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Banish bloodshot eyes this Christmas party season

It’s party season and many of us will get caught up in the annual cycle of going out more than usual and drinking more than we might normally.  The bad news is even relatively small amounts of alcohol can take a toll on our bodies and physical appearance.

When alcohol enters your system, tiny blood vessels on the surface of the eye (called the sclera) get dilated, causing the red, inflamed appearance of bloodshot eyes.

Don’t let bloodshot eyes ruin your party selfies, follow our top tips below to diminish the red eye look.

Cold compress

A towel soaked in cold water, an ice pack or a cold spoon can all provide relief from bloodshot eyes by easing any inflammation and irritation.  

Warm compress

A warm compress can also do the trick. Soak a towel in warm water and wring it out. The area around the eyes is sensitive, so don’t make the compress too hot. Place the towel on your eyes and keep it there for about 10 minutes. The heat increases oil production to your eyelids providing better lubrication and reducing potential irritation.

Witch hazel

Soak cotton balls in witch hazel extract and place on your eyes for 10 minutes. Witch hazel’s astringent properties help return the brightness that a heavy night can take from the eyes. You can also use witch hazel as a rinse to combat bloodshot eyes.

Tea bags

The relaxing effect of placing cool, damp tea bags over your eyes is widely known. It’s a treatment has enjoyed lasting appeal, and with good reason. Many varieties such as green, black, and many herbal teas provide a variety of benefits, including the reduction of inflammation and redness. Teas popularly applied to the eyes include green, black, chamomile and fennel.

If you're suffering from red, bloodshot eyes and don't think it's down to partying too hard, book an eye test with Optical Express today. Our expert opticians will carry out a thorough eye test using the latest technology. Not only that, you'll receive your very own iScan report that details the health, prescription and diagnostics of each of your eyes. 

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