After struggling with blurry vision for years, I finally realized that it was time to consult with a professional. Simply put, I was tired of dealing with the struggles of acting like I could see when I really couldn't. It was embarrassing, and I just wanted to be able to participate like normal. I was nervous for the eye appointment, but my doctor was incredible. He walked me through every aspect of the exam and calmed my fears about permanent eye damage. This blog is all about working with an optometrist to get the vision experience that you really deserve.
If you have been diagnosed with bacterial conjunctivitis, or pink eye, your eye doctor may have prescribed you an antibiotic ointment to treat it. However, if you are wondering if there is something you can do at home to help with your symptoms, such as inflammation and dry, irritated eyes, try the following three-step home remedy using ingredients you can find in supermarkets, department stores, and pharmacies.
Step 1: Apply A Homemade Honey And Water Ointment
The first step in this home remedy is to make and apply a homemade ointment consisting of honey and water. Not only does it soothe inflammation, but honey also has antibacterial properties that help kill the bacteria responsible for your pink eye.
When making the ointment, use raw honey because it is in it purest form without the addition of preservatives or other ingredients. Also, use either distilled or sterile water, as neither of these will introduce harmful chemicals or microscopic debris to your eyes.
In a small, microwave-safe bowl, pour in a quarter of a cup of distilled water. Place it in the microwave, and heat it up for 15 seconds. You only want it warm up enough so that the honey will dissolve. Remove the bowl from the microwave, and add a quarter of a cup of honey to it. Stir vigorously until the honey has a smooth, thin consistency.
Using a 2x2 gauze pad, apply the ointment to your closed eyes. Then, go on to the next step.
Step 2: Place Chamomile Tea Bags Over Your Eyes
The second step in the home remedy involves placing wet chamomile tea bags on your eyes. Chamomile is beneficial for treating your pink eye because it serves as an astringent that has antiseptic and anti-bacterial properties. It helps flush away the discharge while cleaning your eyelids and helping to kill the germs contributing to the infection.
To prepare the tea bags, bring a half of a cup of water to a boil. Remove the pan from heat, then place two chamomile tea bags in the water for 15 minutes. Remove the bags, and place them on a saucer to cool until they are slightly above room temperature.
With the ointment from step one still on your eyelids, lay back and place a bag over each eye. Lay there with the bags over your eyes for 10 to 15 minutes. When the time is up, remove the tea bags, and go on to the third step.
Step 3: Rinse Your Eyes With Rose Water
The final step uses sterile rose water to rinse away the ointment. The rose water can also help moisturize the skin on your eyelids and lubricate your eyes. For this step, you will also need a sterile eyedropper and four soft gauze pads.
With your head tilted back, close your eyes, and drop five drops of the rose water onto each eye. Let the rose water remain for a couple of minutes to thin out the ointment. Then, pat each eye with a clean gauze pad. Do not rub your eyelids, as this can increase the amount of irritation on your delicate eye tissues.
After you have patted your eyelids dry, drop five more drops onto each eye. Wait an additional minute, then use two clean gauze pads to remove the excess water.
Using the above home treatment twice a day in conjunction with your prescription can help bring you relief and could help your infection heal faster. However, if you notice your symptoms are becoming worse, you may want to contact your ophthalmologist to discuss other medical treatment options available to you.
For more information about eye health, contact an organization like Discover Vision Centers.Share
18 February 2016