Swollen eyelids are a common eye condition that people can contract. It is a sign that something adverse may be occurring.

If left untreated, swollen eyelids can get worse, and lead to additional eye problems.

This condition can manifest in various ways. The following are some common symptoms that may appear:

  • “Puffy” appearance of eyelids
  • Eyelid tenderness
  • Redness of eyelids
  • Elevated temperature of lids
  • Difficulty keeping eyes open

What Can Cause Swollen Eyelids?

There are many ways a person can develop swollen eyelids. The following are a few common reasons people get this condition:

1. Eye Rubbing

Rubbing your eyes with your hands is an extremely common way of making your eyelids swollen.

When you rub your eyes, you introduce bacteria into your eyelids from your hands. The bacteria can cause swollen eyelids.

Our hands are constantly in contact with the environment, so naturally they would have a large amount of bacteria on them.

2. Allergies

Seasonal allergies are a common cause of eyelid swelling.

Pollen from plants and flowers can be present in the air, and get into contact with your eyes.

This can cause an allergy reaction in your eyes. You may start feeling the symptoms of eyelid swelling during the common seasonal allergy months.

3. Eye Makeup

Eye makeup can make your eyelids swollen for a few different reasons.

If you happen to be allergic to a component of the makeup, it could cause an allergic reaction and make your eyelids swollen.

Eye makeup can also cause eyelid swelling if the makeup has become contaminated with bacteria.

This can cause an eye infection and eyelid swelling.

4. Eyelash Extensions

Similar to eye makeup, eyelash extensions can also cause swollen eyelids.

An allergic reaction can occur if you are allergic to a component in the glue used in eyelash extensions.

Also, an eye infection can occur if the glue used is contaminated with bacteria. This would cause eyelid swelling, as well as other symptoms.

5. Public Swimming Pools

Public swimming pools can also be a reason for eyelid swelling.

Chlorine and other chemicals are harsh on your eyes, and may cause swollen eyelids if they irritate your skin.

Also, there is risk for eye infections when swimming in public pools. Caution should be used to avoid contact of the pool water to your eyes.

6. Other Contagious Persons

Another common way of contracting swollen eyelids is from another person who has an eye infection.

Eye infections can be highly contagious, and spread to other people.

Caution should be used when around persons with an eye infection.

Types of Swollen Eyelids

There are various eye conditions that can present as swollen eyelids. The following are a few common types:

1. Stye

A stye is an infection of the eyelids, usually near the eyelashes. It typically presents as tender bump.

Styes are caused by bacteria that infect the glands of the eyelids. Swollen eyelids may appear when a person has a stye.

2. Chalazion

A chalazion is a non-tender bump in the eyelid. This condition is caused by a blocked gland.

Chalazions typically are not infectious, though they are often a result of having a prior infection. They can have the appearance of a swollen eyelid.

3. Blepharitis

Blepharitis is eyelid inflammation, caused by bacteria or a skin condition.

In this condition, small scales appear on the eyelashes and the base of the eyelids.

Along with irritation and redness, eyelid swelling can occur.

4. Conjunctivitis

Conjunctivitis is the inflammation of the conjunctiva, which is one of the layers of your eyeballs and eyelids.

This nature of this condition can be infectious, allergic, or chemical.

Symptoms of conjunctivitis often include swollen eyelids, as well as redness and irritation.

What to Do if You Have Swollen Eyelids

If you have swollen eyelids, you need to seek medical eye care attention right away. If left untreated, the condition can get worse.

Swollen eyelids need to be looked at by an eye care professional, to diagnose and treat the condition.

Do not wait and hope the condition will go away. The faster you get care, the sooner the recovery period can start.

Untreated eyelid swelling can lead to more severe eye conditions and a longer recovery time.

Visit Atlas Optometry for your eye care needs. We can diagnose and treat eye conditions that you may have.

Be kind to your eyes. If you ever have any adverse symptoms, be sure to seek immediate eye care.