Your eyelids do more than blink!
They also protect your eyes from dirt, dust, and other irritants affecting your eyelids and vision. We can help you manage and prevent these common eyelid disorders from keeping your eyes healthy and looking their best.
Don’t let eyelid issues keep you from seeing clearly.
The eyes are the window to the soul, but the eyelids are the guardians that protect them. Eyelids are the first line of defense against harmful particles, dust, and other irritants that can damage the eyes. They also play a crucial role in maintaining eye health and vision. However, like any other body part, eyelids are prone to various disorders affecting their functions. We’ll look closer at eyelids’ functions, some of the most common ailments, and how to keep eyelids clean.
Functions of Eyelids:
Eyelids are an essential part of the eye, performing several functions to maintain eye health and vision. One of their primary functions is to protect the eyes from dirt, dust, and other irritants that can cause damage or infection. They also help keep the eyes moist and lubricated by producing tears, which are essential for preventing dryness and discomfort. Additionally, eyelids regulate the amount of light that enters the eyes, ensuring that the eyes are not overloaded with too much light, which can cause damage.
Common Disorders of Eyelids:
- Blepharitis: This is a common condition where the eyelids become inflamed and swollen. A bacterial infection typically causes it and can cause redness, itching, and irritation.
- Ptosis: This is a condition where the upper eyelid droops over the eye, partially or entirely blocking the vision. It is caused by weakness in the muscles that control the eyelid.
- Entropion: This is a condition where the eyelid turns inward, causing the eyelashes to rub against the eye’s surface. This can cause irritation, redness, and even damage to the cornea.
- Ectropion: This is a condition where the eyelid turns outward, exposing the inner surface of the eyelid. This can lead to dryness, redness, and irritation.
- Style: A stye is a small, painful lump that forms on the eyelid. A bacterial infection usually causes it and can cause redness, swelling, and tenderness.
Managing and Preventing Eyelid Disorders:
Good eyelid hygiene is essential for preventing infections and other eyelid disorders. Fortunately, many eyelid disorders are preventable and treatable. Wash your face and eyelids regularly with a gentle cleanser, avoiding rubbing or scratching your eyes and keeping your hands clean. If you wear contact lenses, follow proper hygiene practices, such as disinfecting them regularly. Our office recommends using Occusoft eyelid scrub and cleansers for an easy solution to good eyelid hygiene and assist in keeping eyelids clean.
If you experience any eyelid disorder symptoms, such as redness, swelling, or pain, seeking immediate medical attention is essential. We can diagnose the underlying cause of your symptoms and provide the necessary treatment.
Call or text us at 219-659-3050 to schedule an appointment, and let us help you see clearly for years to come.
Don’t wait until it’s too late; take action now to protect your eyesight.