Natural remedies for red eyes can be used when there are red lines in the whites of the eyes. The white of the eye is called the sclera, which forms the eyeball’s outer coat. Small blood vessels on the exterior of the sclera can become congested with blood because of an insufficient supply of oxygen.
Causes of this condition include fatigue, pollen allergies, eyestrain, cigarette smoke, bright sunshine, dust, other irritants, staying up late at night, overwork, and consuming alcohol. Bloodshot eyes can also be a result of fragile capillaries throughout the body. High blood pressure or deficiency in specific vitamins and amino acids can also be a cause.
Individuals over the age of forty mainly experience this issue to some extent. However, if it is chronic or if you are a younger person, you may want to pay closer attention and consult a physician if any of the following remedies does not work.
Natural Remedies for Red Eyes
- Improve your diet and take vitamin A ( 5000 mg daily), B2 (100 mg), B6 (100 mg), and the three amino acids, including histidine, lysine, and phenylalanine. Suppose you consume a nutritious diet of fruits, beans, nuts, and vegetables. You may be getting the required vitamins and amino acids in that case.
- Get more rest at night. Pause and rest a little more often during the day time.
- Avoid using “eye drops” from the pharmacy. They possess an agent in them that constricts the blood vessels. This can make your whites look whiter, but the problem is not solved. Do not take the health of your eyes for granted. The redness generally appears redder than before whenever the drops wear off in a couple of hours.
- Put a cool washcloth over your closed eyes. The cold constricts the blood vessels naturally, and the moisture helps the eyes.
- Make sure to consume plenty of water; you will have adequate fluids in your tear ducts.
- Suppose your eyes are continually red upon awakening in the morning. In that case, the problem is most likely that you have a low-grade infection of the eyelids. You can treat it with a small amount of boric acid mixed with sterile water.
- Beneficial herbs for bloodshot eyes include fennel, cornflower, and eyebright. Eyebright is an excellent remedy for various eye conditions.
- Vance Ferrell Harold M. Cherne, M.D. The Natural Remedies Encyclopedia [Book]. – Altamont, TN: Harvestime Books, 2010. – Vol. Seventh Edition: 7: pp. 390, 391.