20 Home Remedies for Sore Eyes

By on September 3, 2015

Sore eyes, also known as conjunctivitis, are a very widespread and common eye infection that affects people of all ages. It is an exceedingly contagious condition which mostly occurs in the conjunctiva as well as in part of the eyeball. Once infected with sore eyes, the blood vessels in the eyes darken, giving it a reddish or pinkish appearance.

It is quite a menace for people to deal with in their day-to-day lives. Clear vision is something that we are all dependent on. Naturally, an ailment that hinders our vision is a massive nuisance to us. But unfortunately, most of us cannot hide from sore eyes. All of us will face this problem at some point in life.

What causes sore eyes?

Both bacteria and viruses could cause conjunctivitis. If these microbes are able to invade the lining of the eyes, it could cause the inflammation. Foreign objects in the eyes or allergies could also cause conjunctivitis. In turn, chronic conjunctivitis causes the inflammation of the eyes, which is responsible for all the symptoms of this disease. Chronic conjunctivitis can be caused due to microbial infestation. Some of the common symptoms which can be easily detected are the redness of the eyes. Constant itching with a red eye sometimes can be pink too. The eyes are swollen, watery, discharge from your eyes too. It can be painful too and sometimes in such condition too much light is not bearable for many. Both bacterial and viral conjunctivitis symptoms are the same. From seeing the symptoms, the cause of the infection cannot be determined. Pink eye conjunctivitis is very infectious and it is recommended that people who have this infection should stay away from others who may be susceptible to it. Some of the Pink eye conjunctivitis symptoms include roughness in the eyes, pain, swelling, tearing, cream colored discharge, and difficulty in blinking.

Though most people resort to allopathic medicines and ointments to reduce inflammation and to get rid of this infection, there are several home remedies for sore eyes that are natural yet effective for treatment.

1. Aloe Vera


Aloe Vera gel is known to be beneficial for many ailments and sore eyes are one of them. Soak a clean piece of cloth in aloe vera juice and wipe your eyes with it.

2. Cucumber

It is a known fact that cucumber has a cooling effect on our body. It has the same effect on our eyes as well. When you go to a beauty parlor to get a facial done or when a mud pack or any other herbal pack is applied to your face, slices of cucumber are often placed on your eyes. This is done to protect your eyes from any chemical that might be present in the packs. It also happens to have a soothing effect on your eyes. The best way to use the cucumber slices is to first soak them in ice cold water for approximately 10 minutes and then put them on your closed eyelids for another 10 minutes. This is bound to heal any soreness or irritation that your eyes may be affected with.

3. Castor Oil

If you have ever read the ingredient list on your eye drop bottle, you must have noticed that castor oil is a common ingredient that is found in maximum brands of eye drops. So, what you can do is buy a dropper and use it to suck in pure castor oil and apply 1 or 2 drops each to both your eyes. This has a soothing effect on your eyes and can help to reduce eye irritation. You can repeat this process as many times as you need in a day.

4. Coriander

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Coriander is just as effective in treating sore eyes. Make a decoction using some coriander and a little water and use this decoction as an eye wash. It helps a lot in relieving the burning sensation as well as pain.

5. Chamomile

Add 1 teaspoon of dried chamomile flowers to 1 cup of boiled water. Steep for 5 minutes, strain, let cool, and use as an eyewash. May also be made into a compress. OR, add 12 drops of tincture of chamomile to 1 cup of boiled water, cool, and use as an eyewash.

6. Rose Water

Rose water is quite a well-known home remedy when it comes to relieving eye soreness. The process is easy. All you need to do is dip a piece of clean cotton wad in rose water and then gently caress the cotton over your closed eyelids. You will feel the cooling sensation almost immediately!

7. Warm Milk & Honey

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Honey has amazing anti-bacterial properties. Making an eyewash with warm milk and honey can help to soothe and treat conjunctivitis. Use equal parts of both honey and milk, making sure the milk is warm (not boiling). Mix together the remedy and keep stirring until the honey becomes smooth in the milk. Use an eyedropper and drop 2-3 drops into your eye several times a day. Alternatively, you can use this mixture as a compress. The anti-bacterial properties in the honey and the soothing effects of the milk will start to work immediately.

8. Goldenseal

Make a solution using 2 teaspoons of the herb to a cup of boiled water and use for a warm compress. May also be used as eyedrops, 2-3 drops, three times daily.

