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How to Get Rid of Bloodshot Eyes Quickly - 6 Steps

Updated on September 19, 2013

Red Bloodshot Eyes

Hearing the term bloodshot eyes or red eyes might give you the chills but this condition is often just a mild irritation of the eyes. It occurs when the blood vessels in the eyes get irritated and dilate, causing your eyes to appear red. While bloodshot eyes are rarely severe, it can still be troublesome and annoying. Your get dry and itchy eyes, which can interfere with your daily activities. Luckily, there are a lot of ways on how to get rid of bloodshot eyes. Read on and find out home remedies that will remove the redness and bring back the sparkle in your eyes.


What Causes Bloodshot Eyes?

When trying to get rid of bloodshot eyes, it is first important to understand what causes it. The most common causes of bloodshot eyes include: eyestrain, exposure to allergens or irritants, dry air, coughing, infection, and alcohol consumption. If you know what irritates your eyes, you can easily prevent having bloodshot eyes in the first place.


6 Steps to Get Rid of Bloodshot Eyes

1. Use cold or hot compress.

Splashing cold water over your eyes or applying a cold compress shrinks the blood vessels, reducing eye redness and irritation. If your bloodshot eyes do not come with itching, use a warm compress instead. You can also try using cold and warm compresses alternately throughout the day.

2. Try artificial tears.

Many have probably told you to use medicated eye drops to get rid of bloodshot eyes fast, but this is not a very good idea. Using medicated eye drops can help treat bloodshot eyes fast but if used frequently, you might develop dependence and find yourself needing the eye drops even if you do not have red eyes. A better alternative is artificial tears, which you can buy at your local drugstore. Artificial tears are closer to your natural tears and help moisturize your eyes, reducing dryness and itching.

3. Avoid allergens and irritants.

As mentioned above, it is important to determine what causes your bloodshot eyes. If you get bloodshot eyes after being exposed to smoke, dust, or other irritants, stay away from those triggers next time.

4. Eat tomatoes.

Love tomatoes? Whether you answered yes or no, you might want to try eating ripe tomatoes first thing in the morning. Ripe tomatoes are an excellent source of Vitamin C, which makes the walls of the blood vessels stronger. You can also eat other foods high in Vitamin C, such as citrus fruits, guavas, and dark leafy greens.

5. Install a humidifier.

People usually get bloodshot eyes during the cold and dry winter months. You can work your way around this by installing a humidifier in your house. This helps increase the moisture in your home. Just make sure that you clean the humidifier regularly to avoid breeding of bacteria.

6. Rest your eyes.

Maybe you watched television or stayed in front of your computer for too long. Give your eyes a chance to rest. Stay in a dark room and close your eyes for at least 15 minutes. Do this as often as possible. Also avoid reading in a poorly lit room and spending too much time in front of the computer or television. In many cases, you can get rid of bloodshot eyes just by simply resting your eyes.


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      Cliff Mendrez 5 years ago from Philippines

      wwolfs, thanks! Eye care is indeed very important. Thanks for reading!

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      wwolfs 5 years ago

      Nice hub with great information and tips. Taking care of your eyes is very important. Thank you for sharing.

      Voted up and useful!

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      Cliff Mendrez 5 years ago from Philippines

      Thank you, Sandy!

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      SandyMcCollum 5 years ago

      Good write up! You explain, teach and inform.

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      Cliff Mendrez 5 years ago from Philippines

      ithabise, thanks! Hope you found it useful.

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      Michael S. 5 years ago from Winston-Salem, NC

      Love the information and tips here. Nicely researched.