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Every day your eyelids work hard to keep your eyes healthy and safe. They help your eyes stay moist, wipe away dirt and dust, and protect against incoming foreign objects and light. As part of your overall eye health care, it’s important you remember to have your eyelids examined during your routine check-up.

Like the rest of your body, eyelids are prone to disease and disorders. They can develop inflammation, infection, cancer, and other conditions that affect your vision. If your eyelids are turning inward or outward, sagging, or you have difficulty blinking then you may have an eyelid condition.

COMMON EYELID CONDITIONS

Some eyelid disorders are common and usually don’t require a visit to the eye doctor. The following are some of typical problems people experience with their eyelids:

  • Styes – Mildly painful, swollen, infections that occur at the base of the eyelashes on your eyelid. Styes can come from dirt or bacteria on your face and usually heal on their own within a few days to a week.
  • Allergies – Pollen and animal allergies that affect the eyes can also irritate the sensitive skin on your eyelids. Allergies can usually be treated by over-the-counter medication or prescribed medication.
  • Twitching – Occasional twitching of the eyelid usually is a sign of stress or fatigue. Getting some rest will help the twitching go away. Prolonged and frequently recurring twitching may be an indication of a more serious nervous condition, in which case you need to visit a medical professional.

SERIOUS EYELID DISORDERS

For certain eyelid conditions, you need to visit your doctor for diagnosis and treatment. Here are some of the more serious eyelid disorders you should be aware of:

  • Blepharitis – Crusting and thickened eyelids, especially in the eyelash area. Blepharitis is treated by daily scrubs, warm compresses, and antibiotics.
  • Chalazion – A hard, pea-sized bump on the eyelid that occurs when the meibomian gland is blocked, allowing a buildup of fluids in your eyelid. Chalazion is usually treated by warm compresses, antibiotics, and, in some cases, mild surgical incisions.
  • Basal cell carcinoma – A form of eyelid cancer that needs to be treated by a medical professional who will use surgery, radiation, or chemotherapy. Symptoms of Basal cell carcinoma are a small nodule on the lower eyelid, ulcers on the lower eyelid, and eyelashes falling out.

If you have any questions about the health of your eyelids and if they are properly protecting your eyes from harm, please contact Silverstein Eye Care Centers. Call us today to make an appointment for an eye exam. We can serve you at either of our convenient location in Independence/Kansas City at (816) 358-3600.

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