9. Amla

Drink the juice of Indian gooseberry(Amla), with a teaspoon of honey added to it twice on a daily basis. Indian gooseberry effectively fights the infection and boosts immunity naturally.

10. Apple Cider Vinegar

Soak a clean cotton ball in a mixture of one tablespoon of pure apple cider vinegar and water, and then apply it to your eyes to give instant relief to your eyes. This is because it contains maleic acid, which is helpful in fighting bacterial infections that affect the eyes.

11. Potato


Grate a potato and place on the eye. It is an astringent and will help reduce the inflammation. The potato may also be made into a poultice and placed over the eye for 15 minutes. Do this for three successive nights.

12. Baking Soda

Take a cup or glass that can fit around your eye. Add a teaspoon of baking soda and fill the glass or cup with water halfway. Hold the glass or cup over your eyes and try and keep your eyes open for as long as possible. Try and roll your eyes around for a minute or two. This process helps in completely cleaning your eyes and flushing out any impurities that may have entered.

13. Tea Bags

Tea is a very popular home remedy for treating sore eyes. Tea contains bioflavonoids, which are helpful in fighting various bacteria and infections. You can place some black or green tea bags on your eyes for several minutes to help decrease inflammation. You should moisten the tea bags in case your eyes are swollen. In case you feel itchiness in your eyes, the tea bags will help to reduce that too since it contains tannic acid. You can also make a solution by draining the tea bags and use it as eyewash!

14. Cold Bread

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This is probably an unheard procedure. But it works! All you need to do is get two loaves of cold bread and place them on both the eyes. This helps in decreasing any inflammation, irritation or itchiness that you may be feeling in your eyes. BELIEVE IT! It works!

15. Frozen Vegetables

Wrap a bag of frozen vegetables in a thin towel (you want to be able to feel the cold through it). Place it over closed eyes for 10 minutes.

16. Chilled Spoons

If your eyes have swelled due to soreness, this is one method that you can apply that will help to decrease your pain quickly. First of all, you should take at least four metal spoons and place them all in a glasses of cold water individually. Now, once the spoons have become chilled, place them over your eyes. As the spoon starts to lose its coolness, switch it with another chilled spoon. Keep repeating this process until you find relief. This method works because the chilled metal spoons restrict the blood vessels, which in turn help in reducing the puffiness of your eyes.

17. Crying

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Now, we do not want you to be upset! But crying does help. Crying helps to lubricate the eyes and washes out the impurities from the eyes. However, it is normally not possible to simply start crying at the drop of a hat. But there is a way that can be used to induce the same effects as crying. By adding table salt to a liter of distilled water you can create your own homemade saline solution. Now, use a dropper to put this solution into your eyes. The burning sensation that this solution will produce will make artificial tears appear in your eyes!

18. Artificial Tears

You can also use Artificial tears if you can’t make yourself cry. Artificial tears are a good way to lubricate your irritated eyes. Add two drops of artificial tears twice a day. It will help moisten the eyes. However, do not use lubricating drops that contain preservatives for more than 3 to 4 times a day.

19. Wear Sunglasses

A great number of eye-related problems can be avoided simply by wearing sunglasses. When you step out of your house into the direct rays of the sun, always remember to wear sunglasses. But, purchasing just any sunglass is of no use. Make sure that the sunglass you buy has UV protection. Also, if you happen to be a swimmer, then make sure to wear goggles when you enter the pool to prevent the chlorine from affecting your eyes. Chlorine has a tendency of making your eyes itch and has also been known to make eyes red and puffy.

20. Drink Lots of Water


One of the easiest and most natural home remedies for dealing with eye soreness is drinking lots of water. Your eyes need to be kept hydrated and this can be easily done by drinking plenty of water. During the summer months, water helps in not only cooling your body but also energizing it. This helps in improving your immune system.

Apart from all these sore eyes home remedies, the one thing you need to do to keep your eyes healthy is sleep well! A large number of eye-related illnesses are caused by stress. Lack of proper rest and sleep are major factors behind the increased levels of stress. That is why it is important that you give your body and mind a break! Sleep for at least 8 hours every day to keep stress at bay.

Another important factor is a healthy diet. A wholesome, nutritious diet can keep you stress-free and also keep your eyes healthy!

The home remedies mentioned here have been known to be useful and effective. So, trying out any one of them, or a combination of them will surely go a long way in curing your eye soreness. But if your eye soreness still persists, then it would be in your best interest to consult your doctor.




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