Eye pain can be a frustrating and difficult problem. Most eye problems can be resolved quickly at home using simple, general treatments. However, some conditions, such as allergies, eyestrain, or infection, may require more specific treatments. Contact your primary care physician if you are unsure about what can be done to stop your eyes from hurting. Eye pain can be treated in general 1 Use e20 minutes if you are using non-penetrating acids or corrosives (like battery acid). Contact poison control to seek medical attention. Rinse for a yewash to clean your eyes. If you don't have any, rinse your eyes with water or a commercial eyewash. If a contaminant, such as dirt, causes the problem, then this may suffice to fix the problem. The temperature of the solution and water should be between 60 and 100 degrees F (15.6 and 100 degrees C). Use sterile or bottled water if you are using water. It is important to take precautions to prevent bacteria, other contaminants or irritants from getting into the eyes. They are very vulnerable to infection and damage. Call poison control at 800.222-1222 if you have to wash your eyes because of contact with a contaminant. You can also seek medical attention immediately if your eye is irritated by a chemical burn or other contaminant. You will be told whether to wash your eyes after they come in contact with a contaminant. These guidelines will help you to clean your eyes. Rinse for five minutes if using mildly irritating chemicals like shampoo or hand soap. Rinse for at least 20 minutes if you have moderate-to-severe irritants like hot peppers Rinse for t least 60 seconds if using penetrating corrosives like bleach or drain cleaner. Contact poison control to seek medical attention. 2 You can also try over-the-counter drops for your eyes. These drops are used to reduce redness, itching and dryness. They replace the tear film layer that helps keep the eyes moist. There are many brands and over-the-counter artificial tear drops. It is often best to consult your doctor before deciding which brand of artificial tear drops will be most effective for your eyes. Sometimes, it may even be necessary to combine several brands. Artificial tears should be used in the case of persistent dry eyes, even if they are not symptomatic. The instructions vary from brand to brand, so make sure you read the label.  Artificial tears are not meant to replace natural tears. They can be used as a supplement. Preservative-free drops reduce the chance of irritation or allergic reactions in already dry eyes. You can use over-the-counter eye drops up to four to six times per day or as often as needed. 3 Relax your eyes. Avoid bright light sources to give your eyes some rest. This can be done by sitting in darkness or covering your eyes with an eye mask that is used to aid sleep. The pain caused by overexposure to sunlight can be greatly reduced by even an hour of darkness. If you have the time and inclination, avoid watching television or computer screens for more than a day. Constantly working on a computer or watching TV can cause eye strain and dryness. After three to four hours of prolonged screen time, most people feel the strain. For more proactive tips, see Method 2. 4 Use a compress. A cold compress can provide quick relief for eye pain. Because it can constrict blood vessels in the eye, making your eye less irritated. Because it decreases the stimulation of nerve endings, it can also help relieve pain from the injury. Make your compresses  . Take a clean spoon and a cup full of cold water. To avoid bacteria entering your eye, ensure all tools and hands are clean. After placing the spoon into the cup, let it sit for three minutes. Next, take the spoon out of the cup and place it on your eye. You can do the same with the other eye. Because metal retains cold better than fabric and towels, a spoon is a useful tool. Wrap some ice in a towel or put it in a bag. Place your compress on one eye. Let it sit for five minutes. For five minutes, repeat the process for the second eye. Ice should not be applied directly to the eye. It could cause damage to both your eye and the delicate skin around it. The compress should be held against your eye for at least five minutes and a maximum of 15 to 20 minutes. Don't press too hard. 5 Get away from contact lenses. Take off your contacts and don't forget to put on your glasses. Contacts can dry out your eyes and cause itching if they're not properly positioned in your eye. Check for dirt and rips after removing the contact. If you find any problems, replace the contact. There are special lenses for contact lens wearers that are "breathable". These lenses allow the eyes to dry less and are better suited for contact lens wearers. Ask your professional for explanations and examples. 6 Contact your doctor. Consult a doctor immediately if the pain becomes unbearable. Eye pain that is intense and persistent should not be ignored. It could be a sign of a more serious problem. Consult your doctor before you rush to take any risks. If the problem persists for more than a few days or weeks, the problem may be much deeper than a small piece of dirt. Your doctor can diagnose the problem and recommend the best course of action. You should visit an emergency room immediately if your eyeball is visible or you have other symptoms such as visual changes, nausea, vomiting, or headaches.