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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