Eyelid Disorders

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Eyelids are crucial to the health of the eye. They provide coverage of the cornea and aid in the distribution and elimination of tears. Dr. Edward Hill discusses disorders that can affect a persons eyelids in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Your eyelids help protect your eyes. When you blink, your eyelids spread moisture over your eyes. Blinking also helps move dirt or other particles off the surface of the eye. You close your eyelids when you see something coming towards your eyes. This can help protect against injuries.

Like most other parts of your body, your eyelids can get infected, inflamed or even develop cancer.

An eyelid disorder is a condition that specifically affects the eyelid. These disorders can include drooping, twitching, inflammation, paralysis and growths. Occasional fluttering of one eyelid is normal.

There are also specific eyelid problems, including

Eyelids that turn in or out

Eyelids that droop, and

Abnormal blinking or twitching

Many eyelid disorders can lead to serious chronic disorders if they are not treated. Contact an optometrist or ophthalmologist if you have an eyelid disorder.

To prevent the development of eyelid disorders, employ good lid hygiene. Wash the eyelid regularly to help prevent infections and inflammation. Try to avoid touching or rubbing the eyes.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.