Puffy eyes from CPAP

by Sandra Bufford
(HESPERIA ca usa)

I've been on the cpap for a month I still get bags under my eyes and till sleepy in the morning.


Answer


Dear Sandra,

I will give you some helpful tips to prevent and treat these bags under your eyes.

The puffy eyes are caused by CPAP, but doctors have some difficulties to explain how CPAP therapy can cause the bags under your eyes.

Unfortunately, you didn't tell me more details about your type of cpap mask, or if you have leaks or not, or if the sleep apnea episodes are much better than before, so I would write different causes that may provoke the puffy eyes.

Causes of puffy eyes


  1. wrong adjustment of the full face mask - if you have a cpap full face mask, this mask can push on your cheeks right under your eyes, and your nose right beside your eyes.

  2. cpap mask leaks - sometimes, when the mask is wrong fitted or when you move in sleep, tiny leaks of air get into the eyes, instead of entering into your mouth and/or nose.

  3. if the exhaust air is flowing into your eyes, it can dry them out and causing the swelling. Do not block the vents, because the CO2 is released through them!

  4. cpap mask too tight - if the mask is too tight, the pressure from the mask on your face can cause puffy eyes. In general, is not a good idea to tighten the cpap mask to improve the leaks.

  5. some patients with sleep apnea and puffy eyes from cpap have problems with the tear ducts, sinuses and eyelids. The air that enters in the airways, could also enter through these ducts to the eyes. If the air from the cpap machine is also humidified, the liquid may accumulate under the skin around the eyes.

Treatments for puffy eyes


In puffy eyes treatment, patience is paramount. It takes the body a period of time to get used to cpap, and many problems may appear when people first start out the cpap therapy for sleep apnea.

By the time you get the mask you like and get it adjusted perfectly, these problems will go away or they will get much better.

Also, to treat the bags under the eyes, you need any help you can get. Everything works a little; however, nothing is complete. Let's try the homeopathic treatments first:

  1. a big help for puffy eyes: put a metal spoon - any size - in the freezer for a few minutes. Then take the cold spoon and just place it over the baggy eye, for a few seconds.

    Continue moving the spoon around, touching the baggy areas for just another few seconds, until the spoon is not cold anymore.

    Tip: try this method only with on one eye, then look in the mirror!

  2. There are some cosmetic products to treat bags under the eyes and puffy eyes. Part of the key of their effectiveness is that they have a chilling effect. Olay Eye Serum works pretty well, is inexpensive and is not greasy.

  3. Cucumber works very well in some cases. Try to experiment, and put a cucumber slice on one eye and wait a little. Then look in the mirror and see the difference.

  4. If you have a full face mask, and the mask has a higher pressure on your face, because it's tight, or due to the higher strap pressure, try to experiment other masks, mainly nasal pillows or nasal masks such as Activa nasal mask.

  5. Due to the pressure on the forehead and around the nose, the lymph nodes - which are attempting to drain at night - remain blocked. This is a possible cause for the bags under the eyes and puffy eyelids, and can be prevent with ComfortLite 2.


I hope it helps. Don't be afraid to comment back.

Remy Thierry
Founder of Sleep Apnea Guide


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Jun 19, 2013
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eye irritation
by: Anonymous

I use a full face mask with my BiPap machine. I sometimes wake up with the edge of the mask resting on my eye lid. My eye, always the left, is blood shot and sore.

I have tryed readjusting the mask, but thus far it has not helped. I did a Bing search for others with the problem without result,

Feb 20, 2014
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Puffy Eyes from Nasal Pillows
by: Anonymous

Since the machine; small unit, level 10, air comes through pillows, my eye bags have gone from none to Jim Leher eyebags and I'm young with no wrinkles!

These make me look like I'm a mad old woman. I figure the pressure is going up my nostrils and into the sinus area all on its own. So don't refer people to use the nasal pillow cpap because it is worse than the mouth cpap; it doesn['t cause bags, but it breaks down the collagen by the straps across the face.

I know a man that uses the mouth unit with the facial straps and he doesn't get eye swelling, but gets the strap marks.

It is the nature of the beast; eye bags and facial strap indentions.

