Eye Diseases & Care

Puffy eyes: Causes and treatments to improve

Lack of sleep, fluid retention problems or allergies may be behind puffy eyes. What to do to relieve this discomfort?

puffy eyes

Why the eyes swell? Puffy eyes, and sometimes reddened, of which we realize nothing else stand up. Behind the eye inflammation we can find multiple causes, from lack of sleep to some type of eye disorder. The allergies (pollen, cosmetics, insect bites …), spending many hours in front of the computer screen, wearing contact lenses too long can also cause the eyes to swell, and it is also a sign of fluid retention and warning to check the diet. Crying can also cause of eye inflammation. Let’s look more closely, what to do to relieve puffy eyes.

Treatments for puffy eyes

The natural remedies can be helpful for puffy eyes. Thus, among the most effective remedies is the apply slices of potato or cucumber, over the eyes for a few minutes. Apply cold can also be effective, either by washing eyes with cold water or placing a cold compress.

Another remedy is to apply a few bags of chamomile, after dipping in hot water and then let cool in the refrigerator, directly into the eyes.

If the cause of puffy eyes is fluid retention, should review the diet and reduce the presence of fat, sugar and salt, focusing more on diuretics and depuratives foods, such as fruits and vegetables. It is also important to increase the intake of water and cleansing teas.

Other tips that will help us to take care of our eyes and to avoid swelling are caring for the sleep hygiene (respect bedtimes and sleep on your back with your head elevated) and, if wearing makeup, clean face and, especially, the eyes.

Other causes of puffy eyes

The puffy eyes may appear by the presence of a foreign body or by a stye, but can also be the sign of some inflammatory disorder of the eye, such as conjunctivitis or blepharitis (inflammation of the eyelid). In these cases usually come accompanied by symptoms such as watery eyes, sensitivity to light, blurred vision, itching, and pain. In the case of infection or inflammation that does not subside, consult your doctor to avoid complications, such as infection of the skin and tissue producing the so-called cellulite.