Having swollen eyes means that there is an excess of fluid (edema) in the connective tissue around the eye, especially in the eyelids. 
Puffy eyes are not the bags under the eyes, that is, an aesthetic condition  caused by the accumulation of fat or liquid under the eyes. 
As you age, you weaken the tissues around the eyes, especially certain muscles that support the eyelids. 
The fat that supports the eyes can advance to the lower eyelids and the consequence is that the eyes appear swollen.


Causes of swollen eyes

There are numerous causes for swollen eyes; some are not dangerous and others can cause vision loss .

  • Chalazion
    chalazion is caused by obstruction of a meibomian gland (sebum); at the beginning it is possible that an inflamed stye will form if the glandular canal is obstructed and there is no sebum drainage. 
    The calyx then develops a hard sebaceous cyst . 
    Both the calyx and the tendon cause swelling of the eyelids, but the calyx is usually not painful, although it can be irritating and cause a heavy eyelid sensation.
  • Crying
    The eyes swollen by crying are caused by two factors: 
    1. Tears contain too much sodium and this substance tends to irritate and cause inflammation; 
    2. Usually when the person cries tends to rub the eyes, which increases the inflammation.


  • Swollen eyes

    Basedow-Graves disease
    The hyperthyroidismcaused by Basedow-Graves disease stems from an overactive thyroid and is often associated with:

    • Swelling of the eyelids,
    • Leading eyes,
    • Double vision ,
    • Drooping eyelids ( ptosis ).

The swelling is worse in the morning because the bed lacks the force of gravity that moves the liquid from the eyes down. 
After 5 minutes since the patient has risen, the swelling and discomfort in the eyes decrease.

Other diseases that often cause eye swelling:

  •  Pregnancy ,
  •  Hormonal changes associated with  the menstrual cycle ,
  •  Mononucleosis (swollen eyes may be an early symptom of infection),
  •  Medications ( water retention or swelling may be a side effect of certain antibiotics ),
  • Iodine in excess  in feed,
  • Excessive consumption of alcohol .


Swollen and red eyes

  • Allergy
    The allergic reactions in the eyes occur when the immune system has an exaggerated reaction to the presence of a foreign substance called allergen. 
    Among the most common allergens for the eyes are:

    • Pollen,
    • Dust,
    • Hairs of animals,
    • Some eye drops,
    • Liquid for contact lenses,
    • Make up,
    • According to the blood group diet , the allergy is caused by cereals, sweets, milk and dairy products. 
      According to natural diet , a vegan /  non-cereal raw diet can resolve the allergy.
  • The allergies in the eyes develop when eye cells release “chemical” mediators to protect against allergens to which the person is sensitive. 
    The most frequent is histamine that causes:

    • The dilation of the blood vessels of the eyes,
    • The swelling,
    • Itching in mucous membranes,
    • Red eyes ,
    • Eye tearing .
  • Conjunctivitis
    Also called the “pink eye”, conjunctivitis is the inflammation of the conjunctiva, that is, the clear covering of the surface of the eye. 
    There are several types of conjunctivitis:  allergic ,  viral and bacterial .

All of them can cause eye swelling in addition to other symptoms such as:

  • excessive tearing,
  • redness,
  • itching.
  • It
    usually appears as a reddish swelling on the edge of one eyelid. 
    The sty is caused by a bacterial infection and inflammation of a gland of Zeiss (sebaceous), Moll or meibomian (sweat). 
    When these sebaceous glands become inflamed, the typical symptom is swelling of the eyelids. 
    A stye is usually painful to the touch.
  • Blepharitis
    The Blepharitis is an inflammation of the eyelids, is usually caused by malfunctioning of the sebaceous glands in the eyelids that drain near the base of the lashes. 
    Blepharitis is characterized by swollen and sore eyelids.
  • Dermatitis  (sensitive skin that swells through contact with irritating substances).

Causes of swollen and sore eyes

Eye trauma
Any injury to the eye area (known as black eye) and trauma caused by plastic surgery (blepharoplasty or eyelid surgery) can cause inflammation and swollen eyes. 
When a black eye diagnosis is made, it is necessary to take into account that the hematoma tends to descend by the force of gravity. 
cranial trauma  near the hairline can cause a bruise that after 3 days moves to eye level. 
For this reason, it is necessary to specify to the doctor the point of the trauma because there is the risk of being confused with the swollen and reddish area.

Orbital Cellulitis
This is a rare but serious bacterial infection of the tissues around the eye that causes painful swelling of the upper and lower eyelids, eyebrows and cheeks. 
Other symptoms include:

Orbital cellulitis is a medical emergency and antibiotic treatment is often necessary to prevent optic nerve damage, permanent loss of vision (blindness), and other serious complications. 
If the infection is limited to the soft tissues of the eyelid, it is called pre-septal cellulitis. 
This disease is less severe than orbital cellulitis and can often be treated with topical medication without hospitalization.

Ocular herpes
Transmitted by the herpes simplex virus , sometimes the ocular herpes causes keratitis (inflammation of the cornea) and fibrosis. 
Symptoms of herpes in the eye may be similar to those of conjunctivitis , however, painful sores may be present, blurred vision, and swollen eyes that may be severe and may cause vision reduction. 
The types of herpes ocular (or herpes ophthalmologic) range from mild infection to a more serious eye health problem that can translate into a corneal transplant or even loss of vision.