Jan 15, 2015
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Puffy eyes
by: JodI

I am 3 months in to using my CPAP machine with humidifier and nasal mask . I wake up often adjusting the mask due to my sleeping habits but worst is I look terrible from the puffy eyes. It takes almost all day to get rid of them then it starts all over. I have tried readjusting the mask to make sure it is not too right or loose. I do feel better over all since using the CPAP but very frustrated with looking bad with the puffy eyes.
I have dry eyes anyways would getting my tear ducts plugged help with this problem?

Mar 04, 2015
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comfort masks
by: Michele

There is a soft mask that completely minimized my mask problem. It uses air to create a tight fitting against the face. It's so comfortable. I cannot imagine going back to hard plastic masks.

Mar 07, 2015
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puffy eyes with little es
by: Sue R.

I have had a cpap for a few years but only started using it regularly for the past six months.

I now have terribly puffy and dry eyes and big circles/lines under eyes.

Other than cosmetic remedies (cucumbers..frozen spoons...teabags) has anyone used the cloth mask with a) good results as a mask in general and b) reduction of puffiness, lines(bags)? Or, any suggestions?
Thank you.





Mar 07, 2015
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My effective solution
by: Nancy

I have had multiple surgeries in my left eye for glaucoma. When I started CPAP a few months ago I had a dry painful left eye from the exhaust vent.

What i did was slip a small ladies sock (cotton is best-allows your eyelids to breathe)between the bridge of my nose and the part of mask support that connects to the head gear (goes from mask to forehead). I spread out the sock to cover both eyes and make sure no air hits either eye.

It has been a very effective protection technique and costs nothing, if you have lots of clean single socks lying around. The sock stays in place most of the night, although I was told when I had my sleep study that I did not move at all for the whole night. So it works for me and I hope there is someone out there that finds this helpful too.

I want to thank you for this informative website. I stumbled upon it in my search for some kind of help for chronic dry eyes due to my surgeries and medications.

I have used the massage techniques and eye hygiene tips and found them to be so soothing and relaxing. Thanks again!!l

Mar 09, 2015
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Dry/Puffy Eyes
by: Anonymous

Thank you for your suggestion to use a sock. I will try tonight! I don't use the mask with the forehead piece - hopefully it will work with the mouth/nose style. I also found a liner - called remzzzs (remzzzs.com). I have not purchased them yet but plan to.

May 17, 2015
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Help from headbands
by: Sleeping zenbaby

I am using a BiPap at a high level and also had issues with puffy, crusty, eyes. So after months of suffering I had a lightbulb moment while washing my face before bed.

I use a cloth headband to hold my hair back, and as it slid over my eyes I remember thinking, " this would be great to keep light out if I slept during the day."

Then I thought I could try it for keeping the air out of my eyes and protect from mask digging into them.

It also helps that they are soft cotton and washable. Hopefully this idea helps someone else.

Aug 15, 2015
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Bubble in eye?
by: Anonymous


is it possible because of air leak I got little jell look bubble in my eye?

how long you have to use this to see the result ?

I got ear pressured too.

please help.

Oct 08, 2015
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Still have very bad puffy eyes.
by: Anonymous

I have had my Cpap for 11 months now and used a nose/moth mask for about 5 months, but wasn't working because my facial features are small.

I switched to the nasal pillows and my eyelids are becoming more and more puffy to where my eyelid hangs out to my eyelashes.

I've done eye serum, cucumber, cold rag, ice pack and nothing works???? I use eye drops for dry eyes throughout the day.

I look awful, can't wear eye makeup of any kind and my eyes bother me all the time??????? Help help help??????

Nov 02, 2015
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bags under eyes remedy worked for me
by: Anonymous

I am new to CPAP and , as so many of you have commented, also immediately found it gave me huge bags under eyes and my eyes felt terrible all day.

Yesterday, after almost 2 months suffering with this, I had an aha moment. I have a small, light silk scarf - very sheer fabric. I folded it to a 2 inch wide strip and wrapped it lightly over my eyes and tucked the ends in under the mask straps. It felt so good and this morning - no bags and my eyes feel much better!

