Archive for the ‘Eyelids’ Category

Eyes Red?

Monday, February 25th, 2013

Why Do My Eyes Look Red

Redness in the eyes is the result of swelling or dilation of the blood vessels on the surface of the eye.

Casuses Of Red Eyes

  • blepharitis:  inflammation of the eyelid
  • conjunctivitis: allergic, bacterial, or viral
  • contact lens related problems
  • episcleritis: inflammation of the episclera
  • eye strain
  • dryness
  • glaucoma
  • injuries
  • keratitis: inflammation of the cornea
  • scleritis: inflammation of the white portion of the eye
  • toxic:  some eye drops can cause irritation
  • uveitis: inflammatory condition within the eye

Since red eye symptoms overlap with more serious infections and inflammatory conditions that can seriously affect vision an examination with your eye doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment is recommended.  If your eyes have been persistently red or the redness is accompanied by decreased vision, pain, or light sensitivity then you should be seen as soon as possible.

Learn more and schedule an appointment today. Gray Family Vision has two greater Portland Maine locations to serve you in Gray and Windham.

7 Causes of Eyelid Twitching

Monday, February 11th, 2013

Many of us have had it before.  The eyelid flutter that seems to mysteriously appear without explanation.  Commonly it lasts a day or two but sometimes they can occur for weeks or even months at a time-annoying!

The eyelid twitch is called myokymia and is caused by involuntary contractions of the obicularis oculi muscle.  They tend to affect the lower eyelid and are commonly caused by:

  • Anxiety
  • Excessive Caffeine
  • Eye Irritation
  • Eye Strain
  • Fatigue
  • Nutritional Deficiencies
  • Stress

If you are able to pinpoint the suspected cause, then elimination of the risk factor will generally alleviate the twitching.  You may need to update your prescription for eyeglasses or contact lenses. Some people find relief with warm compresses.  Nutritionally, potassium and vitamin B may be helpful.  On occasion, a topical tear drop (for dry eye) or topical antihistamine (for allergies or swelling) may be prescribed.  The use of quinine (found in tonic water) is sometimes recommended (not if you are pregnant) for its muscle relaxant properties.  In addition, Botox injections are sometimes used for persistent symptoms.

If the eyelid twitch extends into the facial muscles causing the entire lid to close then that can be a sign of an uncommon, but serious neurological condition.

By Dr. Cook, O.D.

Learn more and schedule an appointment today. Gray Family Vision has two greater Portland Maine locations to serve you in Gray and Windham.

2 Eye Signs Of Elevated Cholesterol

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

Cholesterol Ring

This post will discuss the two most common eye signs that I see of elevated cholesterol.

  1. Xanthelasma.  Light brown or yellow elevated patches on the eyelid.  They are painless and are most common on the inner half of the eyelid. 
  2. Corneal Arcus.  White or grayish ring around the edge of the cornea.  Many times only visible during the microscope portion of your eye exam.

Both xanthelasma and cornea arcus are associated with elevated cholesterol.  Interestingly, a study published in the September 15, 2011 British Medical Journal found that only xanthelasma were associated with an increased risk of heart disease.

By Dr. Cook, O.D.