5 Ways to Stop Eye Irritation | What Causes Eye Irritation?
What Causes Eye Irritation?
There are many causes of eye irritation, a few of which include dry eyes, blepharitis, allergies, contact lens related issues, and eye infections. To truly pinpoint what is causing your eyes to feel irritated, it's best to visit your eye doctor for a proper diagnosis. After they diagnose you, they'll be able to give treatment recommendations in line with what you're experiencing. However, if you'd like to start treating your eye irritation at home, below are a few tips to get you started. These will help anyone decrease inflammation that can contribute to irritated eyes.
Keeping the eyelids clean is the best way to eliminate eye irritation from allergies, blepharitis, and bacteria. This can also prevent it from recurring. Use of a hypochlorous acid based solution cleans the eyelids to decrease the growth of bacteria and promote proper oil production of the eyes. We recommend using our Heyedrate Lid and Lash Cleanser twice daily. Simply spray the solution onto your closed eyelids, rub in, and let it dry. It's that simple and it is easy to incorporate this into your daily routine.
2. Drink Water
If you've got irritated eyes, you may just be dehydrated. You'll want to increase your intake of water whenever you are experiencing bothersome eyes, and it's best to keep it up! We recommend drinking at least half your body weight in ounces of water daily (that's 75 ounces for a 150 pound, or 68 kilogram, person), which will help you flush your system out and increase hydration throughout the body.
3. Sleep More, Stress Less
Cortisol increases when you're stressed or not sleeping well, and an increase in cortisol can cause an increase in inflammation in your body. When inflammation is not under control, your body has a tough time fighting bacteria, allergies, and other ailments which can lead to your eyes becoming irritated. Ensure that you're taking time out for yoga, meditation, journaling, reading, or other relaxing activities you enjoy.
4. Eat Your Greens... Leafy Green Vegetables
Leafy, green vegetables are all great components of a plant-based alkaline diet (examples are spinach, kale, arugula, and chard). Eating anti-inflammatory foods such as these will help decrease inflammation and promote healthy cells within your body, including your eyes. Incorporate kale or spinach into your breakfast smoothie, add greens to your eggs at lunch, or throw some into soup at dinner! You can even make kale chips and other similar snacks! Read here for more ideas.
5. Use a Warm Compress
We recommend you purchase a warm compress eye mask for this step, because it's much more convenient than trying to heat up a washcloth or rice in a sock.
Microwave your mask for 20 seconds, until warm to the touch (test on the inside of your wrist before using).
Place over your closed eyelids for 10-20 minutes.
Relax and enjoy!
By following the 5 steps above, you'll be well on your way to more comfortable, healthier eyes and you'll hopefully decrease the irritation that's been bothering you.
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