How to Handle Puffy Eyes

Ah, puffy eyes, everyone’s favorite beauty ailment! Waking up with swollen red eyes is a frustration for many, but there are several causes and treatments for them. If you have a swollen eye, be sure to get in for an appointment. Whether it’s allergies or something more serious, I can help determine the cause and the best course of treatment. Here are a few examples.

  • Allergies: One of the most common causes for swollen eyes, and also fairly simple to treat. Simple antihistamine eye drops or oral allergy medications can help relieve the symptoms, but it depends on the individual situation.
  • Pinkeye (conjunctivitis): Another common cause, pinkeye can be treated with anti-viral eye drops or antibiotics.
  • Contact lenses: Often, patients will come in with red, puffy eyes as a result of wearing their contacts. Usually it’s a result of not following the directions (wearing them too long, wearing them overnight), or not cleaning them properly. We can examine the possible reasons and determine a course of action from there.
  • Other infections: Styes, blepharitis, ocular cellulitis, Graves’ disease…these can all cause swollen, red, puffy eyes. The treatments for these types of conditions vary, as some can be chronic or re-occurring.

Again, it’s important to get in for an exam so we can diagnose and treat the issue. While it may be something simple, I can still help you find some relief and rule out more serious infections. Give us a call today!


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