Cure Swollen, Puffy Eyes

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11/20/2012: Debbie from Cobourg, Ont. Canada: "Hi, I am new to this site and was hoping I could get some advise on a condition I have been suffering for more then a year. The Doctors call it Bletharitis but I dont think that is what I have. My symptons come and go. Sometimes a few times a day. My eyes feel full of fluid almost like they are drowning this makes my vision blurry. Im constantly blinking and my eyes feel stressed. My eyes are not watering but my nose gets runny. In the morning my eyes are crusty but it doesnt feel like there is sand in them which is a symptom of bletharitis. I wash my eyes morning and night with baby shampoo and have done the hot washcloth routine with no improvment. Any suggestions? Thanks Debbie"

02/05/2013: Lou from Tyler, Tx replies: "It's called Blepharitis. Blepharitis is caused by the demodex mite. Everyone has them, but when the immune system gets out of balance, they reproduce more rapidly. There are helpful solutions on Earth Clinic. One I tried was to press warm green tea bags on the eyelids, lashes. The things I tried involved washing my eyebrows and lashes with tea tree oil shampoo (be careful not to get into eyes). There's actually an article written by an eye doctor if you search for it. You can also wash your eyelids with diluted baby shampoo. Be careful, as some of them contain dyes (in case you're allergic). There are also eyelid margin scrubbing wipes at the drugstore. I tried peppermint soap from the health food store. I started with the warm compress, washed with the soap, and then I rinsed with cold water over and over. I think it makes the environment non-hospitable for the mites. If they get on your forehead and bite (pimples) then hydrocortizone cream helps. I also have tried cleansing with Pond's cream at night. They can get into your hair follicles too. For that I used castor oil with a dollar store shower cap all night. Wash it out the next day. Then use a PH balanced shampoo and tea tree oil mint conditioner. Once the hair stops falling out to a lesser degree, try a natural bristle brush. Start at the hairline at the back of the neck area and work in sections. That's about it! Don't forget to check out the other cures. And change your pillow cases daily."

10/17/2012: Lee from Wollongong, Nsw Australia: "Hi, Im just wondering if anybody on here has had the same problem. Sometimes my eyes will water, (one eye is worse than the other), for days on end & the tears just roll down my face & no drops or products have helped so far. I have been to an opthamologist who examined my eyes & even did a procedure to unblock my tear ducts, this didnt work. He also gave me some "artificial tear" drops as he said sometimes if your eyes are dry, it can cause them to tear, this didnt help either. I am 49years old & this is driving me crazy. Does anyone have any suggestions. Your help would be most appreciated."

10/17/2012: Timh from Louisville, Ky, Usa replies: "Lee, no expert here but I can state some possible causes. 1. Some type debris or irritant from your home or workplace environment. 2. Some type infection. 3. Inflammation from items 1 or 2.

Make sure your indoor air is clean by replacing air filters (assuming you have this type unit for heating & cooling) w/ a higher end filter like electrostatic or better yet HEPA or HEPA Type filter; or purchase a stand alone unit like Negative Ion or Ozone unit.

Magnet Therapy can help w/ inflammation. Place a refrigerator magnet over the eye for 5 minutes a few times per day. Place the side that sticks to metal over eye. Colloidal Silver is a very effective antibiotic for the eyes especially."

10/18/2012: Wendy from Columbus, Oh/usa replies: "My right eye has been watering more often, lately, although probably not as much as yours. Because of the watering, the corner of my right eyelid was getting raw and reddish, almost like a little rash. Here's what I did:

1. I got some castor oil at the health food store. Put just a little on a Q-Tip and smooth it over your eyeLIDS before you go to bed. Do not get any castor oil IN your eyes. (this is because the oil is not clean enough to put IN your eyes).

2. Clean up your diet: NO sugar, no processed foods. Only eat healthfully (fresh veggies, fruits, organic if possible).

3. I also got some eyedrops at the healthfood store that come packaged individually in little plastic tubes. You snap off the end, and put the solution into each eye.

After doing the above 3 things, my eyes have not been watering nearly as much, and the little rash is pretty much gone."

