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Why does my eye occasionally gets swollen?

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Published At August 3, 2018
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Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

My right eye occasionally gets swollen. I do not have any pain, itchiness or watery eyes. But this comes like once in every three months or four months. It would be there only for one day and gets better later. I initially assumed it to be because of body heat since I get this only for one day. It was very difficult to get an appointment with a doctor on that day to show my eyes. However, I continue to have this problem. I researched on the internet (because it is highly impossible to meet a medical practitioner here) and I understood that the cause might be because my right eye tear duct is getting blocked, although it is my assumption as the place between my nose and right eye corner gets swollen. A day or two before the swelling starts my right eye gets a bit teary and I feel like rubbing the right eye often. It would be nice if you could advise what could be the reason for this and whether I should immediately consult a practitioner here.


Welcome to icliniq.com.

From what you have told about your condition and the photos of yours, I suspect you may be having a benign disease called blepharochalasis. It is quite frequent in your age group and follows the same pattern of on and off swelling of eyelids just like you have told. There are as of now no good tests to confirm this condition nor any proven treatment measures for this. However, I would advise you to avoid stress and being too emotional at times as these are known to cause attacks of blepharochalasis. Apart from blepharochalasis, a few other conditions can cause a similar swelling like contact dermatitis, If the swelling starts only if you go near a few plants or walk down a certain road which has these plants and you could have come in contact with their pollen. The same thing can be said about the swelling only being seen in certain seasons and not others.Rubbing of your eye can also cause it to swell. I would advise you to see the doctor if:Your vision becomes blurry in the eye with eyelid swelling. You develop pain, redness or discharge. The swelling does not spontaneously go down beyond three days.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Manjunath Natarajan
Dr. Manjunath Natarajan

Ophthalmology (Eye Care)

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