How to Whiten the Sclera of the Eye

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Having bright eyes can have a major impact on how well-rested you look, and on your overall impression. Lack of sleep or environmental irritants, such as smoke or fog, can cause the eyes to appear bloodshot or red. Over-the-counter eye drops contain the active ingredient tetrahydrozaline hydrochloride, which causes the blood vessels in the eyes to constrict, reducing the appearance of redness and making the whites look whiter.

Close up of woman's eyes
Close up of woman's eyes (Image: Maria Teijeiro/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Step 1

Point your chin toward the air and tilt your head back while using your finger to pull down the bottom part of one eyelid.

Woman using eye drops
Woman using eye drops (Image: Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Step 2

Keeping your eye open, position the eye dropper above the middle part of the eye and squeeze out a single drop.

Step 3

Close the eye and press the inner corner lightly with a finger to prevent the drops from draining out of the eye or into the tear-duct passages.

Woman with eyes closed
Woman with eyes closed (Image: Photodisc/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Step 4

Repeat the steps with the opposite eye.

Step 5

Repeat, if necessary, in each eye, applying one drop at a time and waiting five minutes between each application.

Woman looking at eyes in mirror
Woman looking at eyes in mirror (Image: Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

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Tips & Warnings

  • Using blue mascara can also make the whites of the eye look whiiter
  • Do not use eye drops to whiten the sclera on a regular basis, as the eyes can build up an immunity to the active ingredient.
  • Do not insert contacts directly after using eyedrops, as the lenses can absorb the product. Wait 15 minutes before applying contacts.
  • Do not touch the eye dropper to the eye. This will contaminate the dropper and the eye drops if inserted back into the container. If the dropper touches the eye or any other surface, dispose of it immediately to avoid introducing infection.

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