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14 Effective Home Remedies For Sore Eyes

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14 Effective Home Remedies For Sore Eyes September 19, 2017

Our eyes are our windows to the world around us. Any irritation in our eyes makes us feel impaired. One such condition that can occur due to different reasons is sore eyes. It is a menace that people deal with very often. But do not let this soreness cause you any trouble by using the remedies we have compiled for you in this article.

This common ailment of the eyes is faced by everyone at some point or the other in their lives. There could be multiple reasons causing it. A few are outlined below:

  • Sun exposure
  • Eye infections
  • Excessive eye rubbing
  • Exposure to airborne irritants
  • Contact lenses
  • Incorrect glasses
  • Viral infections such as cold
  • Overexposure to the TV or laptop screen
  • Dryness due to reduced blinking or dehydration

So, the question is, “Is there a way to find relief from sore eyes?” Yes, there absolutely is. Not just one, but many easy, natural methods to give your eyes some rest. Keep reading to know more about each remedy.

Home Remedies For Sore Eyes

  1. Cold Compress
  2. Cucumber
  3. Aloe Vera Gel
  4. Castor Oil
  5. Rose Water
  6. Apple Cider Vinegar
  7. Milk And Honey
  8. Baking Soda
  9. Potato
  10. Coriander
  11. Epsom Salt
  12. Guava Leaves
  13. Calamansi
  14. Turmeric Eyewash

Simple At-Home Treatments For Sore Eyes

1. Cold Compress For Sore Eyes

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You Will Need

An ice pack

What You Have To Do

Simply place the ice pack on the sore eye for 4-5 minutes.

How Often You Should Do This

Repeat 2-3 times in a day.

Why This Works

The coldness of the ice pack will soothe the irritated and sore eye and reduce the burning sensation (1). Apart from using an ice pack, there are many alternate ways to apply a cold compress on the sore eye.

  • Use a frozen food item wrapped in a clean, soft cloth and place this over the sore eye.
  • Dip a washcloth in cold water and place it on the eye.
  • Place a metal spoon in the freezer for a couple of minutes and place this cold spoon on the affected eye.
  • Place a used tea bag in the refrigerator for a couple of minutes. Place the cold tea bag on the sore eye. You can use a green tea bag, black tea bag, chamomile tea bag, or even rooibos tea bag for sore eyes. An added benefit of using a tea bag is that the antioxidants present in it can accelerate the healing process. They also have anti-inflammatory properties that reduce the swelling often seen in sore eyes (2, 3).

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2. Cucumber For Sore Eyes

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You Will Need

  • 2 cucumber slices
  • Cold water

What You Have To Do

  1. Soak the slices in cold water for 2-3 minutes.
  2. Place this on the eyes for 10 minutes.

How Often You Should Do This

Repeat this as and when required to provide relief from the soreness.

Why This Works

It is a known fact that cucumber has a cooling effect on our body. It has the same effect on our eyes as well. It soothes the eyes and heals any soreness or irritation. If you have dark circles or puffy eyes, the cucumber slices will help to get rid of those issues as well (4).

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3. Aloe Vera Gel For Sore Eyes

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You Will Need

  • 1 teaspoon aloe vera gel
  • 1-2 tablespoons cold water
  • 2 cotton rounds

What You Have To Do

  1. Take fresh aloe gel and dilute it with cold water.
  2. Soak the cotton rounds in this and place them on the eyelids for 10 minutes.

How Often You Should Do This

Do this twice a day.

Why This Works

Aloe vera has been known to have healing properties. It has an extremely relaxing effect on your eyes because of its soothing properties. It also contains antimicrobial compounds and antioxidants that can treat the causes of the soreness in your eyes (5).

Caution

Use only fresh or organic aloe vera gel. Other varieties may contain additives that can irritate your eyes.

[ Read: Benefits Of Aloe Vera For Health ]

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4. Castor Oil For Sore Eyes

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You Will Need

  • Organic and pure castor oil
  • A dropper

What You Have To Do

  1. Using a clean dropper, administer a drop of castor oil to each eye.
  2. Leave this in overnight.

How Often You Should Do This

Repeat this every night and also once again during the day.

Why This Works

If you have ever read the ingredient list on your eye drops bottle, you must have noticed that castor oil is a common ingredient that is found in maximum brands. It has a soothing effect on your eyes and can help reduce eye irritation with its anti-inflammatory properties. Its antimicrobial activity will get rid of the infection-causing agent in your eye. Castor oil also helps to treat dry eyes, which is another common cause of sore eyes (6, 7).

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5. Rose Water For Sore Eyes

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You Will Need

  • Rose water
  • Cotton

What You Have To Do

  1. Dip the cotton in the rose water and squeeze out the excess.
  2. Place this on the closed eyelid and leave it on for 10-15 minutes.
  3. Use chilled rose water for best results.

How Often You Should Do This

Do this 2-3 times in the day.

Why This Works

Rose water is a well-known home remedy when it comes to relieving eye soreness and tiredness. You will feel the cooling sensation almost immediately (8).