Added benefit is that any light that might bother my sleep is blocked out. Can't wait to try it again tonight.

Dec 07, 2015
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PUFFY PUFFY AND BLACK EYES
by: ANA

I HAVE BEEN USING MY MASK FOR A COUPLE OF MONTHS. HAVE TRIED SEVERAL PILLOWS AND NOSE COVERED. I FEEL GRATE AND SLEEP WELL. NO SNORING ANY MORE, BUT, AND THIS IS MY PROBLEM I WAKE UP WITH EXTREMELY PUFFY AND DARK EYES, MY EYES BOTHER ME A LOT DURING THE WHOLE DAY AND I THOUGHT IT WAS EYE PROBLEMS UNTIL I READ ALL THESE COMMMENTES. NOW I AM SURE ITIS MY MASK THE CAUSE OF MY PUFFY EYES. I LOOK HORRIBLE, LIKE IF I HAVE A TERRIBLE DISEASE. I TRIED ICE AND IS NOT WORKING. I WILL TRY SOME OF THE SUGGESTIONS HERE, AND I WILL SEE HOW IT WORKS. I WAS LOOKING AT THE CLOTH MASK VIDEO. I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW FROM SOMEONE THAT HAD USED IT IF IT WORKS. I DONT WANT TO EXPERIMENT WITH ANOTHER MASK, SO FAR I HAD WITH FOUR DIFFERENT MASKS AND WILL ONLY TRY THE CLOTH MASK IF IT REALLY WORKS. PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF SOMEONE HAD USE IT AND THEIR RESULTS. OTHER THAN THAT I AM HAPPY WITH THE MASK AND HOW WELL I AM SLEEPING. MY HAPINESS WOULD BE COMPLETE IF ONLY I COULD GET RID OF THE PUFFY AND BLACK EYES.

Dec 26, 2015
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I Look Like A Horror Movie
by: Anonymous

Other than the mask itself, could it be from the humidifier part of the CPAP? The moist air is going into our sinus cavities. I am so glad I found this site. When I wake up my eyes are so swollen and baggy and dark that I look like a horror movie. I am going to the doctor soon so I will mention this to her and see what she says.

Dec 30, 2015
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Huge bags of water under my eyes; water swollen eyelids
by: Anonymous

What is the solution to this? My sleep apnea doctor's reaction was "Duh?" Half of these doctors are simply fools with licenses to kill. I have water blisters on the whites of my eyes now. I look horrific. Can someone email a solution to me? treid31@juno.com PLEASE. PLEASE. I have eye discharges now also. The "doctor" says, "Don't make the mask so tight." If it's not tight, the oxygen vents out of the mask. Damned if I do and damned if I don't. I can either suffocate or go blind?

Dec 30, 2015
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"Michelle" and the Soft mask
by: Anonymous

Someone please tell me the name of the soft mask. Michelle, can you provide the name of it? I look like a creature in a Frankenstein movie.

Swollen eyelids. Eye discharge. Red eyes. Huge bags of water UNDER my eyes. Cloudy vision. And CPAP is the solution? Or going blind is the solution?

Jan 01, 2016
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Oxygen and Cpap
by: Anonymous

I have used a Cpap for 12 years and the only time I have felt good during that 12 years is the year they added 2 liters of oxygen with the Cpap. at the end of the year the insurance decided I didn't need the oxygen after one night of going without it.

I am now having all kinds of problems with my eyes. They are red, eyelids are raw, dry patches and bags under them, puffy, run constantly, burn, matted in the morning, and the whites of my eyes are red all the time.

I have been wondering if dropping the air pressure (currently on 12)and adding oxygen would help. Has anyone had any experience with this approach?

Jan 06, 2016
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Puffy eyelids,bags and dark circles
by: Brenda

Thank you all so much for info. I tried remzz liners and they would not stay put. They also cost 25 dollars. I am going to try to make my own from an old t shirt. I'm tired of looking like a monster

Jan 18, 2016
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Baggy eyes
by: Bryan

Iv had the Resmed machine for about six months iv got the readings down to near perfection but the fluid bags under and above my eyes is becoming worse if I don't wear the mask the problem is still there for several days.

