Allergic Lid Edema refers to the eyelid swelling that is typically the result of an allergic reaction to external irritants.
Who can get it?
Anyone can get an ocular allergy.
What are the symptoms?
Sudden severe eyelid swelling after eating certain foods, ingesting certain medicines or after exposure to tanning beds.
What is the treatment?
Eyelids are thin and therefore the swelling may appear more dramatically than in other parts of the body. The retained fluid, however, usually responds quickly to treatment. Ocular medications are often prescribed to prevent the further release of histamines and reduce swelling and redness. Certain eyedrops may sting or burn on application but this is normal.
Cold compresses can also help to reduce swelling and soothe sore eyes. If you are suffering from allergic lid edema, see your optometrist for treatment and home care instructions.