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I woke up this morning with drooping eyelid in my left eye. I have been having headaches on and off, although I am not having one right now.

I woke up this morning with drooping eyelid in my left eye. I have been having headaches on and off, although I am not having one right now.

Ptosis: sounds like ptosis (a weakness of the levator muscle in the eylid) Headaches suggestive of inflammatory process. Bells palsy can look similar but it is seldom isolated only to the eyelid. Have your situation evaluated by MD. Your condition is not normal and could have other causes ...Read more

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Is there any way to correct a droopy eyelid and a lazy eye?

Is there any way to correct a droopy eyelid and a lazy eye?

Eyelid- yes: The droopy eyelid is called ptosis. It is usually caused by a muscle or nerve problem that is amenable to surgery. The lazy eye (amblyopia )treatment depends on the age of the patient. If the patient is under 12 years old then patching may help improve the vision. Over age 12 the nervous system is developmentally stable and patching will not help improve the vision. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have a "lazy eye" and a droopy eyelid (ptosis) at the same time on the same eye?

Is it possible to have a  "lazy eye" and a droopy eyelid (ptosis) at the same time on the same eye?

You bet!: In fact, the ptosis often causes the lazy eye- less input into the eye, so the eye gets ignored by the brain and relies on the other eye (amblyopia). ...Read more

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Son has muscular dystrophy. School had an eye exam and they made a note that his eye lids are drooping a little over his pupils. Should he be seen by his doctor?

Son has muscular dystrophy. School had an eye exam and they made a note that his eye lids are drooping a little over his pupils. Should he be seen by his doctor?

MD: I would have him see an eye physician...Not only due to ptosis (eyelid drooping) which can be helped with minor surgery but also for cataracts and other ophthalmalogic problems associated with various muscular dystrophies.... ...Read more

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What does it mean if my one eyelid starts to droop?

What does it mean if my one eyelid starts to droop?

See an eye doctor: New lid droop always needs to be evaluated. Although most of the time it is benign, there may be conditions that have to be addressed. Often, medical or surgical treatment can help, so don't delay seeing an eye doctor. ...Read more

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What does it mean if my eyebrow/eyelid droops periodically?

What does it mean if my eyebrow/eyelid droops periodically?

You live in gravity: There are many causes of this, but it primarily is caused by living in gravity. Don't blame it on age! There can be problems with the muscles in the eyelid or eyebrow. An oculoplastic surgeon is the best to diagnose this. Look at www.ASOPRS.org. ...Read more

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What does it mean when there is a dry patch on my eyelid?

What does it mean when there is a dry patch on my eyelid?

Depends: This could be an allergic reaction or a general inflammatory condition such as eczema or dermatitis. Generally, lubrication with ointment or very thin layer with otc Hydrocortisone cream can help. If it persists or worsens, you should see an ophthalmologist or dermatologist. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what it mean to have a type of crust on the eyelid?

Can you tell me what it mean to have a type of crust on the eyelid?

Blepharitis: Eyelid margin disease is a common and chronic condition caused by inflammation of the eyelids referred to as blepharitis or meibomitis. This condition frequently occurs in people who have a tendency toward oily skin, dandruff or dry eyes. Swollen or red eyelids; burning, stinging, or itchy eyelids; blurry vision that comes and goes; scales or skin flakes at the bottom of the eyelashes; "sleep.". ...Read more

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What do purple squiggly lines beneath my eyelids mean?

What do purple squiggly lines beneath my eyelids mean?

Veins: They are likely superficial veins. Nothing of concern except possibly cosmetic. ...Read more

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What does it mean when the inner part of your eyelids are purple?

What does it mean when the inner part of your eyelids are purple?

Veins?: Sometimes this can be a prominent vein in your thin lower lid skin or it can come from mild fat herniation thru the orbital septum of the lower lid.This commonly occurs with age but not always. This prominent fat can give " shadows" under certain lighting conditions. Best to have an ophthalmologist check this and he/she may ask for a second opinion from an oculoplastic surgeon. ...Read more

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What dose it mean when you have itchy eyelids and flakes all day ?

What dose it mean when you have itchy eyelids and flakes all day ?

Blepharitis: Most likely this is blepharitis, chronic crusting, itching, flaking of the eyelids/lid margins. Often this is associated with dryness, grittiness, burning and redness of the eyes. Try using hot compresses each am and a gentle lid scrub (dilute baby shampoo or a wipe like ocusoft) to control, but if symtpoms persist an eye doctor can provide further help/treatment. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have a third eyelid?

Some animals: Have this membrane that closes before the lids. Humans do not have these. ...Read more

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What can a red dry patch on my eyelid mean?

What can a red dry patch on my eyelid mean?

Dermatitis: Usually seborrheic dermatitis. Try using vaseline for a few days. If not improved you may benefit from seeing your dermatologist. ...Read more

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I woke up with a swollen eyelid. What could it mean?

I woke up with a swollen eyelid. What could it mean?

Many causes: There are many different causes of swollen lids from allergies, to styes to infections. See your eye doctor for a complete examination. ...Read more

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My eyelids are constantly burning and they have turned dark red/purple, what does this mean?

My eyelids are constantly burning and they have turned dark red/purple, what does this mean?

Allergies: Most likely this is related to seasonal allergies. Try some over the counter eye drops, but if you do not feel better in a few days, go see an ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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What does dryness on eyelids and under eyes mean?

What does dryness on eyelids and under eyes mean?

Dry skin: Dryness under your eyes is usually just that, dry skin. It can also be related to an allergy or even eczema. You can try some simple over the counter facial lotion and see if that helps. If it does not you should see your dr. Who can prescribe you something, usually a mild steroid ointment/cream. ...Read more

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I've just developed small purple spots on the top and bottom of my eyelid, what does this mean?, will this go away?

I've just developed small purple spots on the top and bottom of my eyelid, what does this mean?, will this go away?

Have it checked by : Your eye doctor under a slit lamp. That would be the best to see what it actually is for diagnosis. Hard to say from this as you need to provide more info and medical and ocular history. How long it's been going on? Which eye or both eyes? What exposure to anything, previous infections? These are all important considerations. Take care. Good luck now. ...Read more