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Red eyelids Assessment Questionnaire

Questions Your Doctor May Ask - and Why!

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Red eyelids. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.

It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.

Create your printable checklist by answering questions that your doctor may ask below:

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  1. How long have you had the red eyelid?

    Why: to determine if acute or chronic.

  2. Is it unilateral or bilateral?

    Why: If unilateral may suggest stye, chalazion, ocular shingles or allergy. If bilateral, may suggest blepharitis, rosacea or allergy.

  3. Where exactly is the eyelid red?

    Why: e.g. blepharitis causes diffuse redness, burning, itching and discomfort of the lid margins; styes cause painful, localized swelling and redness of the lid margin, usually on the side of the lid closest to the nose.

  4. Have you been putting any new drops, ointments or cosmetics in or around the eyes?

    Why: may suggest allergic reaction as the cause of eyelid redness.

  5. Past medical history?

    Why: e.g. blepharitis may be associated with seborrheic dermatitis, eczema or Rosacea; bacterial sinusitis may be complicated y orbital cellulitis.

  6. Known allergies?

    Why: e.g. dust mite, mold, pollens, medications, topical eye drops, cosmetics - may indicate allergies as the cause of the red eyelids.

  7. Itchy eye?

    Why: may suggest allergies or blepharitis.

  8. Symptoms of a stye?

    Why: e.g. painful , tender, red, swelling of the lid, which after a few days localizes and cures itself spontaneously by discharging pus at the lash base.

  9. Symptoms of a Chalazion (meibomian gland cyst)?

    Why: e.g. firm, non-tender lump in the lid. The lump may have a history of redness and swelling with previous infection.

  10. Symptoms of blepharitis?

    Why: e.g. eyelids have burning, itching and red margins, eyelashes may have crusting and scales, discharge or stickiness especially in the morning. If present for years there may be loss of eyelashes or distortion (in-growing) of the eyelashes. There may be a Staphylococcal bacterial infection which can cause severe inflammation with pus-like discharge.

  11. Symptoms of Ocular shingles?

    Why: e.g. pain, tingling and numbness around the eye may precede a blistering red rash and eyelid swelling. Fifty percent of people have the eye itself affected with either corneal ulcers, episcleritis or iritis.

  12. Symptoms of Rosacea?

    Why: e.g. flushing of the face with increases in skin temperature, acne-like rash over the face. May be complicated by blepharitis, conjunctivitis, episcleritis or corneal ulcers.

  13. Symptoms of orbital cellulitis?

    Why: e.g. abrupt onset of swelling, pain and redness of the eyelid, accompanied by proptosis (forward protrusion of the eye) and fever. Orbital cellulitis may result from sinusitis, spread of infection from a wound or insect bite. Must have immediate treatment to prevent blindness and spread of infection to the brain.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Red eyelids:

The following list of conditions have 'Red eyelids' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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