One of the unfortunate things about home remedies is that they cannot be an all in one cure and it is best that you take different herbs for different symptoms. This is the basic problem with recommending herbal eyewash. Usually, a really effective eyewash is one that is tailor made to remove an offending object or substance in the eye and this largely depends on what goes into your eye in the first place. What can be prescribed is a series of rules that you can follow to remove material from your eye.
If you get a small object in your eye, the eye will naturally produce tears to flush the object out. Sometimes, however, these tears are not enough, and the eye will need some help getting the object out. If you do not have any eyewash available, plain water is the next best option. Read on to learn how to wash your eyes with water:
Things You’ll Need:
- A large-sized bowl
- An eye-sized cup
- Lukewarm water
- Towel/Paper towels
- Make sure the water is lukewarm, not too hot or too cold. Either too hot or too cold could harm your eyes. The bowl will need to be big enough for you to dunk your head. Once you face is in the bowl and under water, open your eyes and look from side to side and up and down.
- The second choice is using an eye cup. An eye cup is a cup that is the size of the eye. You put water into the cup and tilt your head forward and place the cup against your eye. Then, with one smooth motion tilt your head back. Be sure to hold the cup tight against your eye. Open your eye and look from side to side and up and down.
- And finally, do not wash your eyes out while you are bathing or showing. Instead, after or before you are done in the shower or bath you can splash distilled water in your eyes to rinse them out.
- Expect to get wet with any of these techniques.
- Some drug stores sell eye washing kits that contain a good eye-sized cup and sterile washing solution.
- To some people it is very uncomfortable to get water in the eye, since the natural eye milieu is salty. If this is the case, stir one teaspoon of salt into one liter of water until dissolved. This will give you a mildly salty solution that you can use to wash out your eyes.
- You can also use these techniques if you think conjunctivitis is coming on.
- Make sure you change the solution for each eye so you don’t swap possible bacteria.
- Do not use water that is too hot or too cold.
- Do not overuse salt. Too much salt can cause cells to burst and feel very uncomfortable or even painful.