Eyelid disorders are any abnormal conditions that affect the eyelid. Some common eyelid conditions include:
- Styes: A stye is an infection of one of the eyelid glands, which are located at the base of the lashes. Styes are usually caused by bacterial infections, and can be treated with hot compresses or antibiotics. Symptoms include pain and inflammation near the eyelid margin.
- Blepharitis: Blepharitis is the inflammation of the eyelid margins. Blepharitis can lead to eyelash loss or styes, and more serious conditions such as corneal damage. Symptoms include burning, itching, eye irritation, and inflammation. Blepharitis can be treated with hot compresses and antibiotics.
- Entropion and Ectropion: Entropion is a condition in which the eyelid, frequently the lower one, is turned inward; conversely, ectropion is a condition in which the eyelids turn outward. Entropion and ectropion can both result from aging, but they can also be the result of spastic eyelid muscles or a scar on the inside of the lid. Both can corrected with surgery.
- Chalazion: A chalazion is an enlargement or clogging of the oil-producing gland in the eyelid (meibomian gland). A chalazion can be treated with hot compresses and injectable medication. If these treatments are ineffective, the chalazion may need to be excised. Symptoms include inflammation and a painful round lump in the eyelid.
- Eyelid edema: Eyelid edema is a condition in which the eyelids contain excessive fluid. It is most often caused by allergic reactions; however, it can be caused by more serious conditions, such as infection, that can threaten vision. Symptoms include pain, redness, itching, and swelling.
If left untreated, these eyelid disorders can lead to serious vision problems. If you are experiencing symptoms, contact us today to schedule an eye examination.