Many people notice that their eyes are red on awakening. Lack of sleep, alcohol consumption the night before, overuse of contact lenses or an allergy are among the possible causes.
But did you know that during the monsoon, the eyes are susceptible to various types of infections? Monsoon brings joy as you say goodbye to summer – and your sunglasses (remember, they also protect your eyes from infection). Monsoons bring with them an army of infections that cause eye pain and discomfort, so don’t ignore your eye health this monsoon. Viral infections are known to thrive and spread during rains due to increased moisture in the air.
Proper eye care should become a priority during monsoons to help protect from infections like conjunctivitis, stye, dry eyes and corneal ulcers which can lead to blindness. Here’s how to steer clear of them.
Home Remedies for Bloodshot Eyes
1. Wash your face and eyelids – Using cold water can help and so can cold compresses.
2. Try over-the-counter eyedrops and eyewashes – Drops usually contain a decongestant to constrict blood vessels; eyewashes usually contain boric acid or a saline solution. Both may help. But be sure to follow instructions carefully with any eye product. Overuse of some eyedrops can actually increase redness. Eyecups can be a source of infection, so use only the disposable kind.
Beyond Home Remedies: When To Call Your Doctor
If you think you have an eye infection, or if your eyes don’t clear up right away, or if you have eye pain or changes in vision, you should seek medical advice.