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EYELID PROBLEMS

Why are eyelids important?

The eyelids help lubricate and cleanse the eyes. They also play a vital role in protecting the eyes. There are several disorders that affect the eyelids and require attention to avoid problems with your vision.

Ectropion
Ectropion is a condition in which the lower eyelid is turned outward, away from the eyeball. When an eyelid is drooping, the eye may become either dry or watery, red and sensitive to light and wind.
The condition can be corrected through surgery to tighten the eyelid and return it to its normal position. Once corrected, the eyelid can lubricate the eye properly and unpleasant symptoms will disappear.

Entropion
Entropion is an inward turning of the eyelid and eyelashes toward the eye. It usually affects the lower eyelid. Most often it occurs with relaxing eye muscles and tissues due to aging.
The skin and eyelashes rub against the eye, causing discomfort, tearing, mucous production, redness and sensitivity to light and wind. Untreated, entropion can cause damage to the cornea by ulceration and infection.
The condition can be corrected through surgery to tighten the eyelid and return it to its normal position. Once corrected, the eyelid can lubricate the eye properly and unpleasant symptoms will disappear.

Conjunctivitis
Conjunctivitis is an inflammation of the conjunctiva, the transparent membrane that lines the eyelids and covers the sclera, the white part of the eye. Conjunctivitis can be caused by a bacterial or viral infection or by an allergic reaction to any material that irritates the eyes.

Chalazion
Chalazion refers to a cyst-like swelling with chronic inflammation in an eyelid. A gradual enlargement can be felt near the margin of the lid due to the swelling in one of the eyelid oil glands. Occasionally, swelling of the entire eyelid may occur suddenly. This condition is not to be confused with a “sty” which is an infection of a lash gland. When the chalazion is small and without symptoms, it may disappear on its own. More often it remains, and with increased size, may cause blurred vision by distorting the shape of the eye. Ordinarily, the inflammation is a reaction to the trapped oil secretions and is not caused by bacteria, although it may become secondarily infected by bacteria. Chalazions tend to “point” toward the inside of the eyelid.

Ptosis
Ptosis is drooping of the upper lid. It can restrict and sometimes block vision. Ptosis occurs in both children and adults.
Surgery is usually the treatment for ptosis. A small tuck in the levator muscle and eyelid can often raise the eyelid sufficiently.
Children with ptosis should be examined each year by an eye care professional for associated conditions, regardless of whether they have had surgery.

Sty
A sty is swelling near the edge of the eyelid that is an infected eyelid gland. It can be internal or external and usually goes away in a few days.
Symptoms of Eyelid Problems
Eyelid problems are usually easy to spot. If an eyelid is turning inward or outward, the eye may become watery and red, sensitive to light and wind. With ptosis, the eyelid droops over the eye and vision is often blocked. The drooping eyelid may even interfere with reading or driving.

Do You Have Eyelid Problems?

The best way to find out exactly what’s causing your vision problems is to make an appointment with an eye care professional. At The Eye Centers of Racine and Kenosha, we will check your eyes thoroughly to understand the reasons for your vision problems. And we’ll explain your choices for correcting the problems.
Here at The Eye Centers of Racine & Kenosha we keep up to date on new research and new treatments. Call 262 637 0500 today!  to scheduled your appointment.

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