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Red eye pain can not only interfere with appearance, but also quite often cause discomfort. To relieve it, there are a number of ways that you can try, both natural and with medical drugs
Pink eye occurs when there is swelling or dilation of the small vessels between the white part of the eye (sclera) and the membrane on the inside of the eyelid (conjunctiva). This can be caused by several factors, ranging from irritation, allergies, or infection. However, irritation is the most common factor causing red eyes.
Usually, the eyes can be irritated when exposed to dust, cigarette smoke, vehicle fumes, or sunlight for too long. In addition, red eyes can also be caused by exposure to chemicals, such as soap, shampoo, tear gas, and chlorine in swimming pool water.
Natural Red Eye Pain Remedies
The following are natural ways that you can do to treat red eye pain:
1. Wash with water
If you experience red eye pain after a foreign object enters your eye, such as dust or sand, clean your eyes immediately by rinsing them with running water. After that, try blinking a few times until the object comes out.
When a foreign object enters your eye, be sure not to rub your eye, as this can actually push the particles deeper into your eye and make it difficult to remove.
2. Warm or cold compress
Warm compresses on the eyes are known to relieve red eye pain accompanied by pain and itching. However, if the red eye pain due to irritation causes swelling, you can treat it with a cold compress.
The way to compress the eyes with warm or cold water is almost the same. All you have to do is soak a clean cloth or soft washcloth in warm or cold water, then remove it and wring it out.
After that, place the cloth or washcloth on the eye area for 10-15 minutes. You can do eye compresses in this way 2-3 times a day.
3. Compress with rose water
Not only is it useful for treating skin beauty, rose water can also help overcome complaints of red eye pain. How to do it is quite easy, you just need to compress the eyes with cotton that has been moistened with rose water. Leave the compress on the eye for about 20 minutes.
4. Compress with tea bag
Studies say that tea bags have many benefits for treating eye complaints, ranging from panda eyes, stye, to red eyes.
To relieve red eye pain, you can try compressing your eyes with calendula tea bags, chamomile tea, or green tea, because these types of teas have anti-inflammatory properties that are good for reducing swelling as well as eye irritation.
Treatment of Red Eye Pain with Medical Medicine
If red eye pain does not improve after natural treatment, especially if it causes visual disturbances, this condition should be treated with medical drugs.
To treat the red eye you are experiencing, the doctor needs to first determine the cause by conducting an eye examination. After the cause of red eye is known, then the doctor can give the appropriate red eye pain medication.
Types of red eye pain medication commonly given by doctors include:
If your red eye pain is caused by a bacterial infection, the doctor will prescribe antibiotics in the form of eye drops, eye ointments, or medications that are taken by mouth.
Antibiotics are also usually given to treat various eye diseases, such as blepharitis, conjunctivitis, corneal ulcers, and uveitis, which cause red eyes, pain, itching, pus, and swelling.
Antihistamines are usually used to treat red eye pain caused by allergies. This drug works by blocking the production of histamine substances that cause allergic reactions, such as red, watery, and itchy eyes.
Eye drops can be an effective treatment solution to treat red eye pain due to minor irritation.An example is eye drops that contain tetrahydrozoline hydrochloride. This substance works by deflating swollen eye blood vessels, so that red eye complaints can be relieved.
In addition, eye drops containing artificial tears can also be used to treat dry eyes that can trigger red eyes.
In addition to containing substances that are effective in relieving red eye, you should choose sterile eye drops with a dropper component (funnel) specifically designed to maintain a stable droplet volume so as not to overflow when used.
To get effective results, make sure you use eye drops as recommended by your doctor or the instructions listed on the package. Avoid using eye drops too often, as this can actually exacerbate eye irritation.
Those are various ways to deal with red eye pain. Sometimes this condition can heal on its own or with natural treatment, but not infrequently medical drugs are also needed to overcome it.
If you experience red eye pain accompanied by a headache, sudden blurred vision, fever, nausea and vomiting, or your eyes feel glaring and sensitive to light, you should consult a doctor for proper treatment.