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What does it mean if I have eye swelling?
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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Depends
Is the swelling of the lids? Is is painless? Swelling can be a reaction to focal infection, or an allergic response.
It might also be hereditary angioedema. Or it may be fluid excess from heart failure. If the swelling is behind the eye it may be infectious. What seems to be swelling may be thyroid infiltration or a tumor. If persistent, it needs evaluation by your ophthalmologist.

In brief: Depends
Is the swelling of the lids? Is is painless? Swelling can be a reaction to focal infection, or an allergic response.
It might also be hereditary angioedema. Or it may be fluid excess from heart failure. If the swelling is behind the eye it may be infectious. What seems to be swelling may be thyroid infiltration or a tumor. If persistent, it needs evaluation by your ophthalmologist.
Dr. Richard Bensinger
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Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Many possibilities
Eye swelling implies a build-up of fluid, cells or a combination of the two.
There is almost always a cause that can be discovered for the swelling. Since swelling often goes hand-in-hand with decreased function, you may not be as comfortable until it is improved. See an eye doctor who will diagnose the cause and begin treatment.

In brief: Many possibilities
Eye swelling implies a build-up of fluid, cells or a combination of the two.
There is almost always a cause that can be discovered for the swelling. Since swelling often goes hand-in-hand with decreased function, you may not be as comfortable until it is improved. See an eye doctor who will diagnose the cause and begin treatment.
Dr. Andrew Shatz
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