Friends today I am discussing about puffiness under eyes or swollen eyes .
Swelling in eyes occurs due to multiple conditions such as allergies, bacterial infections or viral infections like conjunctivitis and blepharitis (inflammation of the eyelids), irritation of the eyelids, constantly rubbing the eye, insect bites, adverse reactions from antibiotic eye drops, and diseases like an adjoining sinus infection and periorbital cellulitis. If the swelling in the eyes is not treated on time, it might lead to serious eye problems like loss of vision, blurry vision and eye pain. Along with home remedies like applying a cold pack on the eyes, over-the-counter anti-inflammatory eye drops are beneficial in reducing the swelling.
Homeopathic remedies that help reduce swelling in eyes include apis mellifica, arsenicum album, euphrasia officinalis, kalium carbonicum, rhus toxicodendron, belladonna, aethusa cynapium, senega and spigelia anthelmia. Consult a doctor before self-medicating with a homeopathic remedy. A qualified doctor considers individual symptoms along with the patient's mental and physical condition before prescribing a remedy. Homeopathic remedies are unique to the body constituency of the individual and their tendency to suffer from particular conditions, hence a remedy may not work well for everyone alike
Homeopathic medicines for swollen eyes
Common Name: The honey-bee
Symptoms: Apis Mellifica is recommended to those who have severe swelling, inflammation, sensitivity and soreness in the body. It helps treat blepharitis and also manage the following symptoms:
Puffiness and redness of the conjunctivae (the transparent tissue that lines the inner surface of the eyelid and the surface of the eyeball)
Piercing and sharp pain in the eye along with swelling
Eyelid inflammation; eyelids feel burning hot
Pain along the eye orbit (the socket of eyes)
Keratitis (inflammation in the cornea of the eye) with swelling in the conjunctivae
Inflammation of the eyes with pus formation that may or may not lead to staphyloma (an abnormal protrusion) of the cornea
Photophobia (sensitivity to light)
Symptoms worsen in the noon, after sleeping, on getting exposed to heat in any form, lying on the right side or touching the affected area. Symptoms improve when the patient baths with cold water or spends some time in the open air.
Common Name: Arsenious acid
Symptoms: Arsenious acid is best suited for people who feel extremely exhausted after a bit of hard work and experience burning type of pains. It helps reduce swelling in the eyelids and margins and swelling caused due to blepharitis. This remedy is also indicated for the following symptoms:
Redness in eyelids along with scales, and scabs
Ulcers in cornea and eyelids
Great sensitivity to light
Swelling around the eyes with excoriating (chafing) flow of tears
Ciliary neuralgia (headaches that occur in a cyclical pattern)
Symptoms become worse after consuming cold food and drinks, and in rainy weather, especially after midnight. The person gets temporary relief from warm applications, on consuming warm drinks and on elevating their head.
Common Name: Eyebright
Symptoms: This remedy helps reduce swelling in eyes that is associated with watery eyes and excessive flow of tears. It also helps reduce the following symptoms:
Conjunctivitis with an acrid discharge from the eyes
Swollen eyelids that feel burning hot
Tiny blisters on the cornea
Formation of sticky mucus on the cornea, which only comes off on blinking the eye
Release of thick and acrid discharges from the affected eye
Rheumatic iritis (inflammation that affects the coloured ring surrounding the pupil of the eye)
A constant feeling of pressure in the eyes
Symptoms worsen in the evening, on exposure to light and in a warm environment. Symptoms improve in the dark and after drinking coffee.
Common Name: Carbonate of potassium
Symptoms: Kalium Carbonicum is best suited for people who experience cutting and sharp pains in their body and cannot tolerate cold weather. This remedy treats swelling in the eye margins and lids and is also useful in the management of the following symptoms:
Sticky eyelids in the morning
Seeing black points and spots in the field of vision
Weak eyesight due to excessive sex
Swelling of upper eyelids and glabella (the skin between the eyebrows and nose)
A stitching sensation in the eye
Asthenopia (weakness and strain in the eyes)
Symptoms worsen in cold weather, in the morning, after drinking coffee or soup, on lying on the painful side or the left side and after sex. Symptoms become better in hot and humid weather, during the daytime, and while moving around.
Common Name: Poison-ivy
Symptoms: Poison-ivy helps to manage swelling in eyes caused due to blepharitis. It also helps reduce the following symptoms:
Orbital cellulitis (inflammation of tissues behind the orbital septum of the eye)
Swelling with redness of eyes (Read more: Red eyes causes)
Severe ulceration in the cornea
Iritis (inflammation of the iris) with pus formation; iritis on getting exposed to a damp and cold environment
Inflammation and swelling of the eyelids
Profuse lachrymation (tear flow) on opening eyes
Pain on moving or pressing the affected eye; inability to move eyes due to acute retrobulbar neuritis (inflammation of the optic nerve)
Symptoms worsen in cold and rainy weather, while sleeping and taking rest and while lying down on the right side or on the back. Symptoms improve in dry and warm weather, and on applying warmth to the affected eye.
