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Eyelid Conditions

At Azul Vision, our team is trained to treat a variety of eyelid conditions such as:

  • Eyelid malpositions (abnormal positions)
  • Eyelid growths
  • Abnormal eyelashes

Eyelid Malpositions

Eyelids that turn inward are called entropion. Eyelids that turn outward are called ectropion. These conditions can cause eyelashes to rub against the eyes, discomfort, infection, watering, dry eye and more. There are many reasons why this can occur:

  • Weakened eye muscles
  • Injury
  • Growths
  • Paralysis
  • Congenital condition
  • Eyelid surgery

Surgery may be necessary to correct entropion or ectropion. This may require that a small part of the eyelid be removed in order to reposition the eyelid to a more natural position.

Eyelid Growths

Bumps or lumps on the upper or lower eyelids can be worrisome, but not all are cancerous. Basil cell and squamous cell carcinoma may be present on the eyelids, causing growths that need a biopsy. Our team is trained to remove these types of growth for biopsy:

  • Basal cell carcinoma: shiny bump that increases in size and can break open and bleed/scab.
  • Squamous cell carcinoma: scaly, thick growths that do not heal.

There are other types of eyelid growths that are not cancerous but can be uncomfortable and unsightly:

  • Xanthelasma: yellow-white bump on the eye caused by an accumulation of fat.
  • Chalazion: soft or firm lump on the middle of the eyelid caused by an obstruction of the meibomian gland.
  • Styes: small, painful lump on the edge of the eyelid caused by an infected meibomian gland in the eye.

We can assess eyelid growths during an eye exam and recommend the best course of action, whether that is a biopsy, surgical removal or at-home treatment.

Abnormal Eyelashes

Sometimes your eyelashes don’t grow normally, causing discomfort, pain or even damage if they are rubbing on your eyes. These wayward eyelashes can be caused by:

  • Eyelid malposition of inward turning eyelid
  • Infection
  • Oil gland inflammation
  • Extra layer of eyelashes
  • Long eyelashes
  • Inward curing eyelashes
  • Injury

If you only have one abnormal eyelash, you may be able to remove it yourself. If this is a recurring problem, schedule an eye exam so we can see if there is an underlying problem causing the condition. 

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