Dry eyes can seriously impact your quality of life, because it can cause blurred vision, redness or puffiness around the eyes, and can make you feel ashamed to go out in public. Dry eyes can be caused from a number of different conditions, including a cold or allergies. As a chronic sufferer of dry eyes due to nerve damage around my right eye, I can tell you that it’s not fun to live with. I have tried so many different medications to get rid of my dry eyes, but here are five really good home remedies that I have found to work better than traditional medication.
One way I have found almost instant relief from dry eyes is to use cucumber over the eye, which is an inexpensive vegetable you can buy any time of the year. Cucumbers have a high water content, which helps infuse moisture into the eye without any effort. All you have to do is buy some cucumbers, throw them in the refrigerator for a while, and then thinly slice the cucumber so that you can fit it over the top of your eyes. You want to leave the cucumber on your eyes for about 20 minutes, and you can do this as many times as you need to. The only hard part about this is that you need to lay flat so that the cucumber will stay around the eyes, so maybe apply in the evening when you can lay down in bed for a while. The best part about this home remedy is that the cucumber feels so good on your eyes when it’s cold, and whatever pieces you don’t use you can eat.
One home remedy that my grandmother always taught me to use was castor oil, which I have used since I was a child. You will need a dropper to apply it, which can be purchased anywhere for a dollar. Simply dip the dropper in the castor oil and glide it gently over the eye, you can close your eyelid and rub it around a bit if you want. Castor oil is perfect because it not only provides moisture to the eye, but also reduces inflammation, which is something I have all the time with my eye. This is a great pick because castor oil is inexpensive, and since you only need a small amount a bottle can last you a long time.
Lavender oil can be used for many types of medical issues, including relieving the symptoms associated with dry eyes. The vapors that come from the lavender oil help the eye retain essential moisture naturally, without having to add moisture through artificial means. All you have to do is take about three or four drops of the lavender oil and soak it in a bowl that contains some water. You should get cotton balls to dip into the mixture, since that is something that can cover the eye, although you can use the round makeup application pads too. You want to leave the lavender oil mixture on your eyes for about 10 minutes, since you want the vapors to go into your eye through your eyelid. What I love about this remedy is that lavender has such a calming effect, you really just become relaxed when you are applying it, and it makes you feel more comfortable.
This might seem like a really weird home remedy, but for me it has always worked, and also reduces the inflammation associated with dry eyes. All you have to do is get some white rice, fill an old sock at the bottom with the rice, and microwave the rice sock for about 14 seconds. You want to keep an eye on the microwave to make sure the sock don’t catch on fire, and to make sure the sock is at a good temperature. I like my rice sock a little hot because it does cool down really fast once you apply it onto your eye, but never apply it without testing the temperature first. I typically leave the rice sock on my eye for about 5 minutes, and it’s like instant relief. I find the rice sock trick works best if you can just hold onto the sock instead of letting it just rest on your eye, because the warmth seems to increase with pressure. I have found this to reduce the inflammation and allow my eyes the ability to hold in moisture naturally.
Warm Rag Soak
When I was little, having a warm rag around my eye was one of the most comforting things my mother did for me, and it’s still a trick I use today. This has to be the easiest home remedy for dry eyes out there, because all you have to do is grab a washcloth and soak it in hot water. You want to wring out the rag before you stick it on your eyes, and also check the temperature to make sure it’s not too hot. I prefer to stick the rag in boiling water and let it rest a minute, since the warmth tends to go away quickly once it’s applied to the skin. You want to hold the warm or hot rag on your eyes for about 20 minutes, and then reapply as needed. I have found that having one rag for each eye is better, just because the warmth stays in the rag longer. This trick works because the hot water seeps into your eyes and works as a moisturizer, plus the warmth helps relieve inflammation.