What is eyelid swelling?

Eyelid swelling is the enlargement of either or both the lower and upper eyelids. It is due to fluid buildup or inflammation in the delicate tissues surrounding the eye. Swollen eyelids may also be referred to as puffy eyes or puffy eyelids.

A variety of mild to serious diseases, disorders and conditions can lead to eyelid swelling. Swelling can result from infections, inflammation, trauma and malignancy (cancer).

Depending on the cause, eyelid swelling can last for a short time and disappear quickly, such as when you have a mild allergic reaction to animal dander or dust. Eyelid swelling that develops over time and occurs along with additional symptoms may be a sign of a more serious condition, such as hyperthyroidism (Graves’ disease) or infection.

Because eyelid swelling and swelling in general may be a sign of a serious condition, you should talk with your medical professional about your symptoms. If you experience eyelid swelling accompanied by fever, vision problems (blurry vision), abnormal eye movements (or loss of movement), protrusion (bulging) of the eye, or signs of anaphylactic shock (swollen tongue and throat, hives and difficulty breathing), seek immediate medical care (call 911). In addition, if eyelid swelling is persistent or causes you concern, contact a medical professional.

SYMPTOMS

What other symptoms might occur with eyelid swelling?

Eyelid swelling may occur with other symptoms depending on the underlying disease, disorder or condition. For example, eyelid swelling due to a blocked oil gland (chalazion) may not be accompanied by any other symptoms; whereas, eyelid swelling due to a mild allergic reaction can be accompanied by sneezing and watery, itchy eyes.

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CAUSES

What causes eyelid swelling?

Although eyelid swelling can be due to relatively mild conditions, such as a blocked oil gland, swelling can also be caused by serious or life-threatening conditions, such as anaphylactic shock, that should be immediately evaluated in an emergency setting.

Infectious causes of eyelid swelling

Eyelid swelling can be due to a variety of infections including:

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Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Annual Review Date: Aug 9, 2013 Copyright: © Copyright 2014 Health Grades, Inc. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or reprinted without permission from Health Grades, Inc. Use of this information is governed by the HealthGrades User Agreement.

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