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Home Remedies For Red Eyes

Updated on June 9, 2013

What Are Red Eyes?

Red eyes affect many of us at one time in our lives, the cause may be simply not getting enough sleep each night or it could be something more serious. Red eyes are called red eyes because the appearance of the blood vessels on the white of the eyes, the skin around the eye can also appear red and swollen.

This hub is an all inclusive, everything-you need-to-know about red eyes and how to get rid of them!

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What Causes Red Eyes?

Red eyes are essentially when the blood vessels in the eye enlarge. When they get bigger the blood flowing through the vessels becomes more visible making the white of the eye appear red and blood shot.

The blood vessels often fill with blood to fight something off, this could be an irritant in the eye or it could be down to infection. Here are the few main causes of red eyes.

  • Dry Eyes Eyes often become dry due to environmental conditions, this could be down to being in a dry environment such as an air conditioned office or outside where the wind drys your eyes out. With lack of moisture in the eyes the eyelids rub on the eyes surface, this can cause friction and irritation. That is why the eye gets red and inflamed.
  • Conjunctivitis Conjunctivitis can be caused by a number of things such as a virus, infection, allergies, foreign object in the eye or a blocked tear duct in babies. The symptoms are redness of the eyes, itchiness of the eye, blurred vision, excess tearing and discharge in one or both eyes. Viral conjunctivitis usually happens after a cold and often only affects one eye, it more often affects children and can be highly contagious. Bacterial conjunctivitis usually has a thicker discharge which is more green-yellow. It will often affect both eyes and is again more common in infants. Allergic conjunctivitis is triggered by allergic reactions to things such as pollen or dust, the discharge is often white and the eyes appear red and watery.
  • Injury Injury to the white of the eye may cause the blood vessels to swell creating the red look of the eye. If injury is severe then doctors advice should be taken for treatment and to make sure there is not any serious damage. Cuts and grazes of the eye can be treated quite easily.
  • Contact Lenses Contacts lens wearers know how much contacts can make you suffer. The eye can perceive the contact as a foreign object so it goes into defensive stance and tries to get rid of the intruder. The eyes may become red and you may need to wear glasses for a few days until the eyes relax.
  • Allergies Allergies are extremely common in the summer months when pollen counts are at the highest, the pollen in the air can aggravate the eyes which makes them red, itchy and watery. Airborne allergy inducers are more likely to affect the eyes than allergies from food, this is because the go directly into the eye.
  • Tiredness When your eyes don't get enough rest they become tired, this may result in the eyes becoming red and bloodshot. Your eyes maybe sore when you blink and you will want to rub them all the time. The easiest way to stop this is by getting more sleep each night.

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Symptoms of Red Eyes

There a few symptoms that may point to having red eye. Here are a few of them:

The most noticeable would be the red appearance of the eye, usually the eye will appear bloodshot in the white of the eye. The skin around the eye may also be red too.

Puffiness of the skin around the eye may indicate that you have red eye, the skin gets swollen due to irritation of a foreign body.

Dryness of the eye is common when the condition is not related to allergies, this is most common due to being tired or concentrating on the TV or computer for long periods of time.

Watery eyes can sometimes occur, usually related to allergies. They water to get rid of any foreign object in the eyes, this can also be for example if an eyelash gets into the eye.

Discharge in the eye is common when conjunctivitis is present, they discharge can be yellow, green or white depending on what type of conjunctivitis you have.

Home Remedies for Red Eyes

Home remedies for red eyes are easy to follow and can be done immediately. Here are a few of the simplest ways to eliminate red eyes today!

  • Artificial Tears are used to lubricate the eye and are especially good when the eyes are dry and lacking moisture. They work the same way as real tears do to add moisture to the eyes surface so there is no friction is present between the eye and the eyelid.
  • Allergy Eye Drops you can buy eye drops designed to help fight against red eyes when the cause is allergies, they work by shrinking the small blood vessels in the eye. They are only designed for short-term use and if you use them too often rebound red eyes may occur.
  • Cold Compress a cold compress is perfect to helping anyone with tired red eyes. Apply a wet towel, cucumber or cold spoons over the eyes to relieve any redness or puffiness. This is an almost instant cure and will help give you an immediate bright eye look.
  • Foods Certain foods can help with better vision and control red eyes, try adding those foods into your diet and see how they help your eyes. Flax seed oil, olive oil, raw fruit and veggies, nuts and leafy greens help keep the eyes in good condition. This will also improve your overall health. Avoid foods with saturated fat, refined salt, soft drinks and anything fried.
  • Vitamins vitamins that help the eyes are vitamin A, C, E, B2 as well as the mineral zinc, including these vitamins into your diet with food or through a supplement will help the health of your eyes and your body. The antioxidant Lutein is also said to help keep the eyes healthy.


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      Reilly 5 years ago

      I have red eye because i am stupid and never took out my contacts for over a month because i didn't have any more prescriptions. Now my eye is very red and the redness has gone down and it wont go away. What do i need to do to get rid of it. It doesn't itch, its not irritating; its just red.