Lumps & Bumps

These are common features and they could be either cancerous or harmless. Frequently seem lumps and bumps include styles, cysts and moles which can be easily treated. For the elderly, a recent appearance or recent progression of an exsisting lump should be taken seriously as it may indicate a malignant cancer. Any recurrent lump /…

Epiblepharon

Often affecting young children of Chinese descent, epiblepharon is an abnormality of the eyelids consisting of an excessive fold of eyelid skin which physically pushes the eyelashes inwards. It may irritate the cornea, giving rise to symptoms or tearing, redness and even itching in some patients. As it may naturally resolve itself when the child…

Ectropion

Usually affecting the lower lids, ectropion is a problem where the eyelid margin turns outwards, preventing proper closure of the eye. It may cause symptoms of redness, tearing and irritation. This is commonly associated with a stroke or weakness of the facial nerve (e.g. Bell’s palsy). Eyelid laxity as a result of aging can also…

Entropion

This is a condition where the eyelid is turned inwards abnormally, causing the eyelashes to rub against the delicate cornea. The common causes include senile changes (usually involving the lower lids) due to old age and eyelid scarring resulting from certain infections or burns (usually affecting the upper lids). Entropion causes the eyes to become…

Ptosis

In this condition, the upper eyelid is droopy and is in an abnormally low position. Most commonly, this occurs as a change related to aging, or as a congenital problem present at birth. In senile ptosis, surgery may be considered when it blocks vision significantly. Congenital ptosis surgery should be considered if it causes problems…

Blepharitis

Blepharitis is a chronic inflammation of the eyelid margin which causes irritation, itching and occasionally redness of the eye. It can begin in early childhood, producing “lumpy eyelids” and may continue throughout life as a chronic condition or it may develop only in later life. What Sign and Symptoms Are There? Redness of eyelids with…