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How to Treat Swollen Eyes In the Morning

author image Elizabeth Wolfenden
Elizabeth Wolfenden has been a professional freelance writer since 2005 with articles published on a variety of blogs and websites. She specializes in the areas of nutrition, health, psychology, mental health and education. Wolfenden holds a bachelor's degree in elementary education and a master's degree in counseling from Oakland University.
How to Treat Swollen Eyes In the Morning
A senior man pulls down one of his eyelids as he looks in the bathroom mirror in the morning. Photo Credit: Mark Bowden/iStock/Getty Images

As the tissues around the eyes weaken as you age, waking up with swollen eyes in the morning may become more common. Although swollen eyes are not typically a medical concern, they can be unattractive and many people look for ways to reduce the puffiness. Many at-home treatments will do the trick under normal circumstances, but you should always consult a doctor if your eye swelling is particularly severe or persistent.

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Step 1

Apply a cool compress or cold, wet washcloth to the eyes for approximately 15 to 20 minutes. Remain sitting upright as you do this and use mild pressure, suggests

Step 2

Take allergy medication if your swollen eyes are caused by allergies. Try an over-the-counter antihistamine medication first, but if that doesn’t work, ask your doctor if a prescription allergy medication would prove useful.

Step 3

Remain upright. Keeping your head up may help the fluid pooling under your eyes to dissipate, which then may reduce the puffiness.

Step 4

Avoid excessively rubbing or touching the area around your eyes. Doing so may contribute to the swelling and create dark circles, according to Dr. Gary Goldfaden in the March 2005 issue of "Life Extension Magazine."

Step 5

Get some more sleep. If you had less than seven to eight hours of sleep, sleeping may help reduce the swelling. Keep your head slightly elevated while sleeping to prevent fluid from pooling under your eyes.

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