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Dry Eyelids : Causes, Symptoms, Treatment

What is the Meaning of Dry Eyelids?

Dry Eyelids is a condition which is quite common, especially in those people who already have a dry scaly skin. Having dry eyelids will not present a pleasant picture of the individual and the individual may often at times feel embarrassed to even venture out in the community due to Dry Eyelids. This becomes that much more pronounced if the individual already has conditions like psoriasis or eczema. Dry Eyelids is an extremely irritating condition and is quite uncomfortable. There are a lot of lotions and moisturizers available in the market to relieve dry eyelids but these need to be applied only after consultation with a dermatologist or an opthalmologist who will prescribe the best lotion or lubricant for the eye. Dry Eyelids may also be an indication of an underlying medical condition like blepharitis.

Symptoms of Dry Eyelids

What are the Causes of Dry Eyelids?

Dry Eyelids may be caused due to a variety of different problems. While some of these causes may be common, some may be as uncommon as dry eyelids being caused due to Sjogren’s Syndrome. Some of the common causes of Dry Eyelids are:

  • Using cosmetics like eyeliner or eye shadow to which the eye may be allergic to can cause dry eyelids.
  • Using shampoo which may go into the eye
  • Allergies
  • Cleansers
  • Certain types of hair dyes can also cause dry eyelids
  • Eczema
  • Psoriasis

Some of the medical conditions which can cause Dry Eyelids are:

Eyelid Dermatitis: This is a condition which is caused due to an allergic reaction to something that comes in direct contact with the eyes or eyelids causing dry eyelids.

Atopic Dermatitis: This is a condition which causes dry eyelids which is caused due to environmental allergens.

Blepharitis: This is perhaps the most common cause of dry eyelids. It is a condition which is caused due to inflammation of eyelids as a result of invasion by bacteria.

What are the Other Symptoms Accompanying Dry Eyelids?

Some of the symptