Homemade Eye Drops for Itchy, Puffy, Dry Eyes
Allergies, lack of sleep, dry air, your co-workers overwhelming perfume…lots of things can cause dry, itchy, eyes. And while we’re led to believe that eye drops must be purchased for our own good, it is entirely possible to make your own simple eye drops for times when you find your eyes itchy and irritated. The most important thing is that everything you use is clean and sterile to prevent any infection causing microbes from causing problems.
I love this solution to keep on hand, as it instantly soothes itchiness, flushes away dirt and debris, and relieves uncomfortable dryness. This is, basically, a saline solution. However, it is important to use purified water, and sodium chloride tablets (these are just “pure” salt tablets, as opposed to table salt, which has iodine and anti-caking agents) to keep it sterile and non-irritating. The tablets can be found in any pharmacy or ordered online.
You will need:
-1 cup of purified or filtered water
-2 sodium chloride tablets (2 grams)
-An eye dropper
-A mason jar
Boil the mason jar and it’s lid and dip the glass part of the eye dropper into the boiling water to rid them of any contaminants. Fill the mason jar with 1 cup of purified water, and then add in the sodium chloride tablets. Shake well. Apply 2-3 drops in each eye as needed for relief from irritation. It goes without saying but…discontinue use and contact an eye doctor if you experience any discomfort.
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Thanks for all the valuable information.
I never had this before, but I now, for the past couple of years, have “dry eyes”. My eyes water constantly, and you’d think that I’d been on the verge of crying all day. My doctor gave me an eye lubricant and also another prescription for this condition. I will try this because I’m very concerned about all of the medications today and their side effects. Thanks for all of your help. 🙂
For dry eyes take fish oil tablets or cid liver oil tablets once a day. I eat these in the morning with breakfast. Eye drops sound great
thank you for all the help. I have “dry eyes” too and just got prescribed a prescription that has side effects that really concern me. I won’t take it. But dry eye is giving me blurry vision on top oy my eyes being bloodshot and irritated all the time. Thank you
Yikes! Dry eyes really are the worst-I hope these help!
Can you use sea salt as a substitute? If so, what would be the amount? With all the salts I have around here it would just use what I already have rather than going out and buying something. Thanks
Where can I get the sodium tablets to use for the eye drops?
What great strides you have made in effectively eliminating commercial products full of (pardon the expression) Crap.
I make my own products but have never even thought of eye drops or shaving cream. Thank you and keep up the good work you are doing for humanity.
This may be a dumb question… What do you mean by “purified” water? Tap water that is boiled? Distilled water? Spring water?