Sore eyes are an unpleasant sensation in or around one or both eyes. Your eyes may feel gritty, tender or tired. Sore eyes may be caused by excessive rubbing of the eyes.
Nearly everyone has had sore eyes at some point. Sometimes they get better on their own, but they can also be a sign of something more …
Common Eye Problems
Corneal abrasions: That’s the official name for a scratch on this part of your eye. It sounds minor, but it can hurt. It’s easy to do, too. You can scratch your eye while rubbing it. Your doctor will give you antibiotic drops. It should get better in a couple of days without further problems.
Conjunctivitis (pinkeye): This is inflammation of the conjunctiva. It can be from allergies or infections (viral or bacterial). Blood vessels in the conjunctiva swell. This makes the part of your eye that’s usually white look red. Your eye could also get itchy and gunky. This condition is typically not painful.
Blepharitis: An inflammation or infection of the eyelid which typically is not painful.
Foreign bodies: Something in your eye, like a bit of dirt, can irritate it. Try to rinse it out with artificial tears or water. If you don’t get it out, it can scratch your eye.
Sore eyes aren’t uncommon. Typical irritants that often cause mild soreness in the eyes include:
- overexposure to electronic screens
- exposure to sun
- exposure to airborne irritants
- excessive rubbing
- contact lenses
- swimming in chlorinated water
- cigarette smoke
Home remedies for sore eyes
There are a number of simple home remedies for sore eyes. Here are a few of them:
Place a cold washcloth over your closed eyes two to three times a day for five minutes at a time to manage pain and swelling.
Eye drops containing castor oil may help reduce eye irritation. Place one drop in each eye before going to bed, and then do it again in the morning.
Because of aloe vera’s anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, some natural healers recommend using it to alleviate sore eyes.
Mix 1 teaspoon of fresh aloe vera gel into 2 tablespoons of cold water, and then soak cotton rounds in the mixture. Place the soaked cotton rounds on your closed eyes for 10 minutes. Do this twice a day.