Having puffy eyes isn’t something you should ignore. Swollen eyelids are often a sign of an underlying problem or your eye’s reaction to viruses, bacteria, or even allergens. Many people, however, do not pay attention to this eye problem thinking it will disappear after some time. Vision Care Associates, your certified opticians, explain a few reasons your eyelids are swelling.
The first thing a patient with a stye may notice is the tender, red bump near the edge of the eyelid. Styes, however, may also appear at the base of the eyelashes or within the small oil glands within the eyelid. People often get tempted to squeeze the stye because of its pimple-like appearance, but doing so will only make things worse.
Normally, a stye will heal by itself, but if it doesn’t get better after a few days or even weeks, visit your local emergency eye care services specialist to seek treatment.
Conjunctivitis, also known as pink eye, causes inflammation or swelling of the conjunctiva, a thin, transparent layer of tissue that surrounds the inner surface of the eyelid. This eye problem may occur due to viral or bacterial infection. People may also develop conjunctivitis due to an allergic reaction to eye irritants. Common signs and symptoms may also include a pink discoloration of the sclera (hence its colloquial name) and eye discharge.
Eyelid inflammation may also be due to allergies. Pet dander, dust, pollen and certain eye drops or contact lens solution may lead to swelling of the eyes when your immune system reacts to these allergens.
People with chalazion have a benign, painless bump inside the upper or lower eyelid. It’s often caused by healed or internal styes that are no longer infectious. The nodule holds pus and blocked fatty secretions, which are supposed to lubricate the eye
Vision Care Associates provide optical services to help improve your vision and address your eyelid issues. Call us today at (304) 315-6055 or (304) 808-1209. You may also fill out our online form to schedule an appointment. We serve residents of Parkersburg, WV.