Sometimes, it appears that having a healthy pair of eyes with optimally functioning eyesight is much easier said than done. You may wonder what makes me conclude that. Well, it may seem like my personal opinion, but is it really? According to stats, it’s not:
More than a million people in the US end up suffering from some type of eye infection every single year, according to TechTimes.
Fact of the matter is that you can stay away from most of these infections by adopting a healthier lifestyle with proper hygiene, and more importantly, correct identification can help you treat many of these at home.
This write-up is about home remedies of 3 of the most common eye infections, i.e. Conjunctivitis (pink eye), Stye and Blepharitis, which are not an imminent threat to your vision though, but can expose you to extreme pain, irritation and itchiness. So, let’s have a better look at them:
A highly contagious infection, conjunctivitis is also known commonly as “pink eye”, which results in inflammation to the outer layer of the white region of the eye, also affecting the inside of the eyelid.
About 65% of the conjunctivitis cases get cured without any treatment in 2 – 5 days, while the treatment involves the reduction of the itchiness of the eyes.
Different symptoms manifest different types of conjunctivitis, i.e.:
Allergic Conjunctivitis: Pain, itching and redness/pinkness of the eyes
Viral Conjunctivitis: Increased tearing, periodic itching and redness in the eyes
Bacterial Conjunctivitis: Dryness appearing in the eyes and the skin surrounding them, redness or pinkness of the eyes, eye discharge leading to formation of a crust while sleeping
There are three main causes of conjunctivitis or pink eye:
There may be some other causes, such as:
Foreign bodies (like a lose eyelash) in the eye
Pollution (indoor as well as outdoor) caused by agents like dust, fumes, smoke or chemical vapors
Fungal intrusion in the eyes
Parasitic or amoebic intrusion in the eyes
Determining the cause of conjunctivitis precisely may not be possible, because there are some common symptoms in each case irrespective of the cause of the infection.
Home Remedies for Conjunctivitis
Using a Compress for Conjunctivitis: All you need for this conjunctivitis home remedy is a soft towel and a bowl of cold or warm water, depending upon your preference. Simply, soak the towel in a bowl of cold or warm water, wring it out with ample moisture remaining in it and apply it to your infected eyes. Let it rest there until the itchiness settles. It’s advisable to use a separate towel for each eye and use new ones every time you repeat the compress.
Using Honey: Take a bowl and add water and honey in it in equal parts. Stir the mixture well and soak a couple of cotton balls in it. Now apply them over your eyes. You should repeat the exercise two to three times a day while the symptoms subside.
The formation of a pimple-like red lump on any of your eyelids (upper or lower) is referred as a “stye”. This happens when the oil glands present in your eyelids are infected. Though it’s quite painful, but usually settles down by itself within a few days or around a week at most.
Major symptoms of stye include:
Red colored, pimple-like inflammation on the eyelid
Swelling in the eyelid(s)
The main causes of stye may include:
Infection or inflammation of the eyelash follicle
Clogging of the small oil glands sitting around the eyelid, which serve to drain the oil into the eyelashes through ducts. The clogging disrupts the draining process of the oil, resulting in swollen and inflamed gland, which causes the stye
Home Remedies for Stye
Using a Warm Compress for Stye: Dip a small towel in a bowl of mildly warm water and wring out without draining the whole moisture. Place it over the infection and let it rest for 10-15 minutes. You may repeat the drill several times a day.
Using a Black Tea Bag: Put a bag of black tea over the stye on your eye, but make sure that it is not too hot. Let it rest over the stye for 5 – 10 minutes and repeat as needed.
A non-contagious inflammation of the eyelid, blepharitis is not considered as a sight-threatening eye disease. However, in some cases, it can result in permanent alterations of the eyelid margin. Capable of affecting both eyelids, it usually involves the part of the eyelid where the eyelashes grow. Often, blepharitis turns into a chronic condition, which appears quite unsightly, but no permanent damage is caused to your eyesight by this infection.
Some of the major symptoms of blepharitis include:
Redness of the eyes
Swelling in the eyelids
Sticking of the eyelids
Dandruff-like flakes forming on the eyelids
Pinpointing the exact cause of blepharitis isn’t possible, as there may be a host of factors associated with it, such as:
Dandruff formation on the scalp and eyebrows, referred commonly as “Seborrheic Dermatitis”
Facial redness caused by a skin condition known as “Rosacea”
Malfunctioning or clogged oil glands of the eyes
Various allergies, sometimes caused by contact lens solutions, eye makeup or as a reaction to medication
Mites or lice in the eyelashes
Home Remedies for Blepharitis
Using Warm Compresses for Blepharitis: Apply a towel, soaked in warm water wrung sufficiently to retain enough moisture, onto the infected eye and let it rest for 5 – 10 minutes. Remove the dandruff-like crust from the eyelid using a moist cotton ball afterwards. You can repeat the procedure several times a day.
Using Teabags: Cover the infected eyelid with the help of a warm teabag until the itch subsides.
Consuming Healthy Fats: Food sources like nuts, avocado, seeds, olive oil and coconut oil can help decrease inflammation and assist the skin in healing.
We hope you can take better care of your eye infections using these home remedies, and don’t forget to consult an eye doctor if the problem seems to persist. You can have a look at some of the most common eye diseases here.