Some people might have experienced wearing contact lenses for more than 12 hours in a day and never dropped a clean solution for dry eyes. The result is having pink eyes or bloodshot eyes the next day. This is called conjunctivitis in scientific terms. It is a commonly occurring irritation that should be treated immediately or else it might get worse. If you are experiencing this and have no time to consult with an eye doctor, here are some home remedies and cleaning tips that can help to remove the pink or red eye.
The initial remedy is to go over the counter of any trusted drugstore and ask for an antihistamine. Histamines are the chemicals known for causing pink eye and other allergy symptoms. Our body system naturally reacts to allergens and it produced histamines. By taking an antihistamine, you can reduce the level of histamines and block them completely.
In contrast with antihistamine, the way a decongestant work is that they control inflammation. It may stop other symptoms from appearing and thereby help prevent eye tissue from getting inflamed. You may use this in a couple of days to clear the symptoms.
When you take a bath, probably the only part of your body that’s seen in the naked eye must be the eye itself. There’s a different way of cleaning the eye (not by soap and water). It is by wiping the eye starting from the inside corner next to your nose. Make sure you have clean hands to prevent bacteria from festering. Then, pass over your entire eye gently to the outside corner. This is to get rid of the discharge or dirty substance from the tear ducts.
Remember not to touch your eyes with unclean hands as the condition may be worsened and you may be passing on the bacteria to things that other people will touch. Pink eye is contagious and it can infect and spread to people around you or those you often get in contact with. Therefore, it will also be helpful if you do not share handkerchiefs, eye cosmetics, contact lenses and solution with them.
Eye drops are mild saline lubricants that can be put artificial tears because they provide replacement of tears in the eyes. If you are wearing contact lenses in the Philippines, remove them first before applying eye drops. Do not try to wear the lenses again until your eyes are completely healed and back to normal. Applying eye drops is easy and this process can specifically aid in soothing out dryness associated with bloodshot eyes. The same lubricant can wash out the contaminants that complicate or prolong other viral, bacterial, or allergic conjunctivitis.
A handy towel with soft texture can be of help this time for a cold or warm compress. You will need a pail of water. Soak the towel in the water and wring out the excess before applying the towel to your closed eyes. If you are experiencing allergic conjunctivitis, ideally you should use a cold compress and gently put pressure. Else, use a warm compress to reduce swelling of viral or bacterial conjunctivitis. As an alternative to water, you may also use tea bags and apply them to your eyes for about half an hour. Chamomile tea is most recommended for further relaxation.
From time to time, people experience conjunctivitis caused by swollen or dilated blood vessels on the sclera, the white outer surface of the eye. While this may appear as a mild disease, it should not be ignored. There are accompanying pains such as itching, eye discharge, swollen and visual disturbances that come along with it.
If the pain does not go away after a few hours, you can still monitor the progress and stay away from places where there is a lot of people. You can request for a leave of absence from school or the office for the meantime. Conjunctivitis should be cured in about three to five days. If the pink eye does not improve within that duration after you have done these home remedies, it is really time for you to visit the doctor.