Our eyelids can become sore and inflamed for several reasons including infection, injury or contact lens wear. Some of these causes for irritated eyelids will resolve themselves, however for others you should visit your eye care provider for an eye exam.
Commonly called pinkeye, conjunctivitis is a condition which affects the conjunctiva, the mucus membrane that covers the front of the eye and lines the inside of the eyelid. When the conjunctiva becomes inflamed it will lead to conjunctivitis. This inflammation can occur from bacterial or viral infections, allergies or irritants such as soaps and shampoos.
A localized infection in the eyelid that causes a painful red bump to appear on the lid margin. Styes are usually caused when bacteria infect the Meibomian Gland, which is a gland in the eyelid that produces the oil layer of our tear film.
A chalazia is also characterized by the formation of a bump on the lid margin, however unlike styes they are not painful. Chalizias are caused by blocked Meibomian Glands.
Improper contact lens care can lead to inflammation and pain, resulting in an inability to continue wearing contact lenses, and in some cases can lead to ocular surface disease (Dry Eyes or Meibomian Gland Dysfunction).
General Tips for Helping Your Sore Eyelids
• Apply a warm compress to the eyelids for 10-15 minutes at a time.
• Remove your contacts lenses if your eyelids become sore or irritated
• Avoid rubbing or touching your eyes. If you do touch your eyes, make sure to wash your hands before
• Keep your eyelids clean with an eyelid and eyelash cleanser.