Sore eyelids can be caused by infections, allergies, trauma or environmental factors. Fortunately, the condition is usually treatable through home remedies and or prescription medication. Read on as your eye doctor from Opti-Care discusses the various symptoms and treatment options for sore eyelids.
A Variety of Symptoms
This condition can affect either one or both eyelids. Symptoms may include pain, swelling, redness, itchiness, inflammation and irritation of the eyelids. More serious but less common symptoms include severe pain, blurry vision, fever, nausea or the feeling of a foreign body stuck in the eye.
Causes and Treatments for Eyelid Soreness
Eye infections may be bacterial or viral. Allergens from pollen and other histamine-inducing factors can also lead to this condition. Treatment options include prescription eye drops, artificial tears, antihistamines and decongestants depending on the underlying cause of the sore eyelid.
Lack of sleep can also affect the eyes, making the eyelids swell. Without any rest, the eyes may twitch uncontrollably and become dry. While sleeping better can relieve this problem, undergoing dry eye treatments may be necessary in some cases.
Though some causes of eyelid soreness are rather mild and go away quickly, some are serious and require other forms of treatment. Orbital cellulitis, a bacterial infection that affects tissues surrounding the eyes, requires antibiotic treatments administered through an intravenous line. Ocular herpes, meanwhile, may require surgery if there is corneal scarring.
If your sore eyelid symptoms worsen or don’t begin to decrease after 24 hours, you should see your eye doctor, who may perform an eye exam to determine the true cause of the problem.
At Opti-Care, we are a full-service eye care center with wide-ranging optical services. We are ready to provide you with the necessary remedies for whatever eye-related problems you may have, including sore eyelids. Apart from conducting eye exams, we also offer eyeglasses and contact lenses prescriptions. Call (410) 600-3173 to request an appointment. We serve residents of Westminster, MD.