Red eye or bloodshot eyes occur due to swollen blood vessels. The blood vessels in the white portion of the eye known as sclera become swollen and dilated and cause the surface of eye to look red. This can happen due to dust, dry air, too much sun, a fragment or tiny particle in the eye, infection, cold, allergies, fatigue and injury.
Another common cause of red eye is coughing or straining the eyes too much. This leads to a bright red dense area or spot on the white of the eye. The red spot may look alarming but if there is no pain or burning then it is of no consequence and it will go away on its own in a few days’ time.
Bacterial and viral infections such as conjunctivitis, blepharitis, uveitis and corneal ulcers cause redness, intense itching, burning, discharge of fluid, pain and vision problems. The tissues that line the eyelids and the eyelash along the edge of the eyelid can become inflamed and in corneal ulcers; ulcers occur on the outer covering of the eye.
Natural Cures For Red Eye
Boil a glass of water and steep two bags of green tea into it for five minutes. Remove the tea bags and put them aside. Drink the tea to gain maximum benefits of its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties which will destroy all kinds of infection and reduce the swelling. Place the moist tea bags on each eyelid and relax for ten minutes.
The soothing properties of green tea will cool the irritated eyes and reduce the redness. Drink three cups of green tea daily and every time you make the tea, use the teabags for placing on your eyelids.
Take a basin of chilled water and dip two big and soft handkerchiefs into it. Squeeze out the excess water and fold the handkerchiefs into a square and place them on each eyelid. Repeat this process for five minutes three times daily.
The chillness will constrict the dilated blood vessels and will soothe the irritated eyes. It will also alleviate the pain and itching and reduce the burning sensation.
Drink two or three glasses of fresh carrot juice daily. Carrots are full of essential nutrients like vitamin A and beta-carotene which are crucial for maintaining eye health and good vision.
Carrots also have powerful antioxidant properties which get rid of all the harmful free radicals and detoxify the body. The juice cools and refreshes the body as well as the eyes. Also drink seven to eight glasses of water daily to eliminate redness due to dry eyes.
To reduce eye redness, splash water on your face and eyes when you wake up in the morning. Splash every few hours to bring relief in the itching and burning. Water will also help to flush out the impurities and infection causing germs and reduce the itching and puffiness.
Dip two cotton balls into some cold milk and spread them over your eyelids. Rub them gently over the eyelids for a couple of minutes. Your eyes will feel soothed and you will get respite from the itching.
Caution: Please use Home Remedies after Proper Research and Guidance. You accept that you are following any advice at your own risk and will properly research or consult healthcare professional.