over your eyes and wet it with warm water, wring it out well and place it across your closed eyes until it cools off. The dry compress is a homemade cloth rice bag that I made just big enough to cover my eyes. If you don’t know how to make a cloth rice bag you can find a great tutorial at Bevcooks.com, no sewing machine required. If you are in a real pinch you can fill a clean sock with rice and close the end with a rubber band or pony tail holder. To heat your rice bag, pop it in the microwave for 30-45 seconds. Use extreme caution when using the rice bag. Do not put it on your eyes if it is hot, wait for it to cool off until it is just warm.
2. Wash your eyes with mild soap daily.
This little gem of a home remedy I picked up at mayoclinic.org. They suggest, “Use baby shampoo or another type of soap recommended by your doctor. Put the soap on your clean fingertips and gently massage your closed eyes near the base of your eyelashes. Rinse the soap completely away.”
3. Give your eyes some chamomile tea.
I have used tea on my eyes for various reasons over the years. Last year I came across an article on healthreviewcenter.com that covers the benefits of using chamomile tea Tony Nguyen writes:
“The oil of chamomile tea leaves contain certain anti-inflammation properties. They have been commonly used as a useful home cure for dry eyes for a long time. You should soak 2 chamomile tea bags in a hot water cup for at least 5 minutes. After the water cool enough that you can touch it, you should dip 2 cotton balls in the water. Then, you should apply a small cotton ball soaking into this water to your dry eyes to relieve the irritation caused by inflammation and also replenish moisture” (2013).
4. Put some moisture in the air.
Adding moisture to the air helps relieve dry eyes. You can purchase a humidifier. I have a homemade solution; I keep a simmer pot on the stove. If we have any fruit in the house I will put the fruit peel in the simmer pot, if not I add a little cinnamon and vanilla. My eyes feel better and my house smells great.
5. Add some healthy oils to your diet.
The Mayo Clinic and the Health Review Center also both recommend taking Omega-3 fatty acids. This reduces inflammation. It isn’t a fast relief option, but it is beneficial to your eyes and your heart.