Eye discomfort is a common issue that many people experience at some point in their lives. It can range from mild irritation to intense pain and can be caused by a variety of factors, including dry eyes, eye strain, and underlying health conditions. Understanding the causes of eye discomfort can help you take the appropriate steps to treat and prevent it.
Dry eyes: Dry eyes can cause discomfort, irritation, and even pain. This condition occurs when your eyes don't produce enough tears or when the tears you produce are of poor quality. To help relieve dry eyes, it's important to drink plenty of water and avoid prolonged screen time. You can also use artificial tears, which are available over the counter, to lubricate your eyes.
Eye strain: Eye strain can occur when you spend a lot of time staring at screens, such as computers, televisions, or smartphones. To help prevent eye strain, it's important to take regular breaks from screen time, adjust the brightness and contrast on your screens, and use the 20-20-20 rule: every 20 minutes, look away from your screen for 20 seconds and focus on something 20 feet away.
Underlying health conditions: In some cases, eye discomfort may be a symptom of an underlying health condition, such as glaucoma, migraines, or even a sinus infection. If you have persistent eye discomfort, it's important to see an doctor to rule out any underlying health conditions.
Natural Home Remedies to decrease Eye discomfort
Here are some natural home remedies that can help decrease eye discomfort:
Cold compresses: Placing a cold compress, such as a bag of frozen peas or a damp cloth, on your closed eyes can help soothe irritated eyes and reduce discomfort.
Tea bags: Soaking tea bags, such as green or black tea, in warm water and then placing them on your closed eyes can help reduce discomfort and puffiness. The antioxidants in tea can help soothe irritated eyes.
Cucumber slices: Placing cool cucumber slices on your closed eyes can help reduce discomfort and puffiness. The cool temperature and anti-inflammatory properties of cucumbers can help soothe irritated eyes.
Warm compress: Placing a warm compress, such as a washcloth soaked in warm water, on your closed eyes can help increase blood flow and reduce discomfort.
Hydration: Drinking plenty of water can help keep your eyes hydrated and reduce discomfort.
Saltwater solution: Rinsing your eyes with a saltwater solution can help relieve eye irritation and reduce discomfort. To make the solution, mix ¼ teaspoon of salt with 250ml of warm water.
It's important to note that while these remedies can be helpful for reducing eye discomfort, they may not treat the underlying cause of the discomfort. If you have persistent eye discomfort, it's important to see a doctor to rule out any underlying health conditions.
Additionally, before using any new remedy, it is always advisable to consult a doctor to make sure it's safe for you, especially if you have any pre-existing medical conditions or allergies.
Dr. Karuturi Subrahmanyam, MD, FRCP (London), FACP (USA)
Internal Medicine Specialist
Phone : 85000 23456