Eyelids protect our eyes from threats and keep them hydrated to avoid irritation. They are important in keeping the cornea healthy and necessary for overall eye health. Eyelid disorders range from mildly irritating, such as inflammation, to serious diseases such as tumor growths. The eye experts from Beach Eye Medical Group in Huntington Beach and Irvine, California, are well-versed in the diagnosis and management of various eyelid disorders.
Common Eyelid Disorders in Huntington Beach
Chalazion: A chalazion can occur in the upper or lower eyelids and is caused by the obstruction of the meibomian oil gland. The blockage causes the secretions to seep into the surrounding soft tissue, thereby causing the formation of a nodule. Treatment includes application of a warm compress every 4 hours for 15 minutes. If the chalazion is accompanied by blepharitis, an antibiotic may also be prescribed.
Blepharitis: Blepharitis is the inflammation of the eyelids. It is mainly caused by a bacteria called Staphylococcus but can also be from exposure to other irritants. Symptoms include itching, burning, foreign-body sensation, tearing and crusting around the eye. Blepharitis is managed with eyelid scrubs, warm compresses, and topical/optic antibiotics as needed.
Basal Cell Carcinoma: Basal Cell Carcinoma is the most common cause of eyelid tumors. At Beach Eye Medical Group, we help clients determine whether the tumor is benign or malignant at the earliest possible time. Our facilities in Huntington Beach and Irvine are equipped to diagnose and remove tumors. Therefore, if you have any suspicious growths on your eyelids, it is important that you make an appointment at our Huntington Beach or Irvine office as soon as you can.
Entropion: an Entropion happens when the lower eyelid turns inwards and causes the eyelashes to rub against the cornea. This causes irritation that leads to redness and the release of a mucus discharge. Doctors may prescribe eye drops or steroids to reduce the irritation. On the other hand, an Ectropion is a condition wherein the lower eyelid turns outward. This condition exposes the eye to the elements and results in dry eyes, irritation and redness. Eye drops may be given to moisten the eyes. Both conditions may need surgical intervention.
Eyelid Edema: Eyelid Edema is a symptom that may be caused by an allergic reaction to drugs, food, or other allergens or an infection. Swelling of the eyelids may cause the compression of the eyeball and lead to an increased intraocular pressure. It is important to visit qualified professionals such as the physicians at Beach Eye Medical Group in Huntington Beach and Irvine for any eyelid disorders to be able to correctly identify the cause of the edema.
Ptosis: Drooping of the eyelid, known as Ptosis, is another common eyelid disorder. It happens due to a weakness of a muscle called the levator muscle, which is primarily responsible for raising the eyelid. If you experience anything similar to Ptosis, go to a licensed medical professional immediately. While it may just be a sign of aging, it can also be due to a serious disease such as a stroke.
For any concerns regarding your eyelids, be sure to visit the Beach Eye Medical Group in Huntington Beach and Irvine. Our eye experts would be more than happy to accommodate your inquiries and help you manage your eyelid problem.