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Eyelid Disorders

Summary

Your eyelids help protect your eyes. When you blink, your eyelids spread moisture over your eyes. Blinking also helps move dirt or other particles off the surface of the eye. You close your eyelids when you see something coming toward your eyes. This can help protect against injuries.

Like most other parts of your body, your eyelids can get infected, inflamed, or even develop cancer. There are also specific eyelid problems, including

  • Eyelids that turn in or out
  • Eyelids that droop
  • Abnormal blinking or twitching

Treatment of eyelid problems depends on the cause.

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Symptoms

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Treatments and Therapies

Specifics

  • Bell's Palsy: MedlinePlus Health Topic From the National Institutes of Health (National Library of Medicine) Also in Spanish
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  • From the National Institutes of Health (National Eye Institute)
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  • From the National Institutes of Health (National Eye Institute)
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Genetics

  • From the National Institutes of Health (National Library of Medicine)
  • From the National Institutes of Health (National Library of Medicine)

Images

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  • (American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery)
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Striking laughter

  • From the National Institutes of Health (National Institutes of Health)
  • From the National Institutes of Health (National Institutes of Health)
  • From the National Institutes of Health (National Institutes of Health)
  • From the National Institutes of Health (National Institutes of Health)

Journal Articles References and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine)

Reference Desk

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  • From the National Institutes of Health (National Eye Institute)

Find an Expert

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Children

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Patient Handouts