Swollen, puffy or red eyes can have many different causes. The exact way to get rid of swelling around your eyes depends, in part, on the cause of the swelling. Common causes include crying, allergies, lack of sleep, too much sleep (especially after being short on sleep), too much time in front of a computer or television screen, too many hours spent reading, contact lenses, environmental dust or vegetable matter. Less common, but not as rare as one could wish, are conjunctivitis (also known as pink eye), blepharitis, periorbital or orbital cellulitis, ocular herpes, sties, and Graves’ disease.
Easing Swollen Eye Discomfort
There are some very simple things you can do to get rid of puffy eyes. Often, puffy eyes are the result of crying, too little sleep, or eyestrain from focusing on a computer screen, a printed page or small, delicate craftwork. When this is the case, your first line of defense is a wet washcloth. Moisten it with cold water – tap water will usually do just fine – squeeze out most of the moisture, fold it into a pad and gently press the cool cloth against your eyes.
A puffy eye treatment could also involve cold tea bags or chilled cucumber slices. The idea is to get something cool and moist over your eyes to ease the discomfort. The cool cloth, cucumber slices or tea bags help reduce inflammation and swelling. The tea bags, black or green tea will do as long as it doesn’t have added flavorings, have the added benefit of containing caffeine, which helps reduce swelling in blood vessels.
That Bag Isn’t Prada
There are fashionable bags that you might love to display but those bags under your eyes aren’t Prada. Too often, bags are the result of allergies, sleeplessness, aging or even a serious medical condition. If your family doesn’t have under-eye bags as a characteristic, and yours have shown up rather suddenly, then it is a good time to see your optometrist. He or she will diagnose the cause and will let you know if it is just the result of that late-night party or if you are developing something serious.
- Eye Bag Creams
Your optometrist might prescribe a cream as an eye bags treatment. Or you might want to explore some over-the-counter medications, such as hemorrhoid cream. Believe it or not, hemorrhoid cream shrinks swelling no matter where it is applied – just don’t get it too close to your eyes.
- Nutritional Products and Sleep
If you are wondering how to remove bags from under your eyes, two super things to try are a balanced diet with plenty of Vitamin A and regularly scheduled good sleep. These are both natural ways to relieve fatigue, allow the fluids around your eyes to settle down and to relieve many eye problem symptoms including red eyes, puffy eyes and bags under your eyes. You can also use nutritional products.
- Home Remedies
You’ve heard it many times before, but one of the best things you can do for your overall health, including your eyes, is to try home remedies. These remedies can include applying a cold compress, applying cucumber slices or gently massaging the area.
Ask your eye doctor how to get rid of puffy eyes. He or she will be able to examine your eyes and rule out diseases or disorders that could become serious over time. If stronger medicine than a cold tea bag is needed, he or she can prescribe something that is likely to work safely. If surgery is needed, your doctor will be able to advise you about that, as well.