I've been told my tear ducts have dropped and need plastic surgery will this help can't understand how air can get into my eyes while asleep ant ideas would be appreciated.
Thanks
Bryan

Jan 19, 2016
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Thank You!
by: Anonymous

Thank you for the comments. We have discovered that the Cpap needed to be turned down. New mask with no leaks. The skin around my eyes was raw.

I could tell a big difference the first night. Within a week the redness was gone. Seems my body cannot take the higher setting.

Now I am faced with another problem.....inadequate sleep due to oxygen level dropping. Catch 22!

Mar 16, 2016
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Monster Bags Under My Eyes
by: Anonymous

I've been using a C-Pap machine for a few months now and I immediately (after about the first week of use) noticed the monster bags under my eyes. On my first ENT doctor visit after getting the machine, I told the doctor - I had associated (with the use of the C-Pap), sleeping better with feeling better with looking better..... NOT THE CASE. I look like I have aged 10 years and it's not getting any better. I will try the sock / some type of fabric method covering the eyes tonight and can't wait to try it. I will experiment until I find some resolution because the only other alternative would be to STOP using the C-Pap machine. So happy to see that I am not the only person with this same problem. The doctor by the way - didn't have a clue. I stopped seeing him.

Mar 16, 2016
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ComfortLite 2 no longer available
by: Anonymous

The ComfortLite 2 model is no longer available. Is there a similar model that will not block lymph node drainage?

Mar 16, 2016
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PUFFY DARK EYES
by: ANA

I made already a comment a few months ago. I am still wearing the nose mask and i am happy with the way i am sleeping now vs like i was before. I still have the problem with the puffy eyes, baggy and redness of my eyes.

I am covering my eyes with the sleeping bags they give you when you flight in an airplane. They dont last long since i have to wash them often but my son flies a lot a bring me new ones.

I am also wearing a plastic bag with gel inside just for the eyes. The ones you put inside the freezer. Between those two i would say that had helped some of my problems, not totally. When i dont use them my eyes are really bad when i wake up. Using them helps, i still have some redness and puffy eyes but not as much.

During the day if i have time i use the other plastic bags with gel for like half hr before going out. I also keep in the freezer a stainly steel spoon and put under my eyes over the puffy spot.

It is not a total solution, but i really dont want to stop wearing my cap mask cz i can tell i sleep much better.

May 14, 2016
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Not alone
by: Anonymous

I am so glad to see that I am not alone. thanks for the suggestions. I will try them...I'm on my third mask.

Jul 25, 2016
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puffy eyes dard shadow eyes and my eyes are dry and bothering me
by: ana

this is my third comment. it is going to be 10 months using the mask. great to sleep, no snoring any more and I sleep all night, BUT BUT horrible morning with puffy eyes, dark eyes and eyes bothering me during the entire day.

I had used all the suggestions given here, ice mask, Oil of Olay serum, cold spoon cucumbers, etc etc. nothing work. now I have a stuffed nose like if I am catching a cold. if I don't use the mask I don't sleep well. I begin to snore. I don't know what to do. I am taking allegra, flunasone spray, cleaning my nose with saline bath before going to bed.

there is nothing that I haven't tried. feeling not better. I wish someone could help. my mask is the covered nose type not the full face or the nose.

Jul 27, 2016
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So glad to know its not just me
by: Judy

I have only had a cpap machine about a month and from the first morning I had bags under my eyes. I laid down this morning with a bag of ice water wrapped in a light tea towel on my eyes for about
15 minutes and it didn't help. Maybe it takes longer, but I didn't have longer. They are so bad this morning they hurt a little.

I have ordered the Dream Maker mask to replace the Wisp I have now to see if that will help. I am also going to try wrapping a scarf around my head tonight. Thanks to everyone who offered suggestions.

Jul 27, 2016
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puffy eyes and dry eyes
by: Ana

It is me again I will like to say that so far I had uses five different masks. the nasal and the pillow masks. with all I had experienced the same problem. I have to say that the nasal mask which is the one I am using helps me to sleep very well. I sleep all night and have no problems. my problems start when I wake up and look at my face so puffy and my eyes bothering me a lot.

