You may have puffy eyes due to inherited features, eye fatigue or skin texture. You’re also more likely to have them as you age because the tissues surrounding the eyes become weaker.
In some cases, swollen eyelids may indicate certain medical conditions. In this post, your local vision center, Lifetime Vision Source, discusses when puffy eyes require a doctor’s visit.
Causes of Puffy Eyes
The skin around the eye is the thinnest skin in the body and one of the most sensitive. This makes it prone to swelling and discoloration.
Swelling around the eyes is typically caused by too much fluid buildup or edema. It can be caused by consuming too much salt which leads to fluid retention. Allergies, sinus problems, dehydration, fatigue, stress and crying can also contribute to fluid accumulation.
Moreover, you have puffy eyes when you wake up because you don’t blink in your sleep. This causes fluid to accumulate in the eyes. The puffiness subsides in around an hour as the edema is brought back to circulation.
When to See a Doctor
Swollen eyelids can indicate underlying medical problems and it’s important to visit your eye doctor. Thyroid eye disease can cause eye tissue and muscles to well. Bulging eyes may also signify a thyroid disease called Grave’s disease. Kidney failure causes swelling within the body including the eyelids.
Allergies from foods, chemicals or hay fever can also cause puffy eyes. The body produces histamine during an allergic reaction that has detrimental effects on body tissues. This includes leaking of fluid from the blood vessels which may cause edema.
Visit your doctor if you’re experiencing severe, persistent and painful swelling and if you’re experiencing red and itchy eyes. You can rely on Lifetime Vision Care for your eye care needs. We provide treatment for different eye diseases and comprehensive contact lens exam. Call us at (701) 864-3777 or complete our schedule an appointment online. We assist patients in Medina and Valley City, ND.