[ Read: Benefits Of Rosewater For Your Eyes ]

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6. Apple Cider Vinegar For Sore Eyes

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You Will Need

  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • Cotton balls

What You Have To Do

  1. Soak a clean cotton ball in a mixture of vinegar and water.
  2. Place it on your eyelids for 10 minutes.

How Often You Should Do This

Repeat this once or twice a day.

Why This Works

This remedy can give instant relief from eye soreness caused due to infections. This is because ACV contains malic acid, which is helpful in fighting bacteria that affect the eyes (9).

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7. Milk And Honey For Sore Eyes

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You Will Need

  • 1 teaspoon warm milk
  • 2-3 drops honey
  • A dropper

What You Have To Do

  1. Mix the honey with the milk.
  2. Using a clean dropper, pour a drop or two of this mixture into the affected eye.
  3. Keep your eyes closed for a couple of minutes.
  4. Rinse the eye with clean water later.

How Often You Should Do This

Repeat this process twice a day to get relief.

Why This Works

Honey is known to possess antibacterial qualities and can effectively treat conjunctivitis and other eye infections (10). The warmth of the milk will soothe the irritation and inflammation.

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8. Baking Soda For Sore Eyes

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You Will Need

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • Water
  • A cup or a glass

What You Have To Do

  1. Take a cup or glass that can fit around your eye.
  2. Add the baking soda to it and fill it with water.
  3. Hold the eye over this water and try to keep it open for as long as possible. Try and roll your eyes around for a minute or two.
  4. Rinse out the baking soda water remnants with plain, clean water.

How Often You Should Do This

Repeat this once a day until the infection and soreness are cured.

Why This Works

This process helps in completely cleaning your eyes and flushing out any impurities that may have entered them. Baking soda is also an antiseptic that kills the infection-causing microbes present in and around the eye (11).

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9. Potato For Sore Eyes

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You Will Need

  • A potato
  • Cotton pad

What You Have To Do

  1. Peel and grate the potato.
  2. Squeeze out the juice and pour it over the cotton pad.
  3. Place the soaked cotton pad on the affected eye for 15 minutes.

How Often You Should Do This

Repeat once every day, preferably at night.

Why This Works

Potato is easily available in every household. Apart from enhancing the taste of many dishes, it can also help reduce any sort of eye inflammation. Its antimicrobial properties are responsible for this effect (12). It also soothes the irritated skin and lightens darkness around the eyes (13).

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10. Coriander For Sore Eyes

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You Will Need

  • A handful of coriander leaves
  • An eye dropper

What You Have To Do

  1. Grind the coriander leaves to extract the juice out of them.
  2. Now, take the eye dropper and suck in this liquid. Pour two drops each into both the eyes.

Although you can limit using this solution only for the infected eye, it is advisable that you pour the eye drops in the non-infected eye as well as a precautionary measure.

How Often You Should Do This

Repeat this twice a day.

Why This Works

Coriander is commonly used in Ayurvedic medication for eye infections and soreness. Its astringent properties treat the infection and provide relief from the associated symptoms (14).

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11. Epsom Salt For Sore Eyes

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You Will Need

  • 1 teaspoon Epsom salt
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • Cotton rounds

What You Have To Do

  1. Add the salt to the hot water and mix thoroughly until it dissolves.
  2. Once the temperature becomes warm and bearable, soak the cotton round in this and place it over the eye.
  3. Leave it on for 5-7 minutes. Rinse your eye (and face) with cool water.
  4. Pat the skin dry and apply a mild moisturizer around the eye to prevent the skin from drying up due to the salt.

How Often You Should Do This

Repeat this once or twice a day.

Why This Works

Epsom salt has soothing and antimicrobial properties (15). Sore eyes caused due to tiredness and infections can be easily treated with it.

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12. Guava Leaves For Sore Eyes

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You Will Need

  • 4-5 guava leaves
  • A glass of water
  • A soft facecloth

What You Have To Do

  1. Boil the guava leaves.
  2. Dampen the facecloth and place the warm guava leaves in between to make a hot compress.
  3. Place this on the infected eye for 10-12 minutes.

How Often You Should Do This

Repeat every day until the eye infection goes away.

Why This Works

Sore eyes caused due to infections can be treated with this remedy. Guava leaves possess antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and analgesic properties (16). The irritation, swelling, and pain will all be gone after a few applications.

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13. Calamansi For Sore Eyes

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You Will Need

  • 1-2 drops calamansi juice
  • 3-4 drops warm water

What You Have To Do

  1. Dilute the calamansi juice with water and pour a drop or two into the affected eye.
  2. Roll the eye a few times and then rinse the juice out with plain water.

How Often You Should Do This

Do this once a day.

Why This Works

Calamansi (or calamondin) is a citrus fruit hybrid that is commonly known as the Philippine lime. Like any other citrus fruit, it contains citric acid that possesses antimicrobial properties (17). The infection in the eye will be cleared quickly, and the soreness will eventually vanish.

Caution

Due to its citric nature, the juice can sting. This is completely normal.

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14. Turmeric Eyewash For Sore Eyes

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You Will Need

  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 glass water
  • A dropper

What You Have To Do

  1. Heat the water until it is warm and then add turmeric powder to it. Mix well.
  2. Administer a drop of this mixture to the affected eye.

