A lot of the time, their seasonal allergies manifest in the form of red, itchy, and irritated eyes. So in order to help them and any of you who might be suffering from irritated eyes, I thought I’d share some great home remedies in today’s blog post! We’ll start by exploring the various causes of red eyes, then we’ll dive into a list of effective at-home eye irritation treatments!
What Causes Red Eyes?
There are many things that can irritate your eyes and leave them looking swollen and bloodshot. Here are just a few of the most common causes of red, itchy eyes:
- Allergens, including pollen, dirt, pet dander, etc.
- Air pollution
- Dry air, like in arid climates or airplanes
- Chemical exposure, like swimming in a chlorinated pool
- Overexposure to sunlight
Remedies For Irritated & Itchy Eyes
1. Rose Water
Rose water can be really helpful for soothing sore eyes. Just soak a cotton pad in rose water and place it over your eyes. This will provide immediate relief, and most of the soreness and burning should be gone after about five minutes.
Chamomile can be very soothing for irritated eyes. Add 1 teaspoon of dried chamomile flowers or a chamomile teabag to 1 cup of boiled water. Steep for 5-6 minutes, strain, and let the tea cool completely. Pour the cooled tea onto a cotton pad and apply it around your eyes. You can also use the cooled tee in a cold compress!
3. Cucumber Slices
Packed with soothing antioxidants, cucumber slices are a classic remedy for eye irritation and inflammation. Cut two slices of cucumber and place them in ice cold water for 10-12 minutes to chill them. Then place the chilled cucumber slices on your closed eyelids and relax for 10-12 minutes.
4. Tea Bags
Tea contains tannic acid that can help soothe itchy eyes. Use a green or black teabag to prepare a cup of tea, then allow the teabag to cool completely. Place the cooled teabag over your eyes one at a time to help soothe itchiness and reduce inflammation.
5. Stay Hydrated
If your eyes are irritated, your vision is blurry, or it feels like there is something in your eye, you may be experiencing symptoms of dry eye. And the best treatment for dry eyes is hydration! Make sure you’re drinking plenty of water throughout the day to keep your eyes well hydrated and support your general health.
6. Aloe Vera
And speaking of aloe vera, you can also use Aloe vera gel as a remedy for itchy eyes!