13 Home Remedies For Itchy Eyes + Causes And Prevention Tips

Medically reviewed by Dr. Jennifer Tsai, O.D
by Shaheen Naser

Your eyes are the windows through which you see the world around you. Any damage or irritation to them affects your daily life and makes you miserable. Itchy eyes have increasingly become a common problem for many – blame it on the changing weather or increased incidence of allergies. If you are looking for natural remedies to solve this problem, you have landed on the right page. In this article, we have listed 13 natural remedies to help relieve itchy eyes. Scroll down for more information.

Causes And Risk Factors For Itchy Eyes

This condition is also known as ocular pruritus (1). It can be caused by various factors, like allergies, infections, and a few underlying medical conditions.

The common causes of itchy eyes are:

  • Dry Eye Syndrome: Occurs due to lack of moisture and lubrication in the eyes (2).
  • Meibomian Gland Dysfunction: The meibomian glands are located in the upper and lower eyelids and secrete oil. Clogging or abnormal development of these glands may result in an insufficient amount of oil in tears. This may cause the tears to evaporate quickly and results in dry eyes and irritation (3).
  • Blepharitis: Blepharitis is a condition that leads to inflammation of the eyelids. This condition is caused by staphylococcal bacteria or eyelid mites (4).
  • Giant Papillary Conjunctivitis: This is an allergic reaction caused by contact lenses that results in itching (5).
  • Contact Dermatitis: This is an inflammatory skin condition caused due to environmental conditions (6).
  • Infectious Conjunctivitis: Infectious conjunctivitis is caused when eyes are infected by viral and bacterial infections.

The factors that can increase your risk of developing itchy eyes are:

  • Dust, pollen, and animal dander
  • Spending long durations in front of the computer
  • Advancing age
  • Menopause
  • Environmental conditions like dry air, air conditioning, and smoking
  • Medical conditions like eczema, psoriasis, and rosacea

The condition is characterized by the following signs and symptoms.

Symptoms Of Itchy Eyes

  • Itchy eyes
  • Constant watering or dry eyes
  • Swelling of the eyes
  • Redness
  • Sensitivity to light
  • A burning sensation in the eyes

Itchy eyes may interfere with the day-to-day activities and need to be treated at the earliest. Here is a list of natural remedies that may help relieve the condition.

Home Remedies To Relieve Itchy Eyes

1. Cucumber Slices

Cucumber contains antioxidants (7). It has a soothing effect on skin irritations and reduces swelling (8). The cooling effect of cucumber may help ease the itching in your eyes.

You Will Need

A cucumber

What You Have To Do
  1. Cut a cucumber into round slices.
  2. Place the slices over closed eyes.
  3. Leave them on until they turn warm.
How Often You Should Do This

Do this 1-2 times daily.

2. Cold Compress

The topical use of ice packs helps in the delivery of oil from the meibomian glands (9). It can also help soothe itching and irritation in the eyes.

You Will Need

An ice pack

What You Have To Do
  1. Place an ice pack on the affected eye.
  2. Leave it on for 1 or 2 minutes and take it off.
  3. Repeat 2 to 3 times.
How Often You Should Do This

Do this multiple times a day. 

3. Tea Bags

The epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) present in green tea improves surface inflammation in dry eyes (10). Hence, the topical application of green tea bags may provide relief from itchy and dry eyes.

You Will Need

Used green tea bags

What You Have To Do
  1. Collect the tea bags used for making teas.
  2. Refrigerate them for 30 minutes.
  3. Place the chilled tea bags on your closed eyelids.
  4. Leave them on for 10 to 15 minutes and then remove.
How Often You Should Do This

Do this whenever your eyes start itching. 

4. Cold Milk

Anecdotal reports suggest that cold milk acts as a cold compress. Thus, the topical application of cold milk may relieve itchiness and swelling in the eyes.

You Will Need
  • 1 tablespoon of cold milk
  • Cotton pads
What You Have To Do
  1. Dip a cotton pad in cold milk.
  2. Close the affected eye and place the soaked pad over it.
  3. Leave it on for about 10 minutes and then remove it.
How Often You Should Do This

Do this 2-3 times a day. 

5. Water

Water cleanses the eyes and may soothe the irritation instantly.

You Will Need

Water

What You Have To Do

Wash your eyes with purified running water whenever they feel itchy.

How Often You Should Do This

Do this 2-3 times a day. 

6. Witch Hazel

Witch hazel (Hamamelis) possesses natural anti-inflammatory and astringent properties (11). Hence, it may help in alleviating itchiness and inflammation in the eyes.

You Will Need
  • Witch hazel extract
  • Cotton pads
What You Have To Do
  1. Soak cotton pads in witch hazel.
  2. Place them over closed eyelids.
  3. Remove the witch hazel compress after 10 to 15 minutes.
How Often You Should Do This

Do this 2 times a day. 

7. Aloe Vera Juice

Aloe vera helps in soothing eye inflammation (12). Its topical application may help relieve symptoms associated with itchy eyes.

You Will Need
  • Aloe vera juice
  • Cotton balls
What You Have To Do
  1. Blend aloe vera juice
  2. Refrigerate it for 30 minutes.
  3. Soak cotton balls in the juice.
  4. Place one over each eye.
  5. Leave them on for 10 to 15 minutes and remove.
How Often You Should Do This

Do this multiple times a day. 

8. Castor Oil

Castor oil has a lubricant effect on the eyes (13). Hence, it may be a good option for treating itchy eyes.

You Will Need
  • Organic castor oil
  • Cotton balls
What You Have To Do
  1. Soak cotton balls with organic castor oil.
  2. Strain the excess oil and place the cotton balls on your closed eyelids.
  3. Leave them on for 15 minutes.
  4. Remove and wash your eyes with water.
How Often You Should Do This

Do this 1 to 2- times a day. 

9. Potato

Anti-inflammatory therapies can help in treating dry and itchy eyes (14). The glycoalkaloids present in potatoes exhibit such anti-inflammatory properties (15). Hence, the topical application of potatoes may help in reducing itchiness and swelling in the eyes.

You Will Need

A raw potato

What You Have To Do
  1. Refrigerate a raw potato.
  2. Cut it into circular slices and place one slice on each eye.
  3. Leave them for 15 minutes.
  4. Remove the slices.
How Often You Should Do This

Do this 2-3 times a day. 

10. Rose Water

Rose water has anti-inflammatory and hydrating properties that can improve dry and inflamed eye conditions (16). Rose water may be used as an effective eyewash.

You Will Need
  • Rosewater
  • Cotton balls
What You Have To Do
  1. Place two cotton balls soaked with rose water on your eyes.
  2. Leave them on for 15 to 20 minutes and then remove them.
  3. Alternatively, one can use rose water as eye drops.
How Often You Should Do This

Do this 2-3 times a day.

11. Honey

Honey possesses anti-inflammatory and soothing properties (17). It is considered a therapeutic agent and used for treating eye diseases (18).

You Will Need

1 teaspoon of organic honey

What You Have To Do
  1. Apply organic honey under your eyelids.
  2. Leave it on for 20 minutes and rinse it off.
  3. Alternatively, you can put a drop of honey in your eyes.
How Often You Should Do This

Do this 2 times a day. 

12. Essential Oils

a. Lavender Oil

Lavender oil has anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties (19). These properties may help soothe itchy and inflamed eyes.

You Will Need
  • 4 drops of lavender oil
  • 1 teaspoon of coconut oil (Carrier oil)
What You Have To Do
  1. Mix four drops of lavender oil with a teaspoon of coconut oil.
  2. Apply the mixture gently under the eyes and around the eyelids.
  3. Leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes and wash it off.
How Often You Should Do This

Do this 1-2 times a day. 

b. Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil possesses anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties (20). These properties may offer immediate relief from itchy eyes.

You Will Need
  • 3-4 drops of tea tree oil
  • 1 teaspoon of coconut oil (Carrier oil)
What You Have To Do
  1. Add three to four drops of tea tree oil to a teaspoon of coconut oil.
  2. Mix well and apply it all around your eyes.
  3. Leave it on for 20 minutes and rinse it off.
How Often You Should Do This

Do this 2 times a day. 

13. Vitamins

The deficiency of a few nutrients may aggravate the symptoms of itchy eyes. Vitamins A, C, and E are important for the proper functioning of your eyes. Individuals with itchy eyes usually have a vitamin A deficiency (21). Vitamins C and E are beneficial for the overall health of the eyes and may be used to reverse many eye infections (22), (23).

You Will Need

Citrus fruits, green leafy vegetables, carrots, turnips, kale, mangoes, and cheese.

What You Have To Do

Consume these vitamin-rich foods.

How Often You Should Do This

Consume these foods often.

While these remedies help reduce itching in your eyes, there are high chances of its recurrence if you do not follow these prevention tips.

Prevention Tips

  • Protect your eyes from direct sunlight and allergens by always wearing a pair of sunglasses.
  • Do not wear contact lenses for long durations.
  • Drink plenty of water to keep yourself hydrated.
  • Avoid rubbing your eyes.
  • Flush your eyes with cold water every now and then.

Taking good care of your eyes is very important to avoid itching and swelling. If the itchiness persists, contact an ophthalmologist immediately.

Expert’s Answers for Readers Questions

When to see a doctor for itchy eyes?

You must see a doctor if you experience:

    • Sudden eye pain
    • Vision loss
    • Pain
    • Visual changes
    • Bulging eyes
    • Signs of infection
    • Too much of tearing

What are the best eye drops for itchy eyes?

Itchy eyes are a common symptom of allergies, and in such cases, antihistamine eye drops can help.

How long does it take for an eye irritation to go away?

Normal itching in the eyes usually fades after a good night’s sleep. However, if the itching is due to an underlying infection, it may take one to two weeks to notice an improvement in your condition.

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Shaheen Naser

Shaheen holds a postgraduate degree in Human Genetics and Molecular Biology. She is a Geneticist with proficiency in Biotechnology, Immunology, Medical Genetics, Biochemistry, Microbiology, and Genetic Counseling. Her passion for writing and her educational background have assisted her substantially in writing quality content on topics related to health and wellness. In her free time, Shaheen loves to explore the world and the different flavors/cuisines it has to offer. Photography is another hobby she has developed of late.
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