~ Potato Eye Compress ~ (organic, if possible) Cool potato in the fridge for an hour or two. Cut two ½-inch-thick slices. Place a slice on each eye for 15-30 minutes. Rinse off eye area with cool water. Potato slices reduce puffy, irritated eyes and also help with dark circles. How? Raw potato's have drying and disinfectant properties. Potato starch acts as an anti-inflammatory agent to ease irritated eyes, while the citric acid and phosphoric acid in potatoes also helps reduce puffiness.