What is a Homemade eyewash?

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To treat the allergic eyes, pink eye, inflammation and itching homemade eyewashes are used. For the strained and tired eyes these homemade eyewash are useful. Eye washes generally help the eyes feel refreshed and appear brighter. It is recommended to use distilled water as tap water may contain many harmful chemicals. To avoid infection or injury eyewash has to be done correctly. People who have tired and dry, itchy eyes are benefited from homemade eyewashes.


When are eye baths are used?

Itchy eyes, tired eyes, inflamed eyes, bloodshot eyes, swollen eyes, dry eyes, bag under eyes, puffy eyes and red eyes. Any of these symptoms which does not have an underlying bacterial infection or disorder that needs immediate medical attention can benefit from an eye bath.


What are the different homemade Eyewashes?

  • One cup of boil water and teaspoon of salt is a homemade remedy for eyewash. Instead of salt use boric acid if you have weak and tired eyes. Let the solutions cool before using it for the eye wash.

  • A mixture of green tea and distilled water is also another homemade remedy which gives cooling effect to the eyes. Take 2 parts of green tea to 1 part of water. Even the cooled tea bags can be applied directly to the eyes.

  • Herbal eye wash is also used by straining out all the herbs mixture with a coffee filter. Take 1tsp of water, 2tbsp of rose water and 5drops of tincture of euphoria.

  • For red and itchy eyes fresh or dried spearmint leaves, distilled water and fresh rose petals will refresh your eyes and stimulate the production of tears.

  • For tired eyes and those who sit in front of computers can have fennel seed tea eyebath, which refreshes and cleanses the eyes, It also lubricates dry eyes and relieve eye strain.


How does one perform the eye washes?

  • Firstly wash your hands with soap

  • Fill the eyecup halfway with an eye bath solution and bend your head down.

  • Press the eyecup gently to your closed eye.

  • Tilt your head back by slowly opening your eye.

  • Blink the eye several times.

  • Throw away the used solution and fill with fresh one and repeat the same procedure with the other eye.

  • Lastly wash the eye cup to prevent possible contamination.


What care should be taken while doing an Eyewash?

  • Evaluate: Estimate the area of eye injury. Splash some water if any chemical or object entered the eye and do the eyewash instantly. If an object is floating on the exterior of eyeball, wash it immediately or visit the doctor if it is stuck in the eye.

  • Prepare: Eye wash solution has to be used as early as possible and if it is not available use boiled water cooled at room temperature. In case of urgency mix one part of salt with three parts room temperature water.

  • Wash: Basically containers are to be used for the eyewash such as shot glasses and small drinking cups. Eye wash solution has to be filled up in the cup, roll the head backwards and clean the eyes until the eyes feel better.


What are the tips and warnings to follow for homemade eye wash?

  • Homemade eyewashes should not be kept for more than a day as these don’t have natural preservatives can introduce bacteria to the eyes.

  • Keep the bottle in a cool and dark place or refrigerate it when you are not using it.

  • Check out for eye baths as some of them contain sea salt as it causes irritation and dryness of the eyes.

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