Almost everyone, at some point in their life,will have a sore or swollen eye lid â€“ this is called edema. There are numerous causesof eyelid edema ranging from mild to potentially visionthreatening conditions. The swollen eyelid may be mild or severe,temporary or longlasting, and depending on the cause, it may be accompanied by itchiness,scale formations, difficulty with blinking, pain, tenderness, puffiness, discharge, facialswelling, fever or loss of lashes. Regardless of the symptoms, a swollen lid should neverbe ignored. If your eyelid is swollen, avoid touching or rubbing it, and avoid wearingmakeup and contact lenses. Book an appointment
with a of Optometry; many optometristshold emergency appointments in their calendar and will be able to see you on the same day.No referral is necessary. Optometrists are specialists trained to identify and treateye health problems, and provide urgent care for swollen eyelids. Based on the cause ofyour sore or swollen eyelid your optometrist can prescribe oral andor topical medicationsalong with other treatment options to help relieve the swelling.
Why is my eyelid swollen
Most people will have to deal with eyelidswelling at some point in their lifetime. The most common causes of eyelid swellingare allergies, conjunctivitis, contact lenses and styeschalazions. These are typicallyeasy to treat and can be differentiated by your local of optometry. Allergies,conjunctivitis and contact lenses cause eyelid swelling due to inflammation, where the bodyis trying to remove the irritant from the body. StyesChalazion are caused by a blockageof the oil glands in the lids secondary to a bacterial infection. Other less common causesof lid swelling are Graves ' disease, Orbital cellulitis and Herpes Simplex. Since theseconditions can be potentially sight threatening
it is essential to see your of Optometryfor a thorough examination. Graves ' disease is a problem with an over active thyroid glandand lid swelling is a common symptom. Orbital cellulitis is a serious bacterial infectionthat requires immediate treatment with IV antibiotics. Herpes Simplex will cause painfulsores on both the eyelid and cornea and can mimic a simple conjunctivitis and should bedifferentiated. Since eyelid swelling can have a variety of causes it is important tohave a differential diagnosis made by your local of optometry.