Conditions that can lead to eyelid problems include:
Eyelid problems can cause a range of symptoms, including:
Sometimes, swollen, painful eyelids can be a symptom of a severe allergic reaction or a serious infection such as cellulitis.
Seek urgent medical help if you also feel unwell.
Your GP will usually be able to diagnose your eyelid problem by assessing your symptoms. If they think you have a serious eyelid problem, they may refer you to an ophthalmologist (specialist in eye conditions). They may carry out a full examination to check your vision and eye health.
Eyelid problems such as chalazions and styes are caused by common infections or inflammation and can occur at any age.
Other things that increase your risk of developing eyelid problems are:
Often symptoms like these clear up by themselves but sometimes you may need antibiotics or surgery.
If you have blepharitis, a chalazion or a stye, your doctor may show you a twice-daily routine to help it clear up and prevent it returning. This may include:
Severe cases may also need antibiotic ointment or tablets.
Some people with drooping eyelids (ptosis or ectropion) may benefit from surgery to improve their eye health and appearance. Your doctor can advise on whether this would be right for you.