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Your eyelids help protect your eyes. When you blink, your eyelids spread moisture over your eyes. Blinking also helps move dirt or other particles off the surface of the eye. You close your eyelids when you see something coming towards your eyes. This can help protect against injuries.

Like most other parts of your body, your eyelids can get infected, inflamed, or even develop cancer. There are also specific eyelid problems, including

  • Eyelids that turn in or out
  • Eyelids that droop
  • Abnormal blinking or twitching

Treatment of eyelid problems depends on the cause.

Symptoms of Eyelid Disorders

The following features are indicative of Eyelid Disorders:
  • ocular irritation
  • eye pain
  • loss of vision
  • eye burning
  • foreign-body sensation
  • watery eyes
  • red eyes
  • burning, stinging or gritty sensation in the eyes
  • eyelids that appear greasy
  • itchy eyelids
  • red and swollen eyelids
  • flaking of the skin around the eyes
  • crusted eyelashes after awakening
  • eyelid sticking
  • more frequent blinking
  • sensitivity to light
  • eyelashes that grow abnormally
  • loss of eyelashes

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Common Causes of Eyelid Disorders

The following are the most common causes of Eyelid Disorders:
  • seborrheic dermatitis
  • clogged or malfunctioning oil glands in the eyelids
  • rosacea
  • allergic reactions to products such as eye makeup
  • eyelash mites or lice

Risk Factors for Eyelid Disorders

The following factors may increase the likelihood of Eyelid Disorders:
  • dry eye
  • acne rosacea
  • seborrheic dermatitis
  • demodicosis
  • isotretinoin
  • giant papillary conjunctivitis

Prevention of Eyelid Disorders

Yes, it may be possible to prevent Eyelid Disorders. Prevention may be possible by doing the following:
  • wash the eyelids daily with proper care

Occurrence of Eyelid Disorders

Number of Cases

The following are the number of Eyelid Disorders cases seen each year worldwide:
  • Very common > 10 Million cases

Common Age Group

Eyelid Disorders can occur at any age.

Common Gender

Eyelid Disorders can occur in any gender.

Lab Tests and Procedures for Diagnosis of Eyelid Disorders

The following lab tests and procedures are used to detect Eyelid Disorders:
  • Eyelids examination: To examine and diagnose eye or eyelids problems
  • Swabbing skin for testing: To detect the signs of fungi, bacteria or allergy

Doctor for Diagnosis of Eyelid Disorders

Patients should visit the following specialists if they have symptoms of Eyelid Disorders:
  • Ophthalmologist

Complications of Eyelid Disorders if untreated

Yes, Eyelid Disorders causes complications if it is not treated. Below is the list of complications and problems that may arise if Eyelid Disorders is left untreated:
  • eyelid scarring
  • excess tearing
  • difficulty in wearing contact lenses
  • development of a chalazion or a stye
  • conjunctivitis
  • keratitis
  • corneal ulcer or irritation

Procedures for Treatment of Eyelid Disorders

The following procedures are used to treat Eyelid Disorders:
  • Blepharoplasty: To correct puffy bags below the eyes and drooping upper lids

Self-care for Eyelid Disorders

The following self-care actions or lifestyle changes may help in the treatment or management of Eyelid Disorders:
  • Lubricate your eyes: Helps in relieving dry eyes
  • Use a dandruff-controlling shampoo: Reduces your blepharitis signs and symptoms
  • Clean your eyes daily: Helps in preventing blepharitis

Alternative Medicine for Treatment of Eyelid Disorders

The following alternate medicine and therapies are known to help in the treatment or management of Eyelid Disorders:
  • Use omega-3 fatty acid supplements: Helpful in relieving the the symptoms of blepharitis

Time for Treatment of Eyelid Disorders

While time-period of treatment for each patient may vary, below is the typical time-period for Eyelid Disorders to resolve if treated properly under an expert supervision:
  • In 1 - 4 weeks

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Last updated date

This page was last updated on 2/04/2019.
This page provides information for Eyelid Disorders.

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