10/18/2012: Mmsg from Somewhere, Europe replies: "Lee, when I cut down on "junk food" the tearing stopped. You can also try eating more "eye food" like carrots and blueberries (or is it bilberries?) and goji berries."

09/24/2012: Jo from Adelaide, Sa, Australia: "Hi, am just wondering if anyone has any remedies to brighten eyes? I have no known allergies and a good helthy diet but my eyes are always red.... I use eyedrops to brighten them... I know this is bad. Just wondering if anyone has any clues for me? Thank you very much"

07/22/2012: Cat from Bop, Nz: "Any ideas on what to do for my mother. She's 74 this year, is blind in one eye and is on glaucoma medication for the sight in her good eye. In that eye, she has ingrown hairs on the bottom lid. She seems to be going to the doctor more frequently now and at times he pulls out 12 hairs! It's very painful naturally and she's beside herself as it's happening so often. The doctor has told her that particular medication will cause hair to grow and I've suggested she tell him to prescribe another one but she seems reluctant in case her glaucoma won't be controlled. Any suggestions on firstly ceasing or at least slowing down the growth of hairs in her bottom eyelid and secondly, controlling the glaucoma. Doctors tell her it's nothing to do with her high blood pressure but I fully believe it is, as when her blood pressure is down, so is the eye pressure. I've given her all sorts of answers from EC and others, some she sticks to (like ACV and BS) but others, she just "can't be bothered". It's so frustrating!!! But if I can get her some relief from eyelashes, then she'll think twice!!"

01/03/2012: Rachael from Phillipsburg, Nj: "Hello, I had this problem starting last February and it is back now that it is cold. The skin all around my eyes gets incredibly puffy. It looks horrible. It is extremely frustrating as I have tried a few a natural remedies but none really work. I do not want to use steroid cream even though that is the only thing that has worked quickly and thoroughly due to the serious side effects that result from steroid use.

Anyway, if anyone else has had this problem and has found a natural remedy, please let me know. I am desperate for a good remedy. (I have had bloodwork done and they eliminated any kind of medical problem. They say it is contact dermititis but I am certain it has to do with dryness since it is season-specific.)"

01/05/2012: P from Middle, Fl replies: "Castor Oil helps with my puffy eyes! I apply as a moisterizer and make sure to do circular motions around eyes! I know it's thick but you will get use to it... Maybe. I've learned to put coconut oil first then the castor oil will glide right in!"
01/05/2012: Francisca from Zug, Zug, Switzerland replies: "Hi Rachael, I have puffy eyes the whole year. I feel terrible when I look around me and hardly ever see another woman with these awful puffiness under the eyes! I have always had it but it became a bit worse with the age. From what I have read recently it seems to have something to do with dry eyes, which I have. So far nothing has helped. I know of a very good natural doctor here in Zug so I might try to see what she says. Whether I am well rested or not makes no difference!"
01/05/2012: Jen from Bozeman, Mt, Us replies: "Hi Rachel, I too get puffy eyes but I have recently figured out that a few things cause it for me. When I stopped eating gluten they went away. If I eat gluten they come back. When I drink red wine they show up for a few days as well. I believe the wine is the sulfites in it and gluten is a food sensitivity. I remember back in the days when I would put hemmorhoid cream under my make up to reduce the swelling and that usually helped a bit. Which leads me to believe my veins under my eyes were swelling and causing the puffiness. Hemmorhoid cream contains mineral oil, phenylephrine (vein constrictor), and petroleum. Castor oil would be a great replacement for the mineral oil. I don't need anything when I don't drink wine or eat gluten but I use castor oil a few times a week so maybe that's been helpful as well."

10/26/2011: Momo from Homestead, Florida : "Ok I woke up this morning with a crusty red swollen pus fulled eye that burned the instant I opened it. I bought the anitbiotics my doctor recommended. I hsave to put it on every 3 hours. But it gives instant relief for 15 minutes. After that it continues to worsen. Then I found Earthclinic and it actually made me want to try the Black tea bag recipe. Only problem is my parents don't want me to infuse tea with the medication. Any suggestions?"

