Numerous factors can lead to dry, itchy eyes, including allergies, sleep deprivation, dry air, and the strong perfume of your coworkers. Even though we're taught that buying eye drops is necessary for our own health, you can easily make your own basic eye drops for those moments when your eyes become irritated and scratchy. To avoid any microbes that can cause an infection, it is crucial that everything you use is sterile and clean.
Having this solution on hand is great because it removes uncomfortable dryness, eliminates dirt and debris, and instantly calms itching. In essence, this is a saline solution. To keep it sterile and non-irritating, it's crucial to use purified water and sodium chloride tablets, which are simply "pure" salt tablets as opposed to table salt, which also contains iodine and anti-caking agents. The tablets are available online or at any pharmacy.
You will need:
- 1 cup of purified or filtered water
- 2 sodium chloride tablets (2 grams)
- An eye dropper
- A mason jar
Boil the mason jar and it’s lid and dip the glass part of the eye
dropper into the boiling water to rid them of any contaminants. Fill the
mason jar with 1 cup of purified water, and then add in the sodium
chloride tablets. Shake well. Apply 2-3 drops in each eye as needed for
relief from irritation. It goes without saying but…discontinue use and
contact an eye doctor if you experience any discomfort.