Aug 24, 2016
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MY EYES MY EYES
by: Anonymous

Could it be my CPAP causing sore skin around my eyes, puffy eyes and hideous dry skin and crinkles underneath my eyes? It's driving me mad!

My eyes are looking awful and the skin is sore around them. Doctor gave me eye drops and anti biotics but no improvement. Can see obviously but it's really unsightly and making me not want to use the CPAP anymore!!

Sep 17, 2016
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1st time CPAP user
by: Anonymous

I went to my sleep study last night to be fitted for a mask. I chose the full face since I breathe out of my mouth. Horrible allergies my whole life (which means I have enough bags under my eyes for the DFW airport). I woke up at 5a.m. WHAT IN THE WORLD! No bags at 5 a.m.???? Asking myself is this a fluke? IDK because that never occurs. Oh well.. if so I'll find out soon enough when I get my machine- for now I will be hopeful.

Oct 04, 2016
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Pop Eyes
by: Big Swollen eyelids

My eyes are looking like two beach balls over my eyes. I am seriously getting frustrated in reference to finding the right mask. I have tried about six different masks inc., one claiming to assist with sinus and allergies. Frustrated and embarrassed to go out my door looking like Ms. Pop Eyes the Weasel. Help. Suggestions please!

Oct 23, 2016
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Puffy eyes
by: Sonya

I am new to my machine and use a full mask. I have irritated, puffy eyes in the morning. After reading these posts, I am going to use my itFit workout headband around my eyes and under the gear (but not under the mask) tonight. I believe the headband is wicking, and I know it's lightweight. I feel confident this will fix the issue.

Oct 25, 2016
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Puffy eyes from CPAP
by: Anonymous

I have this issue now after several months of using this, so I am going to start wearing an eye mask. I hope that works, if not I will try a sock.

Nov 16, 2016
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Me too! NEW
by: Anonymous

So glad to see that I am in good company with the Frankenstein look in the am! It is very frustrating!

I have extremely dry eyes, and thin corneas, so I was already putting muro 128 ointment on my lashes before bed; if I don't, I wake up with a corneal abrasion. (You can buy it on Amazon, the generic sodium chloride ophthalmic ointment, 5%, by akorn- much less expensive than the brand stuff in the drugstore) So- for me the problem is not dry eyes, or reddened, weepy eyes, they are just super puffy!

Super puffy. Above my eyes, and below, so swollen, and water filled, that my eyes are like slits. Ugh. I look awful, and when I told the lady at the mask place, she acted like she had never heard such a thing before.

I tried the nasal pillows, (for which I paid $200) and a chin strap, and I was full of air for several hours. Very very uncomfortable. Back to the full face mask. I'll try the thin cotton layer over my eyes tonite.

Nov 19, 2016
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Bags Galore NEW
by: Anonymous

I have been using a full face mask for severe sleep apnea for nearly one month and am sleeping better and have fewer events. But the eye bags are enormous! I cannot stop using this machine and return to very low oxygen levels, high pulse rate, and not breathing. That has all leveled out now. I will try all remedies listed here. BTW, I using the cotton liners. They are very expensive but they have stopped all leaks and I can sleep on my side with hissing. I think that tonight I will try an eye shade and loosen the mask and see if I still look 101 years old in the morning.

Nov 28, 2016
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Puffy dry eyes NEW
by: Kim

So glad to have come across this sight! Also glad I am not alone in this issue.
I am new to using cpap and I have full mask. First one lasted 3 days before leaking using replacement mask that wasn't to be used for 2 months to see if it lasts longer.
I have dry eyes already and it is making them worse like sandpaper! And I have horrible bags under eyes.

I have appointment to get fitted for different mask but it sounds like they all give the eye bags.!
I will try the suggested masks, liners etc.

Thank you for all your suggestions.
Please report back on what works.

Dec 03, 2016
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Sleep mask helped NEW
by: Anonymous

I read the comments about the lady who used the sock over her eyes. I decided to try my sleep now and the next morning I had immediate positive results. The swelling in my eye was much reduced.

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