3 Reasons Your Eyelid May Be Inflamed

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You tend to notice when something is a bit off with your eye. Eyelid inflammation is a discomfort that is typically easy to detect, but perhaps less easy to diagnose on your own. At the office of Harry W. Chan, OD, we see many cases of inflamed eyelids, with varying degrees of pain and seriousness and a wide range of causes. Here are 3 of the most common reasons for inflammation.

Sties

A sty is a red bump on your eyelid that may cause or be caused by inflammation. Sties are not typically dangerous, but they can be extremely irritating, even quite painful, and certainly shouldn’t be dismissed. Most cases require little (if any) treatment and should subside within a few days, but watch out for worsening symptoms, including the spread of your inflammation.

Conjunctivitis

Conjunctivitis, more commonly referred to as pink eye, is an inflammation that affects both the eye and eyelid. Conjunctivitis can be caused by bacteria, viruses, allergies, or foreign irritants.

Blepharitis

Blepharitis is an inflammation often caused by blocked glands at the point where your eyelashes meet your eyelids. Most patients with blepharitis are not at risk for damage to their vision as a direct result, but blepharitis can lead to many other eye issues, in addition to a general discomfort.

When it comes to your eyes, you don’t want to take any chances. Pay attention to how your eyes (and eyelids) look and feel, and be sure to schedule regular checkups. If you have any questions or concerns about eyelid inflammation, see your doctor.

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