Tired of waking up with puffy or swollen eyelids? Often the term “puffy eyelid’” and “swollen eyelid” are used interchangeably, but they are different.
While puffy eyelids may be a cosmetic nuisance, they are usually harmless and often the result of fluid retention overnight. Swollen eyelids are caused by an inflammatory response to an allergen, infection, or injury.
There are a number of common causes for swollen eyelids—some more serious than others.