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What is the best way to treat puffy eyes?

Every day in the morning and by the end of the day I have puffy eyes. What should I do to treat this? Are there any natural remedies to treat the same?

7 Answers

If you only experience puffy eyes at certain points of the day it may be related to various reasons. If you are looking to treat a permanent eye issue that you feel is puffy you may do so with surgery. Without a photo it is difficult to judge and assess the puffiness. If the bulging is more substantial on a regular basis, then the fat can be removed by a blepharoplasty surgery. I suggest seeking consult with a board certified plastic surgeon.
Hi, please send us pictures.
To treat puffy eyes, we first have to diagnose the cause. Common causes are environmental allergies, such as to pollen, food allergies, and allergies/hypersensitivities to skin products such as eyeshadow. Those allergies must be prevented or treated in order to treat the eye puffiness. You can use medications such as Benadryl or Claritin for those. Some people even use topical treatments such as Preparation-H to shrink the puffy skin. Eyelid surgery, including skin removal, is helpful in severe cases. The surgery is called blepharoplasty.
It is best to get an evaluation in person and to make sure there is no underlying medical condition. Allergies may contribute to puffy eyes, and a trial of antihistamine allergy medication may help. Another simple remedy to try is to apply a very thin layer of Preparation H cream to the lower lids at bedtime. It contains Phenylephrine, which is a decongestant, and may help with some mild swelling.

Olga Bachilo, MD
If the puffiness is caused by the hereditary excess abnormal fat, laser surgical removal of the fat may give instant results and may have a lasting, lifelong relief.
You really need a consultation to know what can be done. Some people just have bags or puffiness that needs to be surgically corrected. There are no good ointments or salves to make the bags go away.

William B. Rosenblatt, M.D.
Plastic surgeon should see you to determine what eyelid treatment you might need.