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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.
Eye drops containing castor oil may help reduce eye irritation. Place one drop in each eye before going to bed, and then do it again in the morning. Try Refresh Optive Advanced eye drops.
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:
- Try not to touch or rub your eyes.
- Wear sunglasses when outside.
- Drink enough water to stay hydrated.
- Get sufficient sleep to rest your body and eyes.
- Every 20 minutes, take your eyes off your computer screen or TV to focus for 20 seconds on an object in the distance.