How Often You Should Do This

Use this remedy twice a day.

Why This Works

The antimicrobial components of turmeric will treat the infection in the eye. Its antioxidant content and anti-inflammatory properties will give relief from the swelling and fatigue (18).

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Apart from using these sore eyes home remedies, the one thing you need to do to keep your eyes healthy is sleep well. When we sleep, our body gets rejuvenated, and we feel refreshed when we wake up. This also applies to the eyes. They are in constant use the entire time you are awake, and hence, giving them sufficient rest is important. Get 6-8 hours of sound sleep every day.

Some more tips are given below.

Prevention Methods And Tips For Sore Eyes

(a) Wearing Sunglasses And Goggles

A great number of eye-related problems can be avoided simply by wearing sunglasses. When you step out of your house and into the sun, always remember to wear sunglasses. But, purchasing just any sunglass is of no use. Make sure that the sunglasses you buy have UV protection. Also, if you happen to be a swimmer, make sure to wear goggles when you enter the pool to prevent the chlorine from affecting your eyes. Chlorine tends to make your eyes itch and has also been known to make the eyes red and puffy.

(b) Drink Lots Of Water

Your eyes need to be kept hydrated, and this can be easily done by drinking plenty of water. During the summer months, water helps in not only cooling your body but also energizing it. This also improves your immune system.

(c) Healthy Diet

Another important factor is a healthy diet. A wholesome, nutritious diet can keep you stress-free and your eyes healthy. Consume foods rich in vitamin A and vitamin C. These support eye health and enhance immunity respectively.

(d) Eye Exercises

Do simple eye exercises every day to keep the muscles in and around your eyes strong. Exercising them also relieves strain.

(e) Stress

A large number of eye-related illnesses are caused by mental stress. Lack of proper rest and sleep are the major factors behind the increased levels of stress. That is why it is important that you give your body and mind a break. Sleep for at least 8 hours every day to keep stress at bay. Practicing yoga and meditation also helps.

(f) Physical Stress

We use our eyes every millisecond we are awake. While looking at normal surroundings is alright, when you continuously stare at a screen, like computers or TV screens, your eyes experience physical stress. Every now and then, give your eyes a break by looking elsewhere at a far-off point for a few minutes. If there is a tree or a shrub around, you could look at it too. The color green is said to soothe the eyes.

Apart from these tips, we have also compiled a list of the questions we received from our readers along with their answers for your benefit.

FAQs

Is a sore eye contagious?

Yes, sore eyes are contagious when the condition is caused due to an eye infection, and there are various ways in which this viral infection can be transmitted.

How can sore eyes be transmitted?

Sore eyes can be a result of an infection, such as conjunctivitis, that could be chlamydial, bacterial, or viral, which leads to either unilateral or bilateral red eye infection. Sharing the same utensils, towels, and clothes and shaking hands with the infected person can make you contract the infection. Also, having health issues like malnutrition or low immunity increases the chances of contracting the infection. The transmission also depends on the kind of infection one is suffering from.

What is the cause of sore eyes?

Viral infections, such as pink eye, also called conjunctivitis, are the major cause of sore eyes. However, they are not the only cause. Sore eyes could also occur due to an eyelid infection, commonly known as cellulitis, or viral cold. People with dry eyes are more prone to experiencing sore eyes due to dehydration. Physical stress from staring at the TV or laptop screen for long and mental stress can also lead to sore eyes.

Is a sore eye a sign of pregnancy?

Though a sore eye is not essentially a sign of pregnancy, many women experience dryness of eyes, vision problems, and irritable eyes all through pregnancy, which could result in sore eyes. The cause of this is associated with the hormonal changes that occur in a woman’s body during pregnancy.

What are the symptoms of sore eyes?

The most obvious symptoms of sore eyes are dryness of the eyes, redness in the eyes, irritability of the eyeballs or eyelids, dull pain in the eyeballs, watering of the eyes, and blurred vision. Many experience a dry, gritty feeling that makes them want to rub their eyes constantly. If you experience any of these symptoms along with red eyes, see a doctor immediately. Discomfort, burning, eyelids stuck together, difficulty in opening your eyes after waking up, sore lymph glands, sore throat, and a runny nose are some other not-so-obvious symptoms that could be a sign of sore eyes.

How long do sore eyes last?

Sore eyes last for a couple of days after the initial symptoms appear, depending on the cause. The time taken for healing sore eyes also depends on the intensity of the infection. Conjunctivitis could be bacterial, chlamydial, or viral, depending on which the time span of healing is defined. Patients who are old or suffer from low immunity, diabetes, and malnutrition could take up to 20–25 days to recover. If proper medical care is taken and hygiene is maintained, sore eyes could heal much faster than the stipulated time.

The home remedies mentioned here have been known to be useful and effective. Trying out any one of them, or a combination of them, will surely go a long way in curing soreness in your eyes. But if the condition persists, it would be in your best interest to consult your doctor.

Watch this video for a demonstration of a few home remedies for sore eyes treatment:

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