Swelling around the eyes is a form of edema. Sometimes, this swelling is referred to as puffy eyes. This happens when the tissues surrounding the eye become inflamed or filled with fluid. Swollen eyes can be uncomfortable and even painful. You should know what you can do to relieve these symptoms, and help the swelling go down.
When any part of your body swells, you use ice to bring down the swelling. An ice cube may be a little too cold for your eyes, so a cold spoon is used. Take one of your metal spoons and place it in the refrigerator for 20 minutes. Remove the spoon and place it on your swollen eye. This will help the swelling to go down, and it will also help numb the area so that you are not in so much pain.
Make yourself a cup of green tea. When you are finished, place your tea bag in the refrigerator. When it cools off, place it over your swollen eye. Green tea contains a lot of tannin, which will cause the swelling to go down. The coldness of the tea bag will bring some relief from any pain the swelling is causing. Leave the tea bag on the eye for 20 minutes at a time. You can repeat this several times per day since it is all natural, and doesn't have any side effects.
Put a cucumber in the refrigerator. Slice the cucumber and then place one slice over each swollen eye. Let the cucumber sit on your eye for 20 minutes. This will relieve the pain and help the swelling go down faster. This will also work if you use a cold potato slice.
You can also make a paste for your eyes by blending your cucumber or potato, and then adding it to some cold water. Make sure when you apply it to your swollen eyes that your eyes are shut so you won't get the paste inside of your eye.