Sometimes a home remedy is exactly what you need. You know that everyone one of our moms have put a cold compress on our foreheads or eyes at one point or another in our lives. While we may not have understood the direct correlation, we are here to explain how this can and will help if you have eye discomfort.

What can a cold compress do?

Using a cold compress can help to alleviate many different eye problems, especially ones that are less serious and do not require a trip to the eye doctor. You may want to consider a cold compress for:

  • Dry eye
  • Pinkeye
  • Eye Pain
  • Dark Circles or Bags under the eye

How to Make a Cold Compress

They can be made out of household items such as a clean towel, ice pack, or frozen food pack.

Clean towel – run the clean towel under water, ring it out so it is damp and not wet. Put that towel in a freezer bag and seal it. Leave it in the freezer for about 10 minutes. Remove from the plastic bag and use it right away.

Ice Pack – place ice into a plastic bag that seals. Break the ice into small pieces and then warp the sealed plastic bag with a clean towel.

Frozen food pack – this one is a bit more creative if you don’t have access to the first two options. Find some frozen veggies like peas or corn, pour some into a plastic bag that seals. Wrap that plastic bag with a clean towel.

How to use a Cold Compress

The best way to see the most benefits and alleviate any discomfort is to gently place whichever cold compress you chose to make on your affected eye while your eye is shut. It is recommended that you leave the cold compress on for 15 minutes max at one time. You can repeat if needed. It is best, however, to make sure you are not putting ice directly on your skin as that will irritate it further.

We of course always want you to come to see us if you need us, but in some cases, it is helpful to know a home remedy that will keep you comfortable through some minor eye discomfort.

Please always be sure to seek medical attention if you feel like it could be more serious. If your pain or swelling lingers after trying a cold compress give us a call to make an appointment to get your eye checked out.