The eyelids play a vital role in the health of the eye, but they also can be prone to problems. The eyelids can play host to dozens of different conditions and growths – some serious, some minor and some that are merely cosmetic nuisances. Eyelids can be a breeding ground for bacterial activity, particularly in combination with sweat, make-up, allergies, rubbing or poor hygiene. Patients with acne rosacea are particularly prone to eyelid infections.
Good hygiene is the best way to prevent eyelid disorders; we recommend regular cleansing using a warm washcloth dipped in diluted baby shampoo. You should also wear sunglasses and hats to protect your eyelid skin from harsh sun. Of course, some bumps and lesions are caused by systemic diseases, viruses and other things beyond your control. Any lesion that is growing in size, is pigmented or causes loss of lashes should be evaluated by your ophthalmologist or optometrist to rule out a malignant lesion. In addition, people with a history of skin cancer should be extra vigilant about having eyelid lesions quickly evaluated.
It is important for patients to understand the types of problems that they may encounter with their eyelids, as well as the treatment options available to them. The following eyelid topics are included in this section: