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Eyelid Problems

Eyelid problems are relatively common and usually the cause isn’t serious, however if you are worried about symptoms with your eye or eyelid, it’s better to discuss this with a doctor.

Some eyelid symptoms need investigation or treatment. Have a look at some of the symptoms GPs can help you with.

Drooping eyelids

Eyelid drooping can happen gradually as someone ages. However if it is worrying you, you should see a GP for assessment. If eyelid dropping occurs rapidly (days or weeks) or you have other symptoms such as changes in your vision, a change in your pupil or a headache, see your GP without delay.

Other age-related eyelid problems include ectropion, where the lower eyelid rolls outwards, and entropion, where they roll inwards. These conditions can cause dry, irritated eyes, or excessively watery eyes, so its best to see a GP if you notice changes in your eyelids.

Itchy and sticky eyelids

From time to time you may notice a stickiness around your eyes, which makes your eyelids stick together. This can then cause itchy, flaky and sticky eyelids which can be uncomfortable. This can be due to an allergic reaction, for example to a make up product, or a symptom of another eye condition.

Conjunctivitis, dry eyes and blepharitis (eyelid inflammation) can all cause these symptoms in the eye. Your pharmacist or GP can advise you if you have itchy or sticky eyes.

Swollen eyelids and lumps

A swelling of one eyelid can be caused by a cyst or a stye. A stye occurs when the base of the eyelash becomes infected. In both cases, the lumps tend to go away on their own.

If a cyst becomes red and painful then you may need a course of antibiotics from a doctor. You should also see a GP if a stye or cyst is affecting your vision. Even if you don’t have symptoms other than a lump, you should see your GP about any lump that doesn’t go away within a month or that changes in shape or size, in case investigation or treatment is required.

Uncontrollable eyelid movements

It’s not uncommon to have a twitching eyelid sometimes, which can happen more often when tired. However, if you have repeated episodes of excessive blinking, or you have uncontrolled movements of your eyes, you should see your GP so they can examine you and investigate the cause.

If you have a problem with your eyes or eyelids, see a doctor today at a time that’s convenient for you.

The information provided is for educational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Seek the advice of a doctor with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never delay seeking or disregard professional medical advice because of something you have read here.