02/15/2012: Theresa from Stuart, Florida replies: "Use the tea! My grandmother always used it (13 kids, no doctors). My mother repeated what she grew up with when any of her 5 kids had eye issues. I now use it. My 4 have never missed a day of school for conjunctivitis, as the tea works VERY quickly. I use teabags at the first sign of any eye discomfort & it immediately feels better."


02/14/2011: Francisca from Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France replies: "Hi Dave, my father, who is 83 has the same problem. I would be interested in knowing your age..... He takes all kinds of medication including statins, I have no idea if there is a connection. You do see more older people with very watery eyes though, could it be connected to the age? Mine have just got dry, it seems to be connected to the age and long use of contact lenses, I am 53 and I am going to try Hyaluronic Acid to see if it helps. Any ideas about the watery eyes would be appreciated, I will pass them on to my father although he is not one to try new things unless the doctor tell him to!"
02/14/2011: Dave M. from Rathdrum, Idaho, Usa replies: "My age is 51, but I've got the eyes of a 60 year old. In the past year I've had shingles on my face and head and had a staph infection in my left eye. It's been months and my left eye was watering some what, but now both eyes are watering constantly. I don't know whats causing it and neither does the eye doctor. I put lubricant drops in all the time because they said it's from dry eye, but it does'nt help. I've tried apple cider vinegar and silver internally but it has'nt helped either. I'm thinking of putting them in my eye's to see if that works, but I'm almost afraid to. I'm at a loss what to do right now and could use any ideas that you or anyone else has. the way it is I'm thinking about filing for disability because of this."
02/16/2011: Caro from Blaricum, Netherlands replies: "Hi, You can try castor oil (wonder olie in Dutch), put some in your eye before you go to sleep. More info should be found on the web. Also green tea is a great remedy to 'clean' your eyes.

Good luck, Caro"
02/16/2011: Francisca from Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France replies: "Hi Caro, isn't it a problem if the Castor Oil comes inside the eyes? I tried it all over my face and thus also the eyes for a while but my eyes felt like I had little pins in them. I have also been trying vit. E under and around my eyes because I have little scars but in the morning my eyes are a bit swollen. I don't have watering eyes, my eyes are even becoming a bit dry.

By the way, I read this morning in a book I am reading that watering eyes can have something to do with allergies."
02/16/2011: Maureen from Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada replies: "Hi Francisca, I have put Castor Oil in my eyes nightly for months straight without any problem. I used quite a bit both in my eyes and around my eyes. I did not have a problem that I was trying to fix, just tried it because of posts I read on Earth Clinic. I do not have anything either good or bad to report as a result of using it although I did remember all my dreams as others mentioned here. Maureen"

10/04/2010: Maggie from Thornhill, Ontario, Canada: "Under my eyes are puffy what can I do to eliminate the puffyness."

10/05/2010: Addy from Flowery Branch, Ga replies: "I'm also looking to figure out what cause puffy eyes and have been researching it. It makes me look like I haven't slept in weeks! I always thought it had something to do with salt intake. I can eat a salty meal and I'm for sure to wake up and find major puffyness going on. And if I use a heavy moisturizer there, it seems to swell that much more. I've read it can be a hereditary condition which makes sense. My father has it also. I've read eye puffiness is an indicator of digestion issues. Which also makes sense also since I'm a member of the bad stomach club for most of my life. Any thoughts?"
10/05/2010: Francisca from Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France replies: "Like you I have no clue but I also have puffy eyes. I am 53 but have had them as long as I can remember and people have always been asking me if I am tired or ill or something. Not very nice.... My mother had the same thing and like you I also have a bad digestion. On the top of that (as if that wasn't enough), in my youth I got some fat things, like little warts which were removed with laser and now I have the scars. Like I said I have no idea what to do about it but I got rid of the dark circles I think by working on my bowels and I try to disguise the puffiness a bit with a concealer. Maybe someone here has a few tips because although this is not dangerous or anything it is not nice either!"
10/06/2010: Addy from Flowery Branch, Ga replies: "I woke up way early this morning and was flipping through the tv channels and came across a popular doctor's show here in the states and they talked about eye puffiness. They said to help with this condition, sleep on your back propped up on two pillows. They said it allows for proper lymphatic drainage in the face. That was pretty much it. I'm a side sleeper.. We'll see what happens tonight!"
10/06/2010: Tara from Boston, Ma replies: "Wheat gives me puffy eyes! Small amounts, not so much, but if I eat pizza, forget it the next morning! Goes away in 24 hours thankfully. I suggest you try cutting out wheat and see if that makes a difference. Good luck!"
02/29/2012: Lou from Tyler, Tx replies: "Try super digestive enzymes for digestion and coconut oil for constipation. They both work well."

