Uganda: Why do my eyes swell when I sleep?

By Vincent Karuhanga

I always wake up with swollen eyes. My friends ask me whether it is because I cry at night or whether my husband beats me. What causes this swelling and how can I remedy it?

Ikona S

That mild swelling or puffiness under the eyes is like grey hair, wrinkles and a bald head since they are all common as humans age and when they occur one cannot easily dispute being of considerable age.
As we age, tissues and muscles all over the body including those that support the eyelids get loose and weaken with fat in the eye socket that normally cushions the eye shifting into the lower eyelid joined by fluids accumulating there to fill the left void.
This makes the lower eyelids appear puffy apart from creating under eye circles in what is called eye bags. Fortunately, eye bags are a mere cosmetic nuisance and rarely a sign of a serious underlying medical condition.
Several factors cause or worsen this effect, including, fluid retention, especially upon waking or after a salty meal, lack of sleep, allergies and smoking.
The truth is that not every elder has eye bags because this cosmetic nuisance seems to run in families.
Applying a cold cloth with mild pressure around the eyes while sitting up, cutting down on fluids before bedtime and reduction of salt in the diet to reduce fluid retention in the bags, avoiding smoking, having enough good quality sleep with the head propped up on a pillow, managing allergies especially to hair dyes, soaps, cosmetics or other allergens and use of cosmetic masks can ease the bags.
If this has no effect, cosmetic surgery may be contemplated.

Source Daily Monitor.

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