How to whiten your eyes
How can you whiten your eyes? How can you get relief for your red eyes?
Eye drops are the quickest way to whiten your eyes, but you really should address the underlying problem.
Let's take a closer at red eyes, yellow eyes and how best to get your eye color back to a normal white.
How to whiten eyes from red or yellow
Eye redness can occur for a number of reasons. While eye strain, sleepiness and allergies are easy to self-diagnose and treat, other conditions could be the cause
Bacterial and viral conjunctivitis cause itchy, watery, red eyes.
If you constantly have the urge to use eye drops to moisten your eyes, you might have dry eye syndrome. Common among those with dry eye syndrome, a red growth or pterygium extends from the sclera to the iris.
Yellow eyes are often accompanied by a general yellowing of the skin called jaundice, and it can be caused by serious health conditions.
Anemia can lead to the breakdown of your red blood cells, which can cause your eyes to turn yellow. Malaria can also cause your red blood cells to mutate, one of the side effects of which is yellow eyes.
Jaundice could also be a sign that you have cancer of the liver, pancreas or gallbladder.
TIRED OF DEALING WITH IRRITATED, RED EYES? Talk to an eye doctor near you to find out how you can soothe and brighten your eyes.
How to make your eyes whiter
If you have allergies, steer clear of the allergen (if possible) and/or take an antihistamine.
To alleviate digital eye strain and the effect of blue light from your devices, limit your screen time.
If your eyes are red because they are tired but your body is awake, no amount of coffee will perk up your eyes. Get some sleep or try closed-eye meditation for a few minutes.
If your eye redness is caused by an eye condition or eye disease, you’ll need to see care from an eye doctor near you.
If you have yellow eyes, see your eye doctor. Your yellow eyes likely are a symptom of a serious underlying condition. Once the condition has been treated, the brightness of your eyes usually will return to normal.
How to make red eyes whiter naturally
Perhaps you don’t trust eye drops — maybe you’re afraid to put anything in your eye or you’ve had a bad experience in the past. Or it may simply be that you don’t have eye drops handy, and you need to whiten your eyes in a pinch.
If your concern is purely cosmetic, you can make your eyes look brighter by adding contrast: Put on mascara, use nude eyeliner or wear eyeglasses with dark frames. You also can try placing a cold spoon over your eyes to relax inflamed capillaries.
You also can whiten your eyes from the inside-out by eating more foods rich in vitamin C and beta-carotene. While this natural method is slow-acting, it’s also long-lasting, so be patient with the process.
ARE THE WHITES OF YOUR EYES YELLOW? Talk to an eye doctor immediately.
Page updated April 2020