What Are the Causes of Eyelid Discoloration?

By Beth Richards

The lids of the eyes can become discolored for many reasons, including hormone change or imbalance, certain disorders, infections, medications, inflammation and aging.

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The lids of the eyes can become discolored for many reasons, including hormone change or imbalance, certain disorders, infections, medications, inflammation and aging.

Causes

Lid discoloration is a side effect associated with glaucoma drops.

Some of the most common causes of eyelid discoloration are: Bruising: Usually after a trauma to the eye area Hormone changes caused by cyclic changes, thyroid, pregnancy, menopause or illness Prescription medications can cause eyelid color change. An example of a common medication that can cause lid discoloration are prescribed drops for glaucoma called prostaglandins. Jaundice: A yellowing of the skin associated with liver function Diseases and illnesses

Associated Illnesses

Some of the illnesses that can cause lid color change include:

Chronic allergic conjunctivitis Illnesses affecting the liver Periorbital infections of the skin can cause color change in the lid and may be associated with influenza or strep infections. Blepharochalasis is a rare degenerative disease unique to the skin of the eyelids. Connective tissue disorders, such as Lupus Cancer and benign lesions

Significance

Lid discoloration can be gradual, in the case of aging and normal skin changes. But it can also be a sign of changing health issues and should be monitored. Sudden discoloration is more concerning and should not be disregarded.

Suggestions

If you notice a change to your lids, note the time frame and degree of discoloration. Also keep track of any new medications, including vitamins and supplements, that you take on a regular basis, have started taking or might have recently stopped using.

Considerations

Any change in lid color warrants a consultation with your physician or eye-care specialist. Eye infections can rapidly deteriorate and should be treated as soon as possible.

References

About the Author

Beth Richards, a freelance writer since 2002, writes about health and draws from her 25 years as a licensed dispensing optician. She has authored several books, writes for national magazines including "Country Living" and "Organic Family" and is a health and wellness features writer for several publications. She is earning a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Maryland.

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