Sore eyes aren’t uncommon. Typical irritants that often cause mild soreness in the eyes include:
- overexposure to electronic screens
- exposure to sun
- exposure to airborne irritants
- excessive rubbing
- contact lenses
- swimming in chlorinated water
- cigarette smoke
Severely sore eyes
If your eyes severely sore or painful, it might be a sign of a more serious condition, such as:
- dry eyes
- conjunctivitis (pink eye)
- optic neuritis
- blocked tear duct
- corneal abrasion
- foreign object in eye
Don’t take chances with your eyes and ignore symptoms. Visit your eye doctor to get an accurate diagnosis and treatment started.
There are a number of simple home remedies for sore eyes. Here are a few of them:
Place a cold washcloth over your closed eyes two to three times a day for five minutes at a time to manage pain and swelling.
Because of aloe vera’s anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, some natural healers recommend using it to alleviate sore eyes.
Mix 1 teaspoon of fresh aloe vera gel into 2 tablespoons of cold water, and then soak cotton rounds in the mixture. Place the soaked cotton rounds on your closed eyes for 10 minutes. Do this twice a day.
When experiencing eye pain, make an appointment with your doctor if:
- You’ve recently had eye surgery.
- You’ve recently had an eye injection.
- You’ve had eye surgery in the past.
- You wear contact lenses.
- You have a weakened immune system.
- You’ve been taking eye medication for two or three days and the pain hasn’t improved.
Some symptoms need immediate medical attention. Seek emergency medical help if:
- Your pain was caused by a foreign object hitting or been lodged in your eye.
- Your pain was caused by a chemical being splashed in your eye.
- Your eye pain is accompanied by fever, headache, or unusual light sensitivity.
- You have a sudden vision change.
- You start seeing halos around lights.
- Your eye is swelling, or there’s swelling around your eye.
- You’re unable to keep your eye open.
- You’re having trouble moving your eye.
- You have blood or pus coming from your eye(s).
To avoid certain types of eye soreness, there are a number of actions you can take. Here are some you can start today:
The eye is a delicate and complex organ. If your eyes are sore and you’re concerned, see your eye doctor for a diagnosis. They can help you find relief from sore eyes and help you prevent it from happening again.
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