Treatments for puffy eyes

Puffy eyes are treated using a staircase treatment approach. The first stage is to ensure that you are getting adequate rest, nutrition. You should be conscious of your screen time, ensuring that you have good lighting and regular short breaks when working on screens and devices for long periods of time. This means looking across to the far side of the room or out of the window once or twice every 30 minutes to allow your eyes to refocus on a distance target rather than remaining locked on a near task for hours at a time.

Regular lubricating drops can soothe and rehydrate your eyes boosting your vision and reducing the puffiness.

Warm compresses applied twice daily with lid massage helps to encourage the oil glands within the eyelid to drain more freely and reduce any lid swelling or puffiness.  

Dry eyes are very common where people work in air conditioned environments, fly regularly, live or travel in cities where the air quality can be poor and in people who have thyroid dysfunction, allergies or other skin conditions such as Rosacea or Eczema.

A thorough eye examination means you will have a tailored personal treatment plan taking into consideration your job, lifestyle and hobbies. Puffy eyes shouldn’t stop us from doing things or enjoying our precious time off. If you are struggling with puffy eyes come and have a full assessment; they shouldn’t hold you back.

More about Laura Crawley

Ms Laura Crawley is a Consultant Ophthalmologist at Clinica London, Imperial College Western Eye Hospital, and The London Clinic. Her special expertise is in treating glaucoma patients as well as patients with glaucoma and cataracts. She has a lot of experience in treating glaucoma and has published extensively in scientific journals and on medical education. She still does a lot of emergency operations at the emergency department at the Charing Cross and Western Eye Hospitals for the NHS. At Clinica London, she is responsible for glaucoma patients and glaucoma patients with cataracts. She also sees patients with general eye problems.