Common Name: Deadly nightshade
Symptoms: Belladonna is known as a great remedy for children. It is also best suited for people who have a tendency to stare at bright things and experience throbbing along with a sensation of burning in the affected parts. Additionally, belladonna reduces swelling in the eye. Other symptoms that can be managed using this remedy are:
Swelling in the eyelids
A sensation as if the eyes are half-closed
Burning and redness in the conjunctiva, the patient experiences a throbbing pain in their eye on lying down
Eyes sensitive to light
Shooting sensations in eyes
Congestion in the fundus (a hollow region of the eye)
Diplopia (seeing double visions of a single object)
Exophthalmos (bulging of the eyeball which makes it come out of the eye socket)
All complaints get worse in the noon, on touching the affected area, and on lying down. Symptoms are better when the individual is sitting in a semi-erect position.
Common Name: Fool’s parsley
Symptoms: Aethusa cynapium is especially effective for people who have problems digesting milk. It also provides relief from the following symptoms:
Dilation of pupils
Swelling in meibomian glands
Eyes sensitive to light
Symptoms worsen in the evening and in warm weather and they become better in the open air.
Common Name: Snakewort
Symptoms: Senega reduces enlargement and swelling in eyes. It is also helpful in the management of the following symptoms:
Eyelid inflammation along with crusty and dry eyelids
A sensation as if the orbits are too large
Flickering of the eye, which makes one wipe their eyes frequently
Everything in the field of vision looks shaded
Double vision and hyperphoria (a condition in which the eyes do not point straight when at rest), which becomes better after bending head in the backward direction
Opacity in the vitreous humour (a gel-like substance present between the retina and the eye lens) of the eye
Symptoms worsen on walking in the open air, they become better when the patient bends their head backwards or sweats.
Common Name: Pinkroot
Symptoms: Spigelia anthelmia works best for people who are sensitive to touch. It also suits children that tend to feel excessive pain in their naval. It helps manage the following symptoms associated with eyes:
A sensation of swelling in the affected eye that then feels too large
Rheumatic ophthalmia (inflammation in the eyes)
Severe pain around and in the eyes, especially when the patient turns their eyes or puts pressure on them
Symptoms aggravate in the presence of noise and on touching or washing the affected part. All complaints become better when the patient lies down on their right side while keeping their head in an elevated position.
Dietary and lifestyle changes for a patient with swollen eyes as per homeopathy
Dr Hahnemann, the founder of homeopathic medicine, has recommended that patients who undergo homeopathic treatment follow some dietary and lifestyle guidelines to achieve better recovery from the condition and to maintain good health. This is partly because homeopathic remedies are made from natural substances that are highly diluted before use and hence their action is susceptible to any external interference. Let's have a look at those guidelines:
Keep your mind calm.
Keep your surroundings clean.
Use cotton and linen clothing in the summer season.
Follow an active lifestyle.
Avoid consuming herbs and vegetables that have medicinal properties or dishes made from them.
Do not read books while lying down.
How effective are homeopathic medicines and treatments for swollen eyes
Multiple homeopathic remedies are available to treat eye conditions like conjunctivitis. They help reduce swelling in different parts of the eyes such as the Meibomian glands, canthi (angles) and eyeballs. Homeopathic remedies provide long-term effects with fewer medications as compared to conventional treatment. In addition, they do not cause allergies, lower the body’s immune resistance or cause any damage to the overall health. There isn't much scientific evidence when it comes to the efficiency of homeopathic medicines for the treatment of swollen eyes. However, some studies do suggest that these remedies have some therapeutic action.
An observational study done in Austria indicated the efficacy of traditional homeopathy as a complementary treatment for allergic conditions. The study involved 40 participants who were diagnosed with symptoms of allergic conjunctivitis, bronchial asthma, neurodermatitis and allergic rhinitis. Both conventional and homeopathic treatments were administered to all the participants. After completion of treatment, 38% of the people reported a dose reduction of at least one conventional medication and 21 patients were able to discontinue at least one conventional medication completely. The study concluded that homeopathic remedies can be given along with conventional medicines to reduce the cost of healthcare and promote recovery.
A systemic review that was done to confirm the efficiency of homeopathic remedies in the treatment of allergic rhinitis (a possible underlying cause of swollen eyes) found that most studies so far have been unable to draw good evidence. Even though some of them do say that homeopathy has some benefits for patients with allergic rhinitis. More studies are needed to confirm the findings.