Red eyes refers to redness of the white portion of the eye (sclera).Here the white of the eye may look pink, red, bloodshot or may appear to have pink/red lines on it. The eye redness occurs from dilatation of blood vessels on the surface of the eye from various reasons like irritation or an infection or inflammation. It can occur in one or both the eyes. Homeopathic medicines for red eyes offers very effective treatment and aims to treat the root cause behind it.
In many cases redness of eyes occurs without any other symptoms. while in rest of the cases the symptoms that can attend it includes irritation or itching, burning in the eyes. Some other symptoms that may accompany it include discharge from the eye, watering from eyes, pain in eye and dryness in the eyes. Few other symptoms include sensitivity to light (photophobia) and blurred vision.
Redness of eyes is very common and can arise from various causes. Firstly it can arise from many irritants that can inflame the eyes. These irritants include dust, dry air, sun exposure, air pollution, smoke.
Secondly, it can occur from eye allergies, hay fever / allergic rhinitis (an allergic disorder that arise from exaggerated response of the immune cells to allergic substances causing running nose, sneezing, nasal blockage and eye symptoms like irritation, redness, itching and watering from eyes)
It can also arise from infection (bacterial and viral) and inflammation of the eyes.
There are various inflammatory conditions of the eyes that can cause redness of eyes. It includes conjunctivitis (inflammation of the conjunctiva which refers to a membrane that covers the white of the eye).
It also includes scleritis (an inflammation and redness of sclera – white of eye which is the outer, tough fibrous protective layer of the eyeball).
It can occur in episcleritis (inflammation of the thin layer present on the white part of the eye / sclera).
Another inflammatory condition of the eye linked with redness of the eye is iritis (swelling and inflammation in the coloured ring that surrounds the pupil of the eye).
Other eye inflammatory conditions are keratitis (an inflammation of the cornea which is the clear, dome shaped tissue in front of eye which covers the pupil and iris) and uveitis (inflammation of the middle layer of eye called uvea that is the pigmented layer lying between the inner retina and the outer fibrous layer composed of the sclera and cornea).
Apart from above eye redness can happen in blepharitis (inflammation of the margins of the eyelids where eyelashes grow).
In addition to above, it can arise in case of Chalazion (a type of cyst forming in the eyelid from blockage of meibomian gland responsible for producing an oily substance that lubricates the eye) and stye ( red, painful lump near the edge of eyelid either upper or lower occurring from a bacterial infection).
Corneal ulcer, a scratch /abrasion on cornea, herpetic infection of cornea can lead to eye redness too.
Rest of the reasons include excessive screen time on computer /mobiles, dryness of the eyes, foreign object in eye, trauma / injury to eye, inward turning of eyelid (entropion), outward turning of eyelid (ectropion), side effect of using eye drops, complication of eye surgery or complication from use of contact lens, subconjunctival haemorrhage ( bleeding arising from broken blood vessel immediately beneath the surface of the eye), infection of tissue around the eyes (orbital cellulitis), glaucoma (an eye disorder characterised by increase of intraocular pressure and optic nerve damage).
Homeopathic Medicines For Red Eyes
Homeopathy offers very effective treatment for cases of red eyes. The homeopathic medicines aim to treat the root cause behind it like inflammation, infection to decrease the redness of eyes. Additionally they also help to relieve the attending symptoms like itching, burning in the eyes, discharge from eye, watering from eyes, pain in the eye and dryness in the eyes. Red eyes can arise from mild causes to serious causes that require emergency medical attention. Homeopathic medicines can help in cases where no serious causes are linked to it. But in case of serious cause behind red eyes it is advisable to seek immediate medical help from the conventional mode of treatment. Eye redness attended with sudden changes in vision, pain in eye, intense headache, fever, sensitivity to light, white rings, or halos around light, nausea or vomiting are some of the indications of serious issues. Other than this serious issues includes red eyes arising from an injury, from entry of chemicals or a foreign object in the eye.
Before starting homeopathic medicines for red eyes it is strictly advisable to consult a homeopathic physician who can best judge the homeopathic medicines that will suit a particular case and can guide if urgent help is needed from conventional mode in case of some serious cause.
1. Belladonna – Top Grade Medicine
It is a natural medicine prepared from plant deadly nightshade. This plant belongs to family solanaceae. It is a top listed medicine for cases of red eyes. In cases needing it the eyes look very red, congested. It works well in inflammatory conditions of the eyes mainly conjunctivitis. Other than redness, persons needing it also have dryness and burning pain in their eyes. They may also have shooting pain in their eyes. Another attending complaint that they have is watering from the eyes. Other attending symptoms are soreness, redness and swelling of eyelids. Sometimes there is sensitivity to bright light also.
2. Euphrasia – For Eye Redness, Watering, Itching
This medicine is prepared from plant Euphrasia Officinalis commonly known as eye – bright. This plant belongs to family scrophulariaceae. It is a very effective medicine for redness of eyes along with watering and itching of eyes. The eye watering causes smarting and burns in the eyes. A sensation of sand in eyes attends these symptoms. It is very helpful in case of iritis, conjunctivitis. Along with above symptoms pain in the eye may be present that is worse at night. Sometimes photophobia is also there.
3. Aconite – For Red, Bloodshot, Inflamed Eyes
Aconite is prepared from plant Aconitum Napellus commonly known as monkshood. This plant belongs to family ranunculaceae. This is very helpful medicine for cases of red, bloodshot, inflamed eyes. With this burning, shooting pains are present that appear mainly on moving eyeballs. Another attending symptom is watering from eyes that is worse in evening and night time. Roughness sensation in the eyes as from sand also appears with this. Apart from above burning, a smarting sensation and itching in the eyes is present which worsens in evening.
4. Apis Mellifica – For Bright Red Eyes with Smarting, Burning, Cutting Pain in Eyes
It is a well indicated medicine for cases where there is bright redness of eyes along with smarting, burning, cutting pain in eyes. The white of the eye is full of dark blood vessels. Along with this the eyes are very sensitive to light. Eyes are itchy too. It is well indicated for cases of conjunctivitis, keratitis and blepharitis.
5. Natrum Mur – For Eye Redness with Watering from Eyes
This medicine is a prominent medicine for persons who complain of eye redness along with watering from eyes. They feel that the watering worsens in open air. This watering is acrid that leads to redness and soreness in eyes. They also have swelling of eyelids. Lids appear red, raw, ulcerated along with burning. The eyelids are sticky in the morning and covered with thick scabs.
6. Argentum Nitricum – For Red Eyes with Eye Discharge
It is a well indicated medicine for eye redness and eye discharge. It is indicated especially for conjunctivitis and blepharitis. In cases needing it the eye appears intensely pink or red along with profuse discharge of mucopurulent nature. The white of the eye is congested, swollen. With this the eyelid margins are red, swollen and thick. Eyelids are also sore and crusty. The eyelids get stuck together in the morning. Itching and burning, biting in eyes is felt with this.
7. Allium Cepa – For Red, Itchy, Watery Eyes with Sneezing
This is a very useful medicine for cases where the eyes are red, itchy watery with frequent sneezing. Hence its use is considered in cases of hay fever (allergic rhinitis). The eyes are also sensitive to touch. Runny noses also accompany these symptoms.
8. Merc Sol – For Redness of Eye Attended with Burning Pains
This medicine works well in cases of eye redness accompanied with burning pains. In cases needing it white of the eye is markedly red. Sensitivity to bright light is also there. The eyelids, especially the upper one, are thick, red and swollen . Copious watering from eyes is also there along with above symptoms.
9. Thuja – When Eyes Look Blood Red
This medicine is prepared from fresh green twigs of plant Thuja occidentalis commonly known as Arbor Vitae. This plant belongs to family Coniferae. Its use is considered in cases where eyes appear blood red. Along with this excessive tearing (watering) from eyes is present. The eyelids may be dry, scaly and sticky at night. Burning and stinging in the eyelids attend this. It is a leading medicine for treating styes and chalazion. It is also one of the major medicines for treating scleritis.
10. Sulphur – For Red Eyes with Itching, Burning
Sulphur is a great medicine when the eyes are red along with itching and burning sensation. A feeling of sand in the eyes is also prominent with this. Sometimes stitching, smarting or stinging is felt in the eyes. This medicine also plays a supportive help for managing eye redness and light sensitivity in cases of corneal ulcers.