Red Eyelids

What Causes Red Eyelids?

Red eyelids can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'troubling' to 'needs attention'.  Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.

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Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms.  In order to diagnose red eyelids, we could:

  • Research the topic
  • Find a doctor with the time
  • Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.

Step 1: List all Possible Causes

We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "red eyelids" as a symptom.  Here are three possibilities:
  • Rosacea
  • Blepharitis
  • Conjunctivitis

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
facial flushing
irritated eyes
severe facial burning/tingling
bloodshot eyes
visible veins on face
rosacea
severe eye discharge
minor steroid use
dark/flushed facial coloring
an enlarged nose
... and so on

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of red eyelids:
Cause Probability Status
Rosacea 97% Confirm
Conjunctivitis 13% Unlikely
Blepharitis 1% Ruled out
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

In the Eyes/Ocular Symptoms section of the questionnaire, The Analyst™ will ask the following question about red eyelids:
Are your eyelids sometimes red?
Possible responses:
→ Don't know
→ No
→ Mildly / occasionally
→ Moderately / often
→ Severely / most or all of the time
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate not having red eyelids, occasional red eyelids, red eyelids or frequent red eyelids, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
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