What kind of problems are my eyelids susceptible to?
Eyelid problems range from benign, self-resolving processes to malignant, possibly metastatic, tumors. Inflammation, infection, benign and malignant tumors, and structural problems such as ectropion, entropion and blepharoptosis may occur.
Dr. Garcia performs a comprehensive examination of the eyelids, evaluating the status of each eyelid structure and the performance of each eyelid system. The eyelids are not just skin. They are very specialized for the protection and optimal function of the eyes.
What are Eyelids for?
Eyelid components include the tarsus, the Meibomian glands, lacrimal glands, muscle for closing the eyelids, tear ducts, eyelashes and their associated glands, plus the inner lining of the eyelids, and of course the skin.
Eyelid systems include the tear outflow system, tear production, oil secretions for the tears, eyelid closure, eyelid opening, symmetry of position and movement, eyelash growth, and skin health.
Dr. Garcia takes careful measurements of the eyelid structures and is able to assess both the healthy function of the eyelids as well as their cosmetic appearance.”
Fortunately, most eyelid disorders are not vision-threatening or life-threatening; however, many cause irritative symptoms such as burning, foreign-body sensation or pain. Blepharitis, or eyelid inflammation, one of the most common problems, is characterized by erythematous eyelids with accumulation of debris along the eyelid margin. Malignant eyelid tumors may be associated with lash loss and erosion of normal eyelid structures.
Recognition and diagnosis of these problems are crucial to their proper management. A personalized treatment plan is essential to proper eyelid health, beauty, and function.