Home Remedies for Eye Care

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Those two peepers that stare back at you in the mirror are pretty important. Unfortunately, your eyes are under constant attack from the elements and other factors that threatens their health. Don’t worry – you don’t have to rely on prescription drugs for a solution. Home remedies for eye care can provide quick and easy relief for common problems.

Common Eye Issues

Stay up too long at night and you may wake up with puffy red eyes and bags. Cried your eyes out? Redness referred to as ‘bloodshot’ eyes may develop. There is also an infection that attacks the eyes called conjunctivitis (or ‘pink eye’), which brings redness, irritation and discharge. Over the course of your life, it’s highly likely that you’ve already encountered at least one of the most common eye issues – itchiness, irritation, fatigue, bags, black circles, and puffiness.

Eye Home Remedies

Whether it’s the start of allergy season, staying up late to watch TV, or you have to cram for an examination all night long – your eyes may pay the price in the morning. To rejuvenate, soothe and address common issues, consider the following home remedies for eye care:

a) Cold Water:

Wash out your eyes with cold water several times per day to reduce inflammation and relieve eyestrain.

b) Spinach:

To treat and avoid bloodshot eyes, eat spinach to benefit from components that promote healthy retina and eye tissue.

c) Limit Coffee Intake:

Some people experience eye twitching because they drink too much coffee. Limit your intake of coffee and other caffeinated products to lessen this reaction.

d) Vitamin A:

Since vitamin A promotes healthy vision, you can take a supplement or increase your intake of food high in vitamin A, such as vegetable soup, spinach, carrots, beef or chicken liver, cantaloupe, kale, and carrot juice.

e) A Quick Tap:

Encourage the circulation of blood and fluids from around the eyes with light tapping.

f) Pass on the Salt:

If you limit your intake of sodium when seasoning your meals, you can decrease the amount of salt in your system. Salt is known to retain water, which can cause puffy eyes to develop.

g) Ice Pack:

If you are suffering from a black eye, apply an ice pack to encourage blood vessel constriction and to keep the swelling down. This method also decreases internal bleeding.

h) Tea Bags:

Dip two tea bags in cold water to moisten, and then place in the refrigerator to chill in Ziploc baggies. After a couple of minutes have passed, place tea bags over closed eyelids.

i) Vitamin E:

Use the rejuvenating and healing properties of vitamin E oil to treat puffy eyes. Rub under your eyes to see results.

j) Bag of Frozen Vegetables:

The cold temperature that a frozen bag of vegetables possesses is enough to reduce the swelling of puffy eyes.

k) Take a Computer Break:

If you spend a lot of time in front of a computer, you run the risk of developing eyestrain and tired eyes. There is actually a condition called computer vision syndrome (CVS) that comes from prolonged computer use. Typical symptoms include headaches, blurred vision, squinting, and sensitivity to light. To eradicate symptoms, take frequent breaks from the computer. Increasing the font size on the computer screen can also help.

l) Turn Down the Lights:

If lighting creates a great deal of screen glare while you type away on the computer, try adjusting light levels around your work space.

m) Castor Oil:

Before retiring for the night, rub castor oil around your eyes to soothe tired peepers.

n) Coffee Filter [1]:

The next time you need to clean your eyeglasses, consider using a high-quality coffee filter (made from 100% virgin paper) instead of a tissue. This method will not leave lint behind.

o) White Vinegar:

Apply a couple of drops of white vinegar to the lenses of your eyeglasses to clean them off. Wipe with a soft cloth to remove dirt, sweat, and fingerprints. Do not use this home remedy to clean glasses with plastic lenses.

p) Dietary Changes:

Increase the kinds of foods that have a reputation for promoting healthy eyes, such as citrus fruits, milk, dairy products, tomatoes, and spinach.

q) Vitamin K:

Increase the amount of foods that you eat with vitamin K to lessen the appearance of dark circles. Options to consider include green, leafy vegetables, such as kale, collards, spinach, and turnip greens.

r) Sleep:

Getting eight hours of sleep will help people who battle the constant appearance of dark circles under their eyes.

s) Raw Potato:

Place slices of raw potato on closed eyes to cover your eyelids. Leave on for 15 to 20 minutes, and wash away with warm water. Some people have placed grated potato under the eyes for 10 minutes to reduce swelling.

t) Lemon Juice:

Applying lemon juice under the eyes when black circles appear can help diminish their appearance. Use this remedy two times per day for the best results.

u) Turmeric and Pineapple:

Create a dark circle healing paste for under the eyes by adding pineapple juice to turmeric powder.

v) Mint:

Applying crushed mint around the eyes is said to ease the appearance of dark circles.

w) Carrots:

The beta-carotene and vitamin A found in carrots promotes healthy eyes and improved eyesight. A few ways to increase your consumption is by drinking a glass of carrot juice in the morning, snacking on carrot sticks, or grating on top of salads.

x) Warm Compress:

If you are suffering from an eye infection, apply a warm, moist compress for at least 10 minutes to alleviate discomfort. It is suggested to repeat this remedy several times per day.

y) Cucumber:

A common eye care home remedy is the cucumber, which is known to relieve eye stress, pain and puffiness. Apply a small round slice of cucumber over closed eyes and leave on for 10 to 15 minutes.


[1] Extraordinary Uses for Ordinary Things; pg. 134