The eyes happen to be one of the most delicate organs of the human body. This probably explains why we are not able to handle any form of injury or infection in them. Eye infections can usually occur due to the presence of a foreign particle like dust of grime etc. in the eyes that can trigger a bacterial or viral infection in the same. In certain cases, bacterial infections can also occur due to constant use of contact lenses.
Eye infections are extremely painful to handle and can literally leave some sightless until the underlying infection is completely cured. In most cases however, an eye infection would cause telltale symptoms like pain, inflammation, redness, itching, irritation, water secretion, yellowish/greenish discharge, blurred vision and photophobia etc.
Excellent Home Remedies For An Eye Infection
An eye infection can be easily treated with the help of certain home remedies, the most common of which are given below.
Used Tea Bags
You can easily treat an eye infection using used tea bags (not old ones though). Tea bags contain substances called tannins that would get rid of the infection and its cause quickly and effectively. The tea bags would also reduce the pain and itching felt in the infected eye.
Method: Soak a few tea bags in warm water for about 10 minutes. Remove the tea bags and place them on the infected eye for about 15 minutes until you get relief from the symptoms of the infection. Repeat the procedure at least thrice a day for extended relief.
Note: If warm tea bags don’t have any effect on the infected eye, try soaking the tea bags in cold water instead. The chillness would cool the infected eye and reduce the burning sensation caused by the infection.
Apart from your tears which would pretty much do a decent job of removing foreign particles from your eyes, hot compresses can reduce the pain and inflammation caused by an eye infection to a great extent. Placing a hot compress on the infected region of the eye can also improve the blood circulation to the area and promote quick healing from the infection.
Method: Take a soft piece of cloth (a towel would work well) and roll it into a ball the size of your fist. Place the cloth ball above a heated surface so that it absorbs the heat. Now place it gently on the infected region of the eye until the heat reduces. Reheat the cloth ball and place it on the infected eye again. Repeat the same until the pain, irritation and swelling come down to an extent.
Coriander seeds are considered very effective in dealing with a variety of eye infections. When used regularly, they can easily treat a painful eye infection as well as keep recurring infections at bay.
Method: Boil a handful of coriander seeds in water (about 1 cup) for about 10-15 minutes. Let the resultant solution cool down to room temperature. Now wash the infected eye with the solution repeatedly until the pain and swelling come down to an extent.
Acacia leaves can drive out the infection causing pathogens from your eyes and reduce the symptoms of the condition to a great extent.
Method: Take a handful of acacia leaves and boil them in water (about 2 cups) for about 10 minutes. Let the resultant solution cool down to a warmth you can handle. Now roll a soft piece of cloth to form a ball, dip it in the solution and place it over the infected eye for a good 5 minutes. Repeat the same for about 3 times. You would start to notice the pain and irritation draining away within a short span of time.
The Aloe Vera plant has potent healing properties that can cure an eye infection and speed up the recovery process. The antibacterial properties of the plant would also get rid of the infection completely and prevent recurrences.
Method: Cut a part of the aloe vera leaf and place the juicy side on the infected region for about 10-15 minutes for relief. You can also grind some aloe vera leaves in a blender and extract the juice. Add some water to this juice and use the resultant solution as an eye wash at regular times throughout the day to get extended relief from the pain and discomfort caused by the infection.
Another method involves extracting the juice from some Aloe Vera leaves and dipping a soft cloth into the juice. Place the cloth on the infected eye to get instant relief from the infection and its symptoms.
If you have a recurring eye infection, then the best way to treat is by using guava leaves. These leaves can reduce the infection and its symptoms significantly, and cure it completely within a short span of time.
Method: Warm a few guava leaves above a low flame and place them in a damp cloth (dipped in hot water). Place the damp cloth gently on the infected eye for about 15 minutes until the swelling and redness decrease. You may have to reheat the leaves and repeat the procedure a couple of times until you get significant relief from the condition.
The potent healing properties of essential oils like lavender, chamomile or rose oil etc. can help cure an eye infection completely in addition to reducing its symptoms significantly.
Method: Add a few drops of rose, lavender and chamomile oil together. Heat the oils over a low flame until they become warm. Add a few drops of this mixture onto a soft cloth and place it over the infected eye for about 15 minutes. Repeat the same procedure for at least twice a day for desirable results.
Turmeric has antibiotic and antiseptic properties that would both treat an eye infection effectively and promote quick recovery. Using turmeric as eye drops or as a rinse regularly can cure the infection quickly.
Method: Powder a few pieces of turmeric and mix a teaspoon of this powder in water (about 2 cups). Rinse the infected eye with this solution at regular intervals throughout the day for relief. Alternatively, you can use a dropper to apply a few drops of the solution directly on the infected area in the eye for a quick and effective response.