Other diseases that can cause swollen and sore eyes:

Ocular tumor (rare)
Among the symptoms of cancer of the eye are: blurred vision or loss of vision ; the patient may also notice floaters or flying flies in the visual field.

Insect bites


Causes of swollen and dry eye

  • Sun and wind
    Too much sun can cause burns on the face that swell the cheeks of the face, nose, forehead and also the eyes. 
    Wind can irritate the eyes because it dries and deposits dust and sand on the cornea.
  • Wear contact lenses
    Improper care with contact lenses, such as wearing dirty lenses, swimming with lenses, or holding lenses in a dirty container can cause an eye infection and swollen eyelids. 
    Using damaged lenses can irritate the eyes and cause swelling.


Swollen eye symptoms

Other symptoms that may be present when the eyes are swollen or inflamed are:

  • Fatigue
  • Security View
  • Redness in or around the eyes
  • Loss of fluid through the eye
  • Pain in the eyes
  • Itching or burning sensation in the eyes
  • Difficulty in sight, double  vision or blurred (Basedow’s disease, orbital cellulitis, ocular herpes, eye cancer)
  • Foreign body sensation in the eye.


Diagnosis of swollen eyes

If the swelling lasts more than 24 hours, it is advisable to consult a doctor to control the eyes and to identify the true cause of the swollen eyes.

Sometimes swelling is a symptom of another disease. 
Treatment for the underlying disease can help heal swollen eyes.


Natural Remedies For Swollen Eyes

1. Do not underestimate water
Wash your face with cold water when you wake up to reduce swelling and then drink two glasses of water to moisturize the body.

2. Remove face and eye makeup

  • Remove the makeup using cotton disks and eye cleansing solutions. 
    Make-up that enters the tear canal causes inflammation and eventually infection until it is removed.
  • Dip a cloth or cotton pad in cold water. 
    Apply on face for 5-10 minutes.

3. Spoons
Two teaspoons are suitable tools to help temporarily reduce swelling of the eyes. 
Put 4 or 6 tablespoons into the refrigerator. 
To disinfect the eye bulbs we advise the patient to lie down, close his eyes and place a teaspoon (concave side down) on each eye. 
Once the spoon becomes warm, replace it with a cold spoon taken from the refrigerator.

4. It is possible to keep a gel mask or an ice pack in the freezer. 
Apply to eyes for 10 minutes. 
Be careful not to let the ice  get in direct contact with the skin because it causes burns. 
The ice has to be wrapped in a woolen cloth.

5. An effective natural remedy is the application in the eye of a  compress of cold chamomile , mint, ginseng or black tea because they make the skin smooth and stretched.

6. Keep your head to a higher level  while sleeping. 
It is normal to have swollen eyes when you wake up. 
To reduce the problem, try putting an extra pillow in your sleep so that the liquid goes down into the heart at night.

  • If you sleep on your belly, it is best to change your position and sleep on your back.
  • If you sleep on one side, you may notice that the eye below becomes more swollen than the other because this position allows the fluid to accumulate in that area.

An alternative is to lift part of the bed on which you rest your head by placing two objects under the foot of the bed.

7. Dip two slices of cucumber or potato in an ice pack and put on the eyes for 10 minutes. 
Natural astringent substances tighten the skin around the eyes.

8. The merchandise pharmacies cheek pads for eyes pretreated substances having anti-inflammatory . 
Apply the product under the eyes and leave for 15 minutes.

9. Keep the eye cream in the refrigerator and plug it up and down the eyelids.

10. Sprinkle  rose water on face and eyes to contract the muscles of the epidermis.

11. Water and salt 
To solve the problem of swollen eyes it is necessary to dissolve 1/2 teaspoon of salt in 1 liter of warm water. 
Soak two cotton balls or facial cushions in this solution. Then lie down and apply on the eyelids. 
Rest in this position for at least ten minutes, keeping the cushions over your eyes. The next morning, when you wake up, your eyes should be discolored.


Diet and feeding for swollen eyes

According to conventional medicine, you need to eat diuretic foods and avoid salt. 
Fruits and vegetables with diuretic properties are:

  • Cabbage,
  • Fennel,
  • Cucumber,
  • Celery,
  • Mirtilos,
  • Pineapple,
  • Watermelon,
  • Melon.

Blood Type Diet
According to the blood group diet, which has given good results in many people, the swelling is caused by cereals (also those without gluten) and sweets. 
Everyone can see the results when they stop eating:

  • Sweet candies,
  • Rice,
  • Bread,
  • Pastas,
  • Cookies,
  • Millet,
  • Spelled,
  • Barley,
  • Oats, etc.

Cereals can be substituted for legumes and pseudocereals (quinoa, amaranth and buckwheat or buckwheat). It is best to avoid potatoes too.

Higienimo and natural medicine
According to the vegan diet or raw food of natural medicine , the swelling is caused: 
1. For the diet rich in animal protein, 
2. Sal, 
3. Products that are processed which can be found in the supermarket, 
4 Foods rich in starch (cereals), 
5. Sweets.

The foods allowed by natural hygiene  are:

  • Raw fruits and vegetables,
  • Nuts and seeds,
  • Legumes,
  • Potatoes,
  • Better to drink distilled water.

Salt, chips, pizza with peppers and other very salty foods can swell the eyes.


Drinking less alcohol
The alcohol causes fluid retention in the face and can also cause dehydration . 
Limit alcohol consumption to 1 or 2 drinks at a time, 1 or 2 times a week. 
Drinking more than this may cause lowering of the skin around the eyes.

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