What Are the Benefits of Eye Masks?

By Jonita Davis

Eye masks have many uses beyond that traditional masks used for sleeping. They can be a medical tool to aid in a recovery, a beauty product and even an accessory. Each type of eye mask comes with its own benefits.

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Eye masks for sleeping are the most well known use. It helps establish a sleep routine, blocks any light that may be permeating your bedroom as well.

Eye Protection

Eye masks are issued to patients after receiving any kind of eye surgery that impairs their sight. It also protects eyes that are light sensitive after laser surgery and even an eye exam in which the eyes were dilated.


Gel eye masks can be used to relieve swelling in the eye and nose region due to sinus infection and allergies. These masks are filled with gel and can be warmed or cooled as needed. Cool masks can also be used to relieve headaches.


Cool temperature gel masks are also used to relieve puffy eyes. They are also a great way to relax in a spa or bath. The cooling effect of the mask may also help diminish dark circles around the eye.


Eye masks are essential for costumes. They serve as a means to conceal the identity of the wearer.