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Natural Remedies For Eye Infections

If you have an infection in your eye, you need an eye exam. If you're in a situation where you can't visit an eye doctor immediately there are a few things you can do to help prevent the infection from getting worse. By using these tips, you should be able to reduce eye infections. Here's a look at some simple strategies you can use.

Create a Cold Compress 

A cold compress is a good way to help reduce the effects of an eye infection. If there is swelling, a cold compress can diminish it. You can make a cold compress by soaking a piece of cloth in some cool water and then applying it to your eye. You may also freeze a piece of wet cloth and then put it in a plastic bag. You can then place the plastic bag over your eye.

Salt and Water 

Saltwater, also called saline, is one of the best treatments you can use for an eye infection. Since saltwater has similar properties to your tears, it is very effective in cleansing your eyes. You can buy sterile saline solutions at your pharmacy. You can also make it yourself at home. Just boil some water under high heat and then allow it to cool. You can then stir in a few drops of salt into the water until it dissolves. Pour the solution into a clean bottle.

Use Tea Bags 

Tea bags can also be used for an eye infection. Cool tea bags by placing them in cold water. You can then close your eyes and place the bags over them. Try using either green, black, or chamomile tea because these teas have anti-inflammatory properties that can help to reduce the infection.

Preventing Eye Infections 

Preventing an eye infection is not that difficult. There are some things you can do to help prevent the problem in the first place. For example, you should avoid touching your eyes as much as possible and wash your hands frequently. Clean your makeup brushes often and make sure you are careful when placing contact lenses in your eyes. Adhering to these simple tips can help prevent you from getting an eye infection.

Having an eye infection can make life uncomfortable. Due to the sensitive nature of your eyes, the sooner you can see a doctor for your eye infection, the better it will be for you. Fortunately, if you can't see your eye doctor right away you can use the remedies that have been given here to help smooth your eye infection until you can see your physician.

Contact a local optometry service to learn more.