Winter snow is a beautiful sight for our eyes, but the cold weather can also cause many extra vision complications. Infections can be easily caused during the winter. Protect your eyes and keep them healthy with these tips in exception of any season.
Home remedies for types of eye infections
A black eye
There are signs of more serious symptoms of a black eye. The symptoms are blurred vision, blood in the eye, or inability to move the eye, a black eye can generally be treated at home. Apply an ice pack to the eye for 15 to 20 minutes at a time, once every hour to reduce swelling and ease pain. You may also use a bag of frozen vegetables or ice cubes wrapped in cloth to protect your skin from freezing.
Pink eye (Conjunctivitis)
Most cases of pinkeye are caused by a virus and so don’t respond to antibiotics. Viral conjunctivitis will disappear on its own. For pinkeye (conjunctivitis) fill a glass jar with distilled water and in that add 7-8 Jasmine flowers. Cover it with a lid and leave it overnight. The next morning pours drops of water in your eyes with the jasmine flower. Keep repeating till your eyes get soaked. Do this at least three times a day to notice the difference.
Eye allergies cause red, itchy and teary. The source of allergy is whether it’s pollen, pets or mold. If you can’t eliminate the source entirely, there are ways to minimize its effect with eye allergy treatments. Wear sunglasses when you go outside as pollution causes irritation to your eyes. Use allergen-reducing covers for your bed if dust is the problem. Make a warm aromatic compress using the essential oils of chamomile, rose oil, or lavender. Heat the compress and let the healing effects of the oils that treat your eye infection.
- You can also use the therapeutic juice of aloe vera as an eye wash.
- You can put honey directly in your eyes or make a honey eyewash by using three tablespoons of honey in two cups of boiling water.
- Make an elderberry blossom tea and use it as eyewash, to soothe your eyes.
- Use artificial tears to moisten your eyes, to flush out the foreign body.
- To reduce inflammation and itchiness you can keep cold bread over your eyes.
A stye may look nasty as it’s usually harmless and goes away within a week. You can treat it at home by running a washcloth under warm water, wringing it out, and placing it over your closed eye. Repeat the process several times, i.e., three to four times a day for at least a week. The heat will help to unblock the pores in your eyelash area. Don’t wear eye makeup or your contact lenses while you have a stye. And don’t pop or squeeze the stye. If so, it can spread infection to surrounding areas of your eye. To get rid of stye you can use hot compresses on the swollen lump with the help of hot cloth.
- Sty/ styes can also be treated by soaking a tea bag in warm water. Place this bag over the stye. Let it stay for a few minutes. This makes the sty/stye shrink to half its size due to the tannic acid present in the tea. Repeat it until the stye/ sty is dry.
- Use guava leaves for people suffering with stye problem. These leaves should be warmed and kept in a damp warm cloth. It helps to reduce redness and welling. Use this damp cloth as a compress.
- Prepare a natural eye wash solution by boiling a tsp of coriander seeds in 1 cup of water. It helps in treating sty’s.
- Aloe vera has great healing properties. It is very useful in treating stye problems. Apply aloe vera gel on the sty.
- If you have a stye in your eye, a hot compress is the fastest way for such an eye infection treatment. Make a ball of cloth, heat it, and use it to apply heat on the swollen stye. This helps in improving blood circulation, allowing the stye to come to a head so that it can drain out.
Other viral eye infections (viral keratitis)
Besides common pink eye, other viral eye infections include ocular herpes. It occurs with exposure to the Herpes simplex virus.
- Prepare eye drops by mixing one tsp turmeric powder in 2 cups of water. Use this at least three times a day. Use it till the swelling subsides.
- Prepare herbal eyewashes by using 1 tsp dried eye bright herb steeped in 1 pint of boiling water. Cool and strain this liquid and use it as eyewash.
- Boil some acacia leaves in 2 cups of water for 5 minutes. Use this solution as a warm compress on the eyelids at least for 4-5 minutes.
- You can make a warm compress by using chamomile, lavender, or rose oil for conjunctivitis.
- Avoid swimming in chlorinated water.
- If there is a burning sensation in the eyes, try using a soaked tea bag on your eye. Simply soak two tea bags in cold water for a few seconds and then place them over your closed lids. This cool up the eyes and treats the burning sensations.
- Soak Aloe vera juice in a cloth to be placed over eyes to soothe. Aloe vera juice can be used as eyewash by following a similar procedure.
- Natural eyes, wash solution, which is an excellent remedy for eye infection. Boil a spoonful of coriander seeds in a cup of water. Sieve the solution and use the water to wash your eyes.
Conjunctivitis and other eye infections often spread during the winter. Be sure to wash your hands and avoid touching your eyes if possible. Also avoid sharing any products that come in contact with your eyes, like makeup brushes. These are homemade tips used for avoiding infections.
Home remedies for eye infections
Warm compresses best natural treatment for eye infections
The warm compress is the most effective home remedy for styes and conjunctivitis. The heat from the warm compress helps to increase blood circulation and promotes healing. This can reduce pain and swelling. Thus, it can prevent further infection. Dip a clean cloth or towel in hot water and wring them out with the excess water. Hold this warm moist cloth on your closed eyelid for about 5 minutes. Repeat the process for a few times. Clean the oily debris or scales that are collected on the eyelids or eyelashes. Use this treatment several times a day for better results. Use separate two warm compresses for each eye, when you have an infection in both the eyes.
Honey treatment for eye infection
Honey is rich in antibacterial property. This helps to kill the harmful bacteria that cause infection. The effect of honey is on the ocular flora in tear deficiency and meibomian gland disease. Use honey or organically raised honey. Mix equal parts of honey and distilled water. Use a clean cotton ball and apply the solution to the eye. Try this treatment for 2 – 3 times a day until symptoms have cleared. Drop of honey directly in the eye through natural tearing. Honey helps to get rid of any dirt, debris or discharge in the eye. Repeat it 2 – 4 times a day.
Chamomile to prevent eye infection
Chamomile is the best treatment for eye infection as it has anti-irritant, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. This helps to get an incredibly effective treatment with conjunctivitis. The natural soothing and calmative property that helps to reduce redness, irritation and under eye puffiness. Take 1 teaspoon of dried chamomile flowers in a cup of boiled filtered water. Cover them and steep it for about 5 minutes. Now, strain the solution and let them cool down at room temperature. Use this solution to clean the inner as well as outer eye. Repeat it for every couple of hours throughout the day.
Apple cider vinegar to treat eye infection
Apple cider vinegar is the effective home remedy as it is rich in malic acid. This has unpasteurized apple cider vinegar with antimicrobial agent. This fight against bacterial infections. This helps to remove germs and debris from eyes that promote healing. Take 1 teaspoon of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar in a glass of filtered water. Dip cotton in the solution and use it rinses the infected eye. Repeat the process a few hours for a few days.