10 Great Home Remedies For Sore Eyes
Sore eyes happen for many reasons. This article lists the eight most common reasons for sore eyes, along with simple home remedies to prevent or fix the problem. Along with the eight reasons why eyes get sore, this article will also discuss a couple of general natural remedies for eye care.
One reason why a person’s eyes get sore is because they don’t get enough sleep. While you sleep your eyes have the chance to rest and prepare for the next day. If you do not get enough sleep, then your eyes will not have enough time to recharge and be ready for the next day. This can cause your eyes to feel tired, like they are stinging or burning, or just like they aren’t working as well as they should. If you want to get enough sleep then you should aim for at least eight hours a night. If you cannot get that much sleep at night, then try to make up the time in the form of naps.
#2. Computer Screens
Most people spend a large amount of their time on computers or their phones; whether it be for school or work people’s eyes are focused on screens for most of the day. This can put a strain on the eyes can cause them to feel like they are burning sometimes. When working on a computer, you should take a break for fifteen minutes for every hour you are using the computer, ideally. If you are at work, then you can’t really do that. If you need to be looking at a screen, try to take twenty-second breaks every twenty minutes. Try to focus on something else in the distance for twenty seconds after you take a twenty-second break from staring at the screen. This is known as the 20-20-20 rule, and it can be a very helpful natural remedy for sore eyes.
The outdoors can be a beautiful place, but sometimes it can be a dangerous place for your eyes. Try to avoid going outside if you can on high smog level days and on high pollen level days. Although they are small things, they can be a big irritation for your eyes. Also, if your eyes are sensitive, you should not smoke or stand next to someone who is smoking, as the smoke can negatively affect your eyes.
Wearing your contacts for too long can also make your eyes feel uncomfortable. The best way to avoid this is to take out your contacts when you get home, or at least before you go to bed. While some contacts can be worn to bed, most shouldn’t. If you have to, set a reminder on your phone or leave a sticky note by your bed or in your bathroom. Also, make sure to keep your contacts in their solution when you are not wearing them, so that when you do wear them they can be as comfortable on your eyes as possible.
If you rub your eyes too much it can definitely cause some irritation. If your eyes are already irritated, like if there’s something in your eye, don’t rub your eye to try to get it out. Rubbing your eye because your eye feel uncomfortable will only make your eyes feel even more uncomfortable. Refrain from rubbing your eyes as much as possible.
Allergies to food, pollen, and animals can all cause irritation to the eyes. Mostly, allergies just seem to make eyes itchy and watery. When your eyes get like this, remember not to rub them. If you know that you are going to be around an animal that you are allergic to, or if it’s pollen season, then take an allergy pill before you come in contact with the allergen. For pollen allergies, the best natural home remedy is to wear sunglasses and scarves to keep as much pollen off of you as possible.
#7. Dry Eyes
Dry eyes, commonly caused by staring at a screen for too long or doing some other eye-tasking activity is not uncommon. The best natural remedy for this is to use eye drops. They don’t need to be medicated to work either. Even if you just use a small amount of cold water and an eyedropper, or if you just splash some water into your eyes, you can do a little to moisten your eyes. Even just by drinking water you can help to keep your eyes from getting dry.
#8. Sun Exposure
Staring at the sun or other bright lights can make your eyes feel like they are burning. One of the easiest natural home remedies to avoid this is to wear sunglasses when it is bright out. This will make the rest of the world seem a little darker, and it will help your eyes to not be shocked by the intensity of some bright lights. Wearing sunglasses is also useful when it snows and the sun is shining off of the snow and making everything look bright white.
#9. Stay Hydrated
Keeping your whole body hydrated is important if you want to keep your eyes from drying out or getting too easily bothered by screens or bright lights. To be adequately hydrated you should drink around six to eight glasses of water a day. If you exercise or live in a hot climate, then you might want to drink even more water than that.
Just like how it is important to keep your whole body hydrated if you want your eyes to be moist, it is also important to keep your whole body on a healthy diet if you want your eyes to be healthy. Try to stay away from fast food and other processed foods and try to make more meals and snacks at home with natural ingredients. Fill your diet with fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean meats.
Hopefully these simple natural remedies can help you out with whatever is causing your sore eyes.