What You Can and cannot do at Home to Treat an Eye Problem.
Many eye problems require the medical knowledge of an ophthalmologist acquired through years of clinical and surgical training. However, some problems can be treated safely in the home, as long as they are relatively simple. The following are some of these problems that may respond to home treatment and some tips on these home-made remedies. Some remedies are given:
The black eye:
Unless there are signs of more severe symptoms of a black eye, such as blurred vision, blood in the eye, or inability to move the eye, a black eye can usually be treated at home. On the first day, to reduce inflammation and relieve pain, an ice pack should be applied to the eye for 15 to 20 minutes every hour. If you do not have an ice pack, use a bag of frozen vegetables or ice cubes wrapped in a cloth (to prevent frostbite). Do not put the raw meat over the eye. Despite what I have seen on television or in the movies, there is no scientific basis to support the use of raw meat to treat a black eye and bacteria from raw meat pose a high risk of infection.
The pink eye (Conjunctivitis):
Most cases of pink eye are produced by a virus so they do not respond to antibiotics. Viral conjunctivitis will go away on its own. The ophthalmologist should diagnose your specific case. The discomfort of conjunctivitis can be relieved by applying cold compresses to the eye. If conjunctivitis is caused by bacteria, be sure to follow your treatment plan which usually includes antibiotic eye drops. In any case, you must take the necessary measures to reduce the possibility of spreading the problem to another person, because the conjunctivitis is easily spread. Do not share towels, tissues or cosmetics; change your pillow cases frequently and wash your hands as often as possible.
Just as you have nasal allergies, you can also develop eye allergies that make your eyes red, pruritus and tear. Limiting your exposure to the sources of your allergy – be it pollen, pets or mold – can help to alleviate the symptoms. If you can not completely eliminate the source of the allergy, there are ways to minimize its effect with antiallergic ophthalmic treatments. For example, if you are annoyed by pollen, do not use a window fan that can attract pollen into the house. Wear sunglasses when outdoors. If the problem is dust, use bed covers that reduce allergens. You can also use artificial tears, which temporarily wash your eyes, removing allergens, or you can use antiallergic eye drops, which are sold without a prescription to reduce symptoms.
Although a sty can be very bad, it is usually harmless and disappears within a week. You can treat it at home by soaking a facial towel in warm water from the wrench, squeezing it and placing it over your closed eye. When the towel cools, the process is repeated several times. This should be done three or four times a day for at least a week. The heat helps to unlock the pores in the area of the eyelashes. Do
not wear make-up or contact lenses while holding the sty. Do not burst or press the sty. Doing so may spread the infection to the surrounding areas of the eye.