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10 Tips on How to Treat Red Eyes

October 12th, 2014

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Have you ever experienced looking at the mirror and getting confronted by a set of bloodshot eyes? Want to know how to deal with it? Red eyes are a very common optical problem, caused by overworking, allergies or injury. Now you can’t solve this problem by simply donning your favourite sunglasses (although you can protect your eyes by wearing them for the timebeing); leaving red eyes unattended could lead to some complications. And if you can’t go to the doctor just yet – the cure might be easy and more practical after all. Just for starters, try these tips if you want to reduce the reddening of your eyes:


  1. Use eye drops. There are two types of eye drops available. One is ideal for red eyes caused by allergies, as it contains phenylephrine, which causes the blood vessels in the eyes to constrict. Another is best used to treat dry eyes; take note that the first type of eye drop may not be effective on dry eyes. When using eye drops, it’s best to follow the instructions in the bottle or as recommended by your doctor.
  2. Drink water. Dehydration is one of the main causes of swelling of blood vessel in the eyes. So keep yourself well-supplied with fluids.
  3. Use a water compress. Get a wet towel and gently compress it over your eyes. Red eyes are usually the result of dehydration, which can occur for several reasons. You can also splash cool water to your face before donning the compress.
  4. Put ice in the compress. Wrapping a few ice cubes in a towel and pressing it gently on your eyes can also soothe it and reduce the swelling. In case you don’t have ice cubes in the freezer, you can simply wet a towel and leave it in the freezer for a while.
  5. Use teabags as compress. Aside from reducing the swelling in your eyes, tea bags are also known for treating puffy eyes and decreasing the dark circles around it. For best results, use caffeinated black tea or decaffeinated green tea. You can either refrigerate the bags for 15 minutes or immerse it in hot water before use.
  6. Go with cucumbers. Much like using a compress, cucumbers are great in treating red eyes. It’s also a good way of reducing the dark circles around your eyes as well as those wrinkles nearby, though this is yet to be proved scientifically.
  7. Try rosewater. There are two ways you can use rosewater to treat swollen eyes. One is to soak a few cotton balls with the solution and dab it gently after a few minutes of refrigeration. The other is to refrigerate cucumber slices immersed with the liquid and use it afterwards.
  8. Limit your time in front of TV or computer screens. Staring at television and computer screens for a prolonged period of time dehydrates the eyes. For all you know, that swelling you’re experiencing right now is caused by too much time using the internet. So quit it for a short while.
  9. Have a proper diet. The nutrients you need to have healthy eyes include Omega 3, fatty acids, vitamins B2, B6, C and E, Lutein, Zeaxanthin and Zinc. These can usually be found in tuna, salmon, and various kinds of nuts and seeds.
  10. Get some sleep. Sometimes the reason why you have red eyes is because you lack sleep. Studies show that seven to eight hours of sleep can enable your eyes to self-heal.


Taking care of your eyes is very important. After all, it’s the only pair you’ll ever have! These tip can help you prevent or reduce red eyes. For more serious eye problems, consult your doctor.



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