Read on to identify what’s causing your eczema on eyelid and learn how to deal with.
Generally, people with eczema suffer from dry itchy skin and red rashes that go along with a breakout. Eczema flare-ups occur, commonly, on the face, inside the elbows, behind the knees, and on the hands and feet. However, they can develop anywhere, including the eyelids, eyebrows, and eyelashes. It is necessary to talk to your doctor as soon as you notice any eczema eye complications to prevent vision trouble.
What Are the Symptoms of Eczema on Eyelid?
Eczema on eyelid, which is also known as atopic dermatitis, may cause a variety of eye problems include:
- Inflamed eyelids: In many cases, the eyelid itself and its lining can be inflamed due to itching, burning, watering of the eyes, and mucous discharge.
- Changes in appearance: An extra fold of your skin can appear under your eye and your skin on the eyelids can darken. If you scratch a lot around the eyes, your skin will become red and swollen. Eyebrows and eyelashes can be patchy due to rubbing.
- Deformed cornea: The Hard rubbing of the eyes in a futile attempt to cure the extreme eyelid itching can deform the cornea
- Risk of cataracts:Having eczema on eyelid can also increase your risk for developing cataracts later. Atopic cataracts develop in patients with long-standing atopic disease of 10 years. The incidence of atopic cataracts is estimated at 10 % that most often affecting both eyes.
- Scarring: In very rare cases, scarring can occur in various parts of your eye.
- Spontaneous retinal detachment: This condition is more common in patients with atopic dermatitis. It is caused when the retina becomes separated from its supporting tissue.
How to Deal with Eczema on Eyelid?
- Keeping eyes safe from atopic dermatitis.
- Notify your doctor as soon as symptoms begin. Be prepared to examine your eyes and ask when the symptoms began and if anything, in particular, have caused the flare-up like common triggers that range from cosmetics and perfumes to soaps and detergents to substances like mineral oil and chlorine.
- Avoid rubbing and scratching the area if at all possible to reduce the chance of skin infections and eye problems. Keep fingernails short to prevent extra damage if scratching does occur.
How to treat Eczema on Eyelid?
There are many creams and ointments for the treatment of eczema on eyelid or atopic dermatitis ranging from over-the-counter preparations to prescription corticosteroid creams to immunomodulators. However, without consulting a doctor, never use any of these on the eye area because there have been reports of the use of topical steroids being associated with glaucoma, probably from the cream seeping into the eyes.
In difficult eye cases, your dermatologist may recommend treatment by an ophthalmologist.
We know that eczema of the skin around the eyes can be challenging to control. But, with proper treatment it can be managed and you can protect your vision.