Causes of Swelling Eyelids

By David Gross on April 30, 2019


Patient’s right eye shows signs of eyelid swelling At Deen-Gross Eye Centers, our goal is to provide comprehensive and quality eye care to our patients in the greater Hobart, IN area. To best serve our patients, we offer treatments for glaucoma, cataracts, and other eye conditions. Many of our patients come to our office with concerns about eyelid swelling.

To help our patients understand common causes of eyelid swelling and the treatments our clinic offers, we have provided this overview. If you are experiencing eyelid swelling, contact our office immediately. Swelling of the eyelids may be a sign of a more serious health problem.

What Are the Symptoms of Swelling Eyelids?

Eyelid swelling results from excess fluid in the connective tissues that surround the eye. This swelling may or may not be painful and can affect either or both the upper and lower eyelid.

Eyelid swelling is often accompanied by:

  • Itchy eyes
  • Photophobia (sensitivity to light)
  • Watery eyes
  • Discomfort
  • Red eyelids
  • Obstructed vision

Common Causes of Eyelid Swelling

Common causes of eyelid swelling include:

  • Allergies: Dust, pollen, and pet dander are common allergens that can irritate the eyes.
  • Pink eye: Conjunctivitis is a type of inflammation of the clear lining on the surface of the eye. The condition can have allergic, bacterial, or viral causes, all of which can result in watery, itchy, or red eyes.
  • Injury: Surgery or trauma will cause the eyelids to swell.
  • Contact lens use: Dirty lenses or overuse of contact lenses can leave your eyes irritated and swollen. This irritation can eventually spread to your eyelids.
  • Periorbital cellulitis: This common infection may be caused by bacteria or viruses. This infection primarily affects the anterior part of the orbital septum (back portion of the eyelids).
  • Graves’ disease: An overactive thyroid can cause this ocular disorder, which leads to swollen eyelids and bulging eyes.

Treatments for Swelling Eyes

Your treatment plan at our Hobart clinic will depend on the underlying cause of your eyelid swelling. Common treatments include:

  • Antihistamine or steroid eye drops for allergies
  • Anti-inflammatory eye drops or antibiotics for conjunctivitis
  • Home remedies like a cold compress for minor swelling

At Deen-Gross Eye Centers, we offer a wide range of treatment options that can safely and quickly address your eye condition no matter the extent of the damage. Our treatments include laser treatment, topical solution medications, prescription medications, surgery, and therapy.

If you experience swelling eyelids often and wear contacts, consider experimenting with different artificial tears or lens brands. No matter what the cause of your eye irritation, avoid rubbing your eyes at all costs.

Contact Our Office Today

To learn more about what Deen-Gross Eye Centers can do for you, we encourage you to contact our practice today to discuss your eye condition. Once you have met with our skilled team, your swelling eyelids will be immediately treated.

For emergencies, our doctors are available seven days a week at all hours. Our clinic offers services for both adults and children, and we have served the Hobart community for 40 years. To schedule your appointment, contact our office online or call (219) 769-8989.

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