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Swollen Eyelid

What are some causes of a swollen eyelid?

Common causes of a swollen eyelid include:

  • Infection of the eyelid skin or cellulitis

  • Infection or inflammation inside the eye endophthalmitis

  • Infection or inflammation of the inner surface of the eyelids or conjunctivitis

  • Infection of eyelashes or blepharitis

  • Infection or inflammation of oil glands of the eyelid or meibomian gland dysfunction, chalazion or stye

  • Tumors of the eyelid or the eye

  • Dry eyes

  • Allergies


Some of these conditions can cause permanent vision loss which can be prevented by early diagnosis and treatment. If you have recently developed a swollen eyelid, contact your ophthalmologist today to make an appointment for a comprehensive eye exam.

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