How do you get rid of itchy, irritated eyes?

There are several factors that could cause you to experience excess dryness, irritation and itching in the eyes. Some of the most common causes of itchy, irritated eyes include:

  • Allergens such as food items, cleaning products and animal dander
  • Use of certain cosmetics (especially eye makeup), lenses and lens solution
  • Conditions like blepharitis and dry eye syndrome
  • Inflammation of the eyes, like Conjunctivitis (sore eyes) or the pink eye
  • Foreign bodies like dust entering the eye
It is always best to consult a doctor in case of eye irritation and itchiness. Your doctor will conduct a few tests to determine the exact cause of the problem, before prescribing medicated eye drops or ointments that help get rid of the uncomfortable symptoms.

There are several home remedies that are also quite effective in alleviating eye irritation and itchiness. Given below are some of the most effective home remedies for immediate relief from minor eye problems:

  • Cold Compresses: Ice helps reduce inflammation in almost any part of the body, but it cannot be applied directly to the eyes. Wrap a few ice cubes in a thin towel and place it on your eyes for at least 10 to 15 minutes. This reduces not just the itching, but also soreness and redness in the eyes, if any.
  • Teabags: The antibacterial properties of herbal tea can get rid of any infection-causing bacteria and reduce the uncomfortable symptoms. Dip a fresh teabag in some clean water for a few minutes and wring out the excessive water. Refrigerate this teabag for a couple of hours before applying it on to your eye. For best results, use chamomile tea.
  • Cucumbers: Many commercial creams and lotions for the eyes contain cucumber, because it has a soothing effect on the eyes. This remedy also helps relieve puffiness and swelling in the area. Take a cold cucumber and cut it into thick slices. Apply one slice of chilled cucumber over each eye for at least 15 to 30 minutes
  • Potatoes: You can alleviate puffiness, dark skin, irritation, redness and soreness around the eyes with the help of cold, raw potato. Take two small baby potatoes and wash them thoroughly. Grate the potatoes with their skin and leave them in a refrigerator for an hour or so. Apply the cold potato on to the eyes and leave it on for at least 30 minutes, before rinsing your eye with some cool water.
Other effective home remedies for relief from eye irritation and itching include Aloe Vera gel, warm compresses and rosewater. You should also try to rest your eyes as much as possible, so that they can recover from the problem at a faster pace.

While these remedies are safe if used correctly, check with a doctor before trying any of them.



answered by A S

  • Place a washed cold wet cloth over the eyes and relax for 20 minutes. (Change the cloth at 10 minutes interval).
  • Place cold tea bags on the eyes. The tannic acid present in tea will help to relieve the irritated feeling.
  • Place very thin cucumber slices on the eyes and relax for 30 minutes.
  • Don't strain your eyes more and sleep well, at least for 8 hours daily. If you indulge in activities where eyes are strained for long hours, prefer taking mini breaks in between.

If the problem is not solved in few days followed by swelling, infection or more irritation then consult a specialist.

answered by S P

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