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If you feel like you need something more effective than cold spoons, you can use ice packs. There is no need to buy any special ice packs as you can make them yourself at home. Take a few ice cubes and wrap them in a clean, cotton cloth. Lie down and place the wrapped ice over your eyes. Keep it on for 15 minutes and you will feel a great relief from the pain. Ice will reduce the redness, itching and swelling in no time. You can repeat the process two to three times a day for quicker results.
Eye drops can bring a quick relief when your eyes are dry, itchy and red. However, you have to know what kind of eye drops to chose for your problem. It’s like with syrups for a dry and wet cough. If you chose the wrong one, it won’t give you the expected result. That’s why it’s best to talk to the pharmacist or your doctor and ask them what kind of product will be best for your condition. Very often people don’t know what the cause of their red eyes is and with professional help, they will not only be able to identify the problem, but also choose the right product for the problem. If you use eye drops, remember that most of them can only be used up to three moths from the day they get opened. Later they not only lose their properties but can also be harmful to your eyes.
Give It Time
If you get a subconjunctival haemorrhage, which looks like a small, dark red spot on the sclera, the best treatment might be simply time. This broken blood vessel cannot be healed overnight and usually is not accompanies by any other symptoms, like pain or itchiness. Your blood vessels can burst when you rub your eye too vigorously, lift something heavy or even when you sneeze and they are not a sign of any serious eye condition. However, since it’s not very common, once you notice that it happens relatively often, you should contact the doctor who will check you ocular pressure.
Do Allergy Tests
If you can relate the eye redness to certain seasons – when pollen is present in the air larger amounts – or situations, for example when there are dogs, cats or a lot of dust around you, you might be reacting to some allergens. Many people can identify the allergens that trigger red and teary eyes and a running nose. In those cases, they can avoid them or eliminate them from their environment. Things get more complicated when it turns out that you are allergic to a new pet that you have already fallen in love with. In that case, you should do allergy tests to confirm it and ask the doctor for anti-histamines that will reduce the symptoms of your allergy.
Tea bags are a very simple and quick way to reduce the redness of the eyes. Tea not only reduces the symptoms of red eyes but also has gentle anti-inflammatory properties. While it won’t help you to get rid of the inflammation completely, it will stop it from spreading. You can use black or green tea or any kind of herbal tea for this treatment. Soak two teabags in water, squeeze the excess water out, lie down and relax with the teabags placed over your closed eyes for 20 minutes. For best results, you can cool them down in the fridge before the application.
Obvious as it may sound, some people forget to give their eyes a break from make-up and chemicals. Even though most eye cosmetics and make-up products are tested and manufactured from ingredients that shouldn’t cause any adverse reaction, it often happens that leftovers of make-up cause a serious irritation and eye redness. This might be either due to an allergic reaction to one of the ingredients or due to an improper make-up removal routine. Choose hypoallergenic products for your eye make-up and eye make-up removal. Every day remove all the make-up thoroughly but remember not to rub the eyes too vigorously as it will not only cause eye redness but also damage your eyelashes. Also, remember to use products dedicated to eye make-up removal, rather than the same one that you use for your face. It might be too harsh for your eyes and will cause irritation.
Cucumber is well known for its soothing, cooling and rejuvenating properties. You can make a cucumber mask by grating half a small cucumber and place it over your closed eyes. Keep the mask on for 15 minutes and rinse off with cold water. You can cool it down in the fridge for best results, as the low temperature will help shrink the blood vessels. Alternatively, you can simply use two slices of cucumber and apply them onto your eyes for 20 minutes.
Get a Good Rest
One of the most common causes of red eyes is the lack of sleep. It’s not only about the amount of hours you sleep, it’s also about the quality of sleep. Make sure you sleep in a room isolated from noises and light so that nothing disturbs your rest. Before you go to sleep, relax and read a book or do some breathing exercises rather than check the updates on social media on your smartphone. Exposing your eyes to blue light blocks the production of melatonin, called the sleep hormone. This means that it will take you more time to fall asleep after you’ve already put the phone down.