09/17/2010: Sophie from Pdx, Oregon : "This is questions for Ted, I've had this on going itchy skin, fatigue, excessive thirst, dry eyes, and itchy scalp some dandruff which I treat with you ACV and hyrdrogen peroxide mixture it goes away for awhile then returns and I just do the process again. For my skin and eyes I take E (1200 IU), and A ( 90, 000 IU) daily. Flax seed oil, and 1 T Virgin Coconut oil. Castor oil makes my eyes red, I have to put it on my the oil eye lid and use warm compresses this helps. My doctor placed a plug in my tear ducts to hold the tears in this has not helped plus I'm highly allergic to most eye drops because of perservatives which burn my eyes. I also bathed in borax soap for three weeks to see if that would help but not really. I drink warm fluids, I'm a vegetarian and recently stopped eating all flour products. I've been tested for diabetes, and sjorgrens both negative. I did have severe anemia they thought it was because my menustral cycle was running every 21-22 days. For anemia I take iron tablets and blackstrap molasses. I'm currently taking World Organic Potassium iodide three drops daily. Anyhow, I still have dry eyes, and thirst at night I drink a 1/2 liter of water every night. I would appreciate your comments and insight."

09/19/2010: Ily from Brisbane, Queensland, Australia replies: "Hi Sophie from pdx. You mention you are a vegetarian, are you eating soy product? Some of your symptoms sound like mine when I finally discovered I was allergic to soy. I also had an itchy rash on the torso though. Also you might need some magnesium supplements to help with the thirst, if I don't take magnesium at least 5 times a week I suffer from terrible thirst. Hope this helps. Lily."
09/29/2010: Sophie from Pdx, Usa replies: "Thanks for the information I was drinking soy everyday and just stopped recently! I'm also gluten free. I will try the magnesium that you suggested so see if I see a change, I recently stopped the estrogen patch (I was only on it for two months) After I read Ted's piece on progesterone deficiency as opposed to estrogen deficiency may be causing the symptoms I'm having. So now I'm just progesterone to see what happens. I have been doing the trial and error process for few years now. I have found just distilled water to spray in my eyes at night helps a lot since I have a reaction to most everything I tried except everyday drop by R_____ preservative free for sensitive eyes."

09/12/2010: Darren from Seneca, Sc: "Could someone give me a cure for alternating exotropia. One of my eyes will look straight and the other will look to the wall and the other eye does it too. It is becoming a real inconvenience. My eyes will hurt then I will get headaches out of nowhere. I can't afford surgery right now."

09/18/2010: Pheobec from Doraville, Georgia, Usa replies: "In response to Darren about Alternating Exotropia. My son had this condition for years and it affected his ability to learn in school. Please don't have surgery! His problem was remedied by finding an optometrist who specializes in vision therapy. There aren't very many of them but this is definitely something that works. Every six weeks the doctor would check his progress and adjust his therapy regimen. It was amazing to see the difference each time he was tested. Because of his problem he had never enjoyed reading and during the year he went to therapy he read 52 books without suffering the fatigue and headaches he used to have before. His performance in school improved drastically and overall he was much happier. The therapy generally consists of an initial evaluation (4 hour test) followed by therapy once a week for about a year with exercises that are to be done every day at home. It takes a while but the positive effect is permanent and most important it is non-invasive. Feel free to email me if you have questions (pvcera@gmail. Com) Thanks and good luck! Pheobe"
12/03/2010: Catherine from Wellington, New Zealand replies: "Just in case your condition is what we used to call "lazy eye" I read in Dr Hulda Clark's book that the parasite Trichinella is "a common eye parasite that invades the eye muscles, so that a muscle is weakened and doesn't allow perfect alignment of the two eyes" Worth checking out anyway. Best of luck"

07/31/2010: Lifesurfer from Richardson, Tx, Usa: "Hello,

I was wondering if anyone has heard or know how to treat toxoplasmosis condition of the eye? Thank you!"

EC: For those who have never heard of this condition (an infection due to the parasite Toxoplasma gondii), more info here:

10/22/2009: Bitsy from Knoxville, Tn: "Question - does anyone know how to get your oil glands in your eyes to start working again. The glands- meiobian gland - aren't working and so I have dry eye. I am slightly anemic and 45 year old female - perimenipause is starting - adrenals are definetly off. I'm just not sure as to why my glands are atrophying and how I can reactivate and open them back up"

07/05/2010: Julia from Deltona, Fl replies: "One of my sons tear ducts was completely closed when he was born. The doctor gave me drops to try and open it and they didn't work. So I went to the library and found a book with Edgar Cayce remedies. He said to grate a clean potato, skin, juice and all onto a clean piece of gauze and place it on the eye 3 times a day. Within 3 days his eye was normal."
12/30/2010: Dot from Sydney, Australia replies: "Bitzy from Knoxville,
I have dry eyes and mouth which has turned out to be Sjogrens. I use a preservative free gel at night, without it I couldn't function. I have been using several of the Earth Clinic remediesm for all things, baking soda, vinegar etc. I may try the flax oil and primrose as mentioned in the post above. Being consistent is my problem. I'll give it a go. NYE resolution!"

07/13/2009: Viny from La Plaine, Dominica: "pterygium eye: I have had repeated eye surgery with auto and amniotic grafts with no success... Can you pleasse suggest a rememdy... thanks in advance"

EC: "Pterygium usually refers to a benign growth of the conjunctiva. A pterygium commonly grows from the nasal side of the sclera. It is associated with, and thought to be caused by ultraviolet-light exposure (e.g. sunlight), low humidity, and dust."


06/27/2009: Georgibush from St. Petersburg, Florida: "I have a cyst inside of the eye. Dr wanted to put a needle in my eye with steroids but couldn't guarantee it wouldn't come back. I would love to shrink this cyst without having a needle insert into my eyeball. Thanks for any help or suggestions you can give me."

06/29/2009: Dianna from Austin, Tx replies: "have you tried castor oil? put some castor oil into your eye each night. my mom used to get styes in her eye and this always made them go away. castor oil is known to help cysts go away too,

good luck"

06/17/2009: Barron from Sarnia, Ontario Canada: "I was wondering if anyone else has had this happen? about once a month I get this weird thing happening with my eys,, it's hard to explain unless you have had it happen to you. I get like watery things.. swurlling.. in my eyes.. like a hazie look..i t lasts for about 20 minutes then goes away..went to the eye Dr once.. but he never heard of it,, mmm,, so much for eye Drs, he said it was probably my tear ducks..or something like that... Pls help.. some else must have this problem too.."

07/31/2009: Michelle from Cambridge, UK replies: "I have something similar, I don't know what it is yet, but I am having discussions with neuro-opticians and will let you know what turns up. It is worrying and I lost my sight in one eye completely for five minutes. The doctors said I was lucky to keep my sight, and are now trying to uncover the cause. They have eliminated blood clots as a cause."
08/01/2009: Zeeka3 from Cairns, Qld Australia replies: "Hi, I had that swirly haze for years, found out it was attacks of very high blood pressure. Zeeka3"
08/29/2009: Lorrie from Akron, Oh replies: "I, too, get these but instead of swirls they are like colorful moving steps, which interfers with vision and I cannot read anything and it does last anywhere from 20-30 minutes. I thought I was losing my sight. It really scared me but I later learned my mother had the same thing. I read it is a visual migrain-just no pain. They come about when you are under STRESS. I have had these for 25 years and this sounds like what I have experienced."
07/16/2012: Candy from Fort Madison, Iowa replies: "I am so thankful for this website. I was having this scary watery vision that comes and goes. doesn't happen very often, but scares the heck out of me when it does. Has there been any more info. or feedback on this post? Thanks to all of you who contribute."



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