Do you have lumps or bumps on your eyelid? Did you know that tiny mites living in eyelash follicles could be causing inflammation in your eyes? Don’t be alarmed, these are somewhat common occurrences, and Accent Vision Specialists are here to help!

Lid and facial lumps and bumps

Getting a few benign skin growths and skin spots is a part of life. Our high altitude and sunny climate can cause a few more risky growths however. Lightly pigmented individuals are the most susceptible, and having previous blistering sunburns is a predisposing factor for skin cancers.

Your eye doctor looks at the eyes and face with a high-powered microscope on every exam and can tell if something is worrisome or not. Accent Vision Specialists not only screen for dangerous lesions, but do biopsies as needed. Our office has a very accurate microwave surgical unit for just those reasons.

Most common lid lesions/bumps are viral in nature and can be easily eliminated. Since these particular growths are infectious and can spread, insurance usually covers their surgical removal. Let your doctor know if you have any concerns or would like us to evaluate any skin pigment changes or growths around your eyes.

Blepharitis

One of the most common eye problems seen by eye doctors, blepharitis literally means inflammation of the eyelids. It can be allergic, infectious and toxic due to infestation by parasites or related to systemic disease. With so many potential separate causes, it is hard to treat with a single drop, ointment or therapy.

Two of the most common causes are bacteria or mites that live in the eyelash follicle. Symptoms from a Staph infection or Demodex mite infestation are usually mild and present as a thickened/red eyelid margin and itchy/burning eyes -worse in the morning.

Therapies can include antibiotic/anti-inflammatory eye drops, ointments, oral medications and most commonly, eyelid hygiene in the form of commercially available lid scrubs.

Keratoconus

A genetic eye disorder, keratoconus (KC) is not all that uncommon in the general population. An irregular or warped cornea is the cardinal sign, and blurred vision – even with glasses – is the most common symptom in more advanced cases.

Many mild versions of KC are never diagnosed and never progress enough to affect vision.

A topographic picture of the eye surface is most commonly used to find the condition – a test that is routine in contact lens fitting. Topography is sometimes ordered when the doctor suspects KC due to certain prescription types and when it is hard to get the patient to see normally with glasses. Special contact lenses usually can bring the patient to more normal vision. See Scleral and Hybrid lenses in a related blog.

Very few cases need corneal transplantation and fewer still will need it in the future. Corneal crosslinking is a new non-surgical procedure that can stabilize the more aggressive KC patients and prevent the need for surgery.

If you’re concerned about any symptoms that might be related to these conditions, contact us today and schedule an exam to keep your eye health at its best!