EYELID PROBLEMS

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It’s natural to be concerned by eyelid problems, but in reality they’re rarely serious.

However, that doesn’t mean that they don’t need treatment, and this is where our doctors come in.

Our Doctors can take a look at your eyelid, diagnose the problem and recommend effective treatment that’ll help you get rid of the problem and manage any pain or discomfort in your eye.

What could be causing your eyelid problem?

There are a number of potential issues you could have with your eyelid. Each looks and feels slightly different, so let’s take a look at the most common issues.

eyelid problems

Swelling

This could be a cyst, which is caused when your eyelid glands are blocked. These can be small or large and are often a rather angry red. It may also be a stye, which is a lump that appears at the base of an eyelash.

You can speed up the healing process of both cysts and styes by applying a warm flannel three or four times a day. If a cyst shows no sign of disappearing, a GP can arrange for it to be removed.

If you notice a lump further away from the eye, it’s best to get this checked out. While usually benign, in rare cases these can be a possible sign of skin cancer.

Drooping

Drooping eyelids are often just a natural part of getting older. However, there are some situations where treatment may be needed.

For example, if your upper eyelid droops to the point where your vision is affected, a GP may be able to refer you for an operation to deal with the excess skin.

Your lower eyelid can sometimes roll outwards, a condition known as an ectropion. This can affect tear production and lead to dry, red eyes. Drops or ointment will usually be prescribed to manage any discomfort.

Itching and flaking

Some eye problems cause a sticky substance to form, which leads to your eyelids sticking together. This may be most obvious in the morning, when you open your eyes for the first time in the day. When this substance dries it can lead to crusty and flaky areas around your eyes.

Often a symptom of issues such as blepharitis and dry eye syndrome, it can also be caused by an allergic reaction, for example if you’re trying a new cosmetic product.

While this will often get better by itself, having a GP identify the cause will mean they can prescribe medication that’ll treat the problem quicker.

Uncontrollable movements

We all get the odd twitch from time to time, but if you find yourself frequently blinking or closing your eyes, particularly if you can’t control it, this is something you should see a GP about.

This is unusual, so a GP may want to send you for further tests to find out what causes or triggers these movements.

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If you have a problem with your eyelids, don’t ignore it. Our doctors can see you within six minutes and help you work out what’s causing the problem, as well as how to treat it.
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