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. Fortunately, most eyelid disorders are not vision-threatening or life-threatening; however, many cause irritative symptoms such as burning, foreign-body sensation or pain.

Eye lid disorders may include:

  • Blepharitis – inflammation of the eyelid
  • Hordeolum/stye – An often painful pimple-like lump on the eye lid resulting from an infected or obstructed eye lid gland
  • Eye lid tumors which may be malignant (cancerous) or benign (non-cancerous)
  • Ptosis – Abnormal lowering or drooping of the upper eyelid caused by muscle weakness or paralysis