Common Swelling of Eyelids

Swellings of the eyelids can occur due to a number of reasons ranging from injury to infection. The common type of eyelid swellings one can get are:
  • Stye (Hordeolum Externum).
  • Hordeolum Internum.
  • Chalazion.
  • Molluscum/Viral Warts.

Stye (also called Hordeolum externum) Stye or Hordeolum Externum is suppurative inflammation of Gland of Zeiss. It is an infection of the eyelid most notably affects a gland of the eye called Gland of Zeiss. It is usually caused by a bacterium called Staphylococcus. It presents as a painful, red looking swelling on the eyelid.

It is seen in: Poor Lid Hygiene
  • Low resistance to staphylococci.
  • Uncorrected Refractive error i.e. Requirement of Glasses.
  • In some cases Diabetes Mellitus.
  • Hot Compresses.
  • Antibiotics.
  • Incision & drainage surgery after pus formation.

Hordeolum Internum It is an inflammation of Meibonium glands of the eyelid which points on inner side of Lid It is treated by surgical incision & drainage + Antibiotics.