4 Quick Tips to Treat Simple Eye Disorders

4 Quick Tips to Treat Simple Eye Disorders

Even with universal health care going into effect, sometimes running to the doctor for every little thing is too costly, both time- and money-wise.  To help defray some of those costs, there are some home treatment tips and tricks that you can use.  Today, we’ll focus on simple eye disorders and four quick ways that you can treat them at home without having to run to the eye doctor.

Still, it does bear mentioning that disorders of the eye can quickly become aggravated and lead to temporary or permanent vision loss or blindness.  Eye disorders aren’t anything to be played around with so if you suspect your is more serious than a simple disorder, saving a few bucks isn’t as important as saving your eyesight—get to an eye doctor ASAP.

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4 Eye Simple Eye Disorders and Quick Ways to Treat Them

With that out of the way, here are four quick tips that you can use to treat these simple eye disorders:

1.  Treating Black Eyes.  Black eyes can be more serious if they are accompanied by blood pooled in your eye, blurred vision or complete inability to see from or move the eye, but otherwise, you can typically treat black eyes at home.  Since black eyes are generally the result of blunt force trauma (unless you’ve been scuba diving), you’ll need to first reduce the swelling.  To do this, put an ice pack on the eye for 20 minutes each hour.  If you don’t have an ice pack, make one with ice cubes in a Ziploc bag wrapped with cloth (to prevent freezer burn on your skin).  You can also do like they do in the movies and use a wrapped, sanitary item from the freezer, just make sure you aren’t putting any raw, unwrapped produce on your face.  This will help with the swelling and the pain.  Once the swelling goes down, your black eye will begin to heal itself.

2.  Treating Eye Allergies.  Millions of people all around the world suffer from allergies. Depending on what you are allergic to, eliminating your exposure is the best remedy for any allergy, not just allergies of the eye.  If you don’t know what you’re allergic to, you can try eliminating your exposure to the common allergens—pollen, mold and pets—to see if that helps.  If you can’t figure it out this way, you can always get an allergy test done by a doctor.  In the mean time, don’t use window fans since they draw pollen into your home.  Instead, use air conditioning.  When you go outside, wear sunglasses to keep the pollen from getting into your eyes.  Vacuum your house regularly and buy allergen-reducing bed sheet covers to sleep on.  If your eyes are red or itchy, use artificial tears, which are water-based eye drops.  These naturally rid your eyes of the allergens.  If these don’t work, you can try OTC eye drops for allergies.

3.  Treating a Stye.  Styes are particularly unappealing, but are generally harmless.  While they go away on their own in about a week, you can speed up the process and eliminate irritation by placing a warm compress on your eye.  Use a washcloth and run it under warm to hot water.  Wring the excess water out and place it over your eye four times each day.  You can re-heat the washcloth in warm water during treatment.  The heat is essential here, not the water. Heat unclogs your eyelash pores so the stye goes away quicker.  Don’t use makeup or contacts while the stye is present and don’t pop or play with the stye as that can cause infections.  And if you’re superstitious, don’t deny a pregnant woman her requests as that is rumored to cause styes!

4.  Treating Pink Eye.  Finally, pink eye—also called conjunctivitis—is only semi-treatable at home.  For most pink eye cases, the cause is a virus so you will not need treatment after you find out that it is viral pink eye.  If it is bacterial pink eye, you will need antibiotics to clear it up.  Viral pink eye doesn’t respond to antibiotics and similar to a viral cold, it will go away once it’s run its course.  In the mean time, use cool compresses, similar to the method described above with styes, but with cool water instead of warm.  Keep your hands and fingers away from your eyes and if they are weeping or pus-ing, use the cool compress to dab at them and then wash the cloth out thoroughly.  Keep in mind that pink eye is extremely contagious so do not share any clothing or other items and minimize skin to skin contact, especially after touching your eyes. 

Author Bio – This article is written by James Andrews working for http://www.wellnessandeyes.com/