Disorders of the Eyelids

Diagnosis and Treatment of Eyelid Disorders

This patient has increasingly droopy upper eyelids due to weakening of the eyelid muscle insertion. This is called ‘ptosis’.

The most common non-inflammatory eyelid disorders are age-related, these including turning of the eyelid towards (entropion) and away (ectropion) from the eye. Drooping of the eyelid (ptosis) can also occur with advancing years, although previous injury, ocular surgery and contact lens wear are also risk factors. With increasing life-expectancy and sun exposure, sun related skin cancers of the eyelids are becoming more common, and require complete excision and subsequent eyelid repair.

Meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD) and staphylococcal anterior blepharitis are both common eyelid conditions that can present with lid irritation, red lid margins, and/or dry eye symptoms. MGD sometimes causes eyelid cysts (chalazion), which typically settle with conservative measures, although sometimes require incision and curettage.

Areas of expertise

  1. Eyelid cysts, skin tags, and fatty deposits [DOWNLOAD LEAFLET]
  2. Ectropion (eversion of lid) [DOWNLOAD LEAFLET]
  3. Entropion (inversion of lid) [DOWNLOAD LEAFLET]
  4. Ptosis (drooping upper lid) [DOWNLOAD LEAFLET]
  5. Excess eyelid skin (dermatochalasis)
  6. Aberrant eyelashes [DOWNLOAD LEAFLET]
  7. Skin cancer & reconstructions [DOWNLOAD LEAFLET]
  8. Injury – including late repair
  9. Inflammations and infections