A subtle wink on Valentine’s Day can be flirtation, playful teasing and a sign that you find someone utterly adorable. The message may be lost in translation, though, if you have a red lump, puffiness or other signs of eyelid problems. Taking care of your eyelids ensures that this charming way of communicating is well-received and, perhaps, returned. Here are some tips for how you can avoid eyelid disorders.
Inflammation and Bumps
Chances are that you have had a stye or chalazion at least one time in your lifetime. Both conditions cause lumps inside the eyelid or along the edge. Styes develop due to a bacterial infection, and chalazions are caused by clogged oil glands. If the swelling affects the entire edge of the eyelid, you may have blepharitis. Taking some simple steps may reduce your risk for developing styes, chalazions and blepharitis.
- Don’t rub your eyes. If you have something in your eyes, a saline solution rinse is the best way to clear your eye. If your eyes are red, dry and tired, use lubricating eye drops. A warm compress may also help soothe the eyes.
- Wear eye protection. If you are outdoors, use sunglasses, safety glasses or another form of eye protection. This prevents dirt and other particulates from getting in your eyes.
Occasional puffiness around the eyes may be an indication that you got too little sleep, have allergies, are dehydrated or watched a heart wrenching movie that made you cry. This type of puffiness usually goes way after a few hours. Applying cold compresses, drinking water, eating high potassium foods and using lubricating eye drops may help move the process along.
Aging and your family history have an influence on your eyelids, as well. If you have chronically puffy eyelids, Dr. Thom may recommend cosmetic eyelid surgery.
Do You Have an Eyelid Disorder? Contact Thom Eye & Laser Clinic.
To learn more about treatments for eyelid disorders, macular degeneration, cataracts and other eye conditions, contact Thom Eye & Laser Center. You can contact our Fargo office directly at (701) 235-5200. We look forward to hearing from you!