There are different causes of eye infection, but the most common reasons are contamination by a foreign object, viral or bacterial. People who are wearing contact lenses are also more susceptible to eye infection because bacteria can proliferate on the lenses.

Here are some of the most common eye infections —

  • Conjunctivitis — this common eye infection is also called “red eye” or “pink eye”, and is one of the quickest communicable eye ailments because it is airborne.
  • Sty — also called as “hordeolum”, a sty is a tiny lump that often grows on the inside of an eyelid, or the base of your eyelashes.
  • Orbital Cellulitis — an infection of the eyeball, which can be serious and can lead to blindness if treatment is not immediately given to the patient.
  • Blepharitis — a form of eye inflammation that results to severely itchy, irritated and burning eyelids.
  • Dacryocystitis — this eye infection affects the tear ducts.
  • Keratitis — the cornea suffers from ulcers and happens when a foreign body causes injury to the cornea.

Here are the symptoms you should be aware of —

  • Eye redness
  • Yellowish discharge
  • Pain
  • Blurry vision
  • Irritated eyes
  • Inflammation or swelling
  • Watery eyes
  • Severe itching
  • Photophobia

Here are some home remedies for eye infection —


  • To easily get rid of a sty, simply use a hot compress and gently pace on the lump.
  • Use herbs such as dried eyebright steeped in a pint of hot water as your eyewash. Make sure that you let it cool down and strain before using the liquid.
  • Do not swim in chlorinated pool water when you have an eye infection. Not only will it worsen your condition, you are increasing the risk of transmitting the infection to others.
  • An excellent warm compress for conjunctivitis is mixing lavender, chamomile or rose oil to warm water.
  • You can also soak aloe vera juice in a clean piece of cloth and then place it on your eyes to soothe them when they are inflamed. You can also use aloe vera juice as a component of your eyewash.
  • Do you know that cold bread can be used to help decrease eye itchiness and inflammation?
  • Another great eyewash component for soothing the eyes is elderberry blossom tea.
  • To effectively flush out foreign bodies from your eyes, moisten them with artificial tears.
  • Honey is another home remedy you can use as an eyewash or you can use directly on your eyes when you have a sty or conjunctivitis.
  • A common home remedy used even by our grandmothers for pink eye is a glass of distilled water with jasmine flowers. Simply soak 8 jasmine flowers in the water overnight, then pour drops of the concoction on your eyes. You should do this three times a day until the symptoms disappear.

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