There are several ways in treating eye pain as long as the underlying condition does not call for an emergency or immediate medical attention. Most of these treatments can generally be done at home.
- Sometimes, simply resting the eye can make the pain go away. You can do this by closing your eyes, sitting in a dark room, or covering your eyes with an eye mask.
- Use dark glasses to protect the eyes. Avoid bright lights. Sunglasses were created to protect the eyes from the brightness of the sun.
- A simple irritation in the eye caused by foreign objects or chemical exposure can easily be treated at home. Use lukewarm water or commercially prepared eyewash solution to rinse your eyes and remove the foreign object. Do not rub the eyes to prevent damage. If you are not able to remove the foreign object in your eye by rinsing it off with water or eyewash, immediately seek medical attention.
- Use eyedrops. Eyedrops can be bought over the counter. They are designed to relieve dryness and remove the itchiness and redness in the eyes by replacing the layer of tear film that keeps the eye moist and tears spread evenly throughout the eye. Eyedrops are applied 4 to 6 times a day or as needed.
- Use a cold compress or apply an ice pack to ease the pain and reduce swelling. You can also use a spoon soaked in cold or iced water. Do not apply ice directly to the eyes as it can damage your eyes and the skin surrounding them. The cooling effect helps tighten the blood vessels in the eye which lessens the inflammation in the eye. It also decreases the nerve endings’ stimulation in the eye. Hold the cold compress for 5 to 20 minutes. Repeat this over the course of the day.
- Hot compress is also used to relieve eye pain especially if the pain is caused by a stye. The heat helps unblock the pores in the eyelash area. You can use a hot compress or a washcloth that you can run under warm water. Place the hot compress over your closed eye.
- You can also put cucumber over your eyes. A cucumber has anti-irritation properties that can help in relieving swelling and pain. It contains flavonoids and antioxidants that are good in removing the irritation in the eyes and providing a remedy for eye pain. Cucumber also has a soothing effect on the eyes that help an individual recover and heal faster. Take slices of cucumber and put them inside the refrigerator for 15 minutes. Put cucumber slices on each eyelid and leave for about 10 minutes. Repeat as deemed necessary.
- Honey is also another good home remedy for eye pain. It has antibacterial properties and natural cleansing abilities that can help protect the eye from diseases. Apply a drop of honey in the eye experiencing pain. There will be a slight burning sensation in the eye which is quite normal. You can also try mixing honey with boiled water to treat an eye infection. The mixture can be used as an eyewash or eyedrops.
- Drink carrot juice. Carrots are good for the eyes because of the vitamins and minerals that they contain such as Vitamin B6, Vitamin K, folate, riboflavin, thiamin, and niacin. Carrots are rich in Vitamin E which is perfect in curing the burning sensation and the itchiness felt in the eyes. Carrots also contain beta-carotene to help cure pain in the eye.
- Rose water is another effective home remedy in relieving eye pain. Rose water has anti-inflammatory properties that help get rid of the eye pain. It also contains Vitamins A and C that help relieve the eyes from the itchiness that is caused by infections. Use an eyedropper and take 3 to 4 drops of rose water. Apply them directly in the eyes. Leave it for a couple of minutes. Use water to rinse the eyes. You can also mix rose water with distilled water or rose water with alum.
- Apply tea bags to reduce redness and swelling in the eye. Boil a tea bag in hot water. Let the tea bag cool down. Once the teabag is cool, place it on the affected eye for about 15 minutes. Repeat this 3 times a day.
- Boric acid is great in treating eye pain. It serves as an antifungal and antiseptic to the eye. It may be an acid but it is actually mild and can be safely applied to the eye.
- Aloe vera gel has a lot of medicinal properties making it a natural home remedy for various diseases. It contains 18 amino acids that make it a natural moisturizer to protect and heal the eyes. It also contains some vitamins and minerals that aid in fighting free radicals. Get a thick leaf of aloe vera. Cut the leaf and extract the colorless gel. Apply the aloe vera gel in the eyes. Let it stay for a couple of minutes to an hour. Rinse the eyes with clean water.
If the eye pain is severe and you feel other symptoms that might be associated with eye pain, immediately seek for medical assistance.