Natural Remedies for Eye Allergies is a collection of natural remedies that can help you fight the pain and inconvenience of allergy season.
Eye allergies can really put a damper on anyone’s day. It can cause irritation and itchiness. It can even lead to infections, like pink eye. There are a lot of natural remedies for eye allergies, but let’s look at what causes them first!
What are the most common cause of eye allergies?
Most eye allergies are caused by these common factors:
- Dust Mites
- Pets (Especially cats and dogs)
Seasonal Allergic Conjunctivitis (SAC) is caused by the outdoor allergens and Perennial Allergic Conjunctivitis (PAC) is usually caused by indoor allergens.
Common Symptoms of Eye Allergies
While itching and irritation are the most common symptoms of eye allergies, you can also watch out for the following:
- Burning Sensation
- Matted eyes especially upon waking
- Mucous Production
- Mild Swelling Around The Eyes
Top Natural Remedies for Eye Allergies
The top natural remedy, according to HealthLine.com is actually very simple:
Keep your windows closed. This is especially important in the morning when pollen is at its heaviest.
This goes for both your home windows and your car windows - keep them closed!
Other Natural Remedies for Eye Allergies:
- Wear wraparound glasses or sunglasses to keep the pollen out of your eyes.
- Place a cool compress over your eyes to soothe swelling and/or irritation. You can use frozen vegetables, or even chilled cucumber slices!
- Soothe your eyes with tea bags. After you make a nice cup of chamomile tea, fully cool the tea bags and place them on your eyes. If it is pink eye you are concerned about, be sure to use black tea bags. See Tea Bags - A Natural Remedy for Pink Eye.
- Try apple cider vinegar! Place a tablespoon of APC into a cup of water, mix and then, dip some cotton balls into it. Rub the solution around your eyes for relief. Be careful not to get it in your eyes as that will burn. This is my favorite brand, available from my affiliate: apple cider vinegar.
- Use a humidifier. This will help knock any pollen down that has found its way into your home. A humid environment is also more comfortable for the eyes rather than a dry one. This is my choice which is available from my affiliate partner - Humidifier.
- Follow the 20/20/20 Rule: For every 20 minutes of screentime, people should look away from the screen and look at an object 20 feet away for 20 seconds, which will allow the eyes to relax.
- Use artificial tears or over the counter eye drops, to flush any irritants out.
- Support your immune system with Master Tonic - take it daily.
- Stay hydrated - this also helps your immune system and is good for general health.
- Essential oils can also be used - try Homemade Vapor Rub especially if you have chest congestion.
Eye Allergies or Not?
Here are some interesting things to note when dealing with eye allergies and determining whether or not it is actually an allergy or something that should be treated medically.
- Contact lens wearers should wait at least 15 minutes after using any allergy eye drops before putting in their contact lenses.
- While allergy eye drops can offer immediate relief it is temporary. And, when used as a long-term method of relief, they can weaken blood vessels in your eyes and make your eyes more red.
- It is very important to note, that eye pain is NOT a symptom of eye allergies. Nor are blurred or double vision and/or decreased vision. If you have any of these symptoms, please see your doctor.
Do You Have Natural Remedies for Eye Allergies?
I would love to know and add them to my list - leave a comment and let me know!