A swollen eyelid is due to a build-up of fluid within the thin layers of tissue surrounding the eye. Eyelid swelling can become serious if it is not treated properly and quickly. In most cases, puffiness, tenderness, and red swelling of your upper and/or lower eyelid are indications of infection. Sometimes the swelling can be accompanied by discharge in the corner of your eye. Therefore, it's important that you visit your eye doctor for a thorough eye exam if your symptoms persist, worsen or change.
Swollen eyelids can be caused by any number of conditions such as:
- Eye Infections
Treatment of swollen eyelids depends on the underlying cause. Your eye doctor may prescribe medication or recommend over-the-counter remedies such as eye drops. Generally, if your swollen eyes are due to allergies, antihistamine eye drops or oral allergy medication, as well as lubricating "artificial tears" will help relieve symptoms.
Your eye doctor also may recommend mild steroid drops for more severe allergic reactions.
Other causes, such as infections like conjunctivitis or ocular herpes, respond well to anti-viral or anti-inflammatory eye drops or ointments, or antibiotics.
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