Ocular Edema or Puffy Eyes

Eyes | Ophthalmology | Ocular Edema or Puffy Eyes (Symptom)


Puffy eyes are a common symptom of allergy, infection, inflammation, or even physical irritation. Puffy eyes result from excess fluid (edema) in the soft tissues surrounding the eyes. Puffy eyes may occur in conditions affecting the eye area itself or in association with more generalized conditions, such as colds or hay fever.


Inflammation of the surface of the eye (conjunctivitis) and inflammation of the eyelids (blepharitis) are common causes of puffy eyes. Other common causes include crying, lack of sleep, or excessive rubbing of the eyes. Depending on the cause, one or both eyes may be puffy, and the puffiness may be accompanied by redness, pain, itching, excessive tear production, or other types of discharge from the affected eyes.

Puffy eyes may accompany other symptoms related to the eye including: discharge from the eyes; dry eyes; excessive tear production; increased sensitivity to light; itchy eyes; lumps or nodules of the eyelid or skin; red, sore eyes (bloodshot eyes).

Diagnosis and Treatment

Some remedies for puffy eyes include changes in diet and lifestyle (under the supervision of a physician) to reduce the possibility of swelling, cold compress near the eye as cold temperature constricts blood vessels, a natural astringent, such as wet tea bags, a sliced cucumber, or even potato can also provide short-term relief.