home remedies for eye infections

Warm Compresses

This is one of the most effective remedies for styes or conjunctivitis. The heat from the warm compress increases blood circulation to the area and promotes healing. It also helps reduce pain and swelling and prevent further infection.

Dip a clean, lint-free towel in hot water and wring out the excess liquid.
Hold this warm, moist cloth on your closed eyelid for 5 minutes at a time.
Repeat a few times more.
Clean any oily debris or scales collected on the eyelids or eyelashes using a clean cloth.
Use this treatment several times a day until you feel better.


Eyebright (euphrasia) is another effective herbal treatment for eye infections and irritation, especially conjunctivitis or pink eye.

The infection-fighting and fluid-drying power of eyebright speeds up the healing process and prevents spreading of the infection.

A 2007 study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine notes that euphrasia single-dose eye drops is effective for various conjunctival conditions.

Simmer 1 teaspoon of eyebright herb in 1 cup of water for about 10 minutes. Allow it to cool, then strain it using a clean cheesecloth. Use this solution as an eye wash, a couple of times daily.
You can also use homeopathy euphrasia 10% eye drops to get rid of eye irritation or inflammation. Put one drop in each eye a few times a day daily until the infection clears.

Saline Solution

You can use a homemade saline solution to get rid of an eye infection. A saline solution rinse is good for irritated, inflamed and itchy eyes.

saline solution for eye infections

It helps wash away debris collected in the eyes and controls the infection, thus ensuring that the infection does not spread.

Mix 1 teaspoon of salt in 1 cup of water.
Boil the solution and allow it to cool completely.
Use it to thoroughly rinse the affected eye.
Do this home treatment a couple of times a day.

Colloidal Silver

Colloidal silver can also be used to reduce eye irritation and itching caused by viral and bacterial infections.

It contains tiny silver particles suspended in water that, when used as eye drops, pick up the infected cells by attracting them electromagnetically. These infected cells are then sent into the bloodstream to be eliminated.

Put 2 drops of colloidal silver in each eye and blink a little. Use it twice a day until the infection clears.
Another option is to buy over-the-counter colloidal silver ointment and apply it around the eyes to prevent itching