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.

Eyelid swelling happen often after facial injuries or surgery, even if the eyelids were not involved. For example, a broken nose may result in bruised and puffy eyelids.

You may experience problems with the eye itself, or you may have symptoms that affect other body systems, such as the immune system. Eyelid swelling along with bulging of the eyes and a myriad of other symptoms, such as increased appetite, heat intolerance, and fatigue, can indicate an autoimmune disorder called Graves’ disease. Eyelid swelling due to general edema (swelling) can be accompanied by facial and possibly leg swelling. Swelling due to infection may include redness, fever, pain and possibly difficulty moving the eyeball.

Vision and other eye-related symptoms that may occur along with eyelid swelling

Eyelid swelling may accompany vision problems and other eye symptoms including:

  • Bleeding from the eye
  • Discharge from the eye
  • Drooping eyelid
  • Dry eyes
  • Eye pain
  • Inability to turn the eyeball
  • Increased sensitivity to light
  • Increased tear production (watery eyes)
  • Protruding or bulging eye(s) (proptosis)
  • Red, itchy eyes
  • Skin sores or pus-filled bump
  • Vision problems, such as blurred vision, floaters or loss of vision

Other symptoms that may occur along with eyelid swelling

Eyelid swelling may accompany other abnormal signs and symptoms including:

  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • High blood pressure
  • Sneezing and runny nose
  • Symptoms of sinusitis (facial pain and swelling)
  • Symptoms of Graves’ disease (anxiety, irritability, heat intolerance, unexplained weight loss, difficulty concentrating, and goiter)

Serious symptoms that might indicate a life-threatening condition

In some cases, eyelid swelling can indicate a serious or life-threatening condition that should be immediately evaluated in an emergency setting. Seek immediate medical care (call 911) if you, or someone you are with, have any of these life-threatening symptoms including:

  • Acute loss of vision
  • Eyelid swelling after head trauma
  • Feeling like your throat is tight
  • General edema (swelling)
  • High fever (higher than 101 degrees Fahrenheit) with red and tender areas
  • Itching in the throat or mouth
  • Neck stiffness
  • Protruding or bulging eye(s) (proptosis) with redness, fever and pain
  • Swollen tongue
  • Wheezing or difficulty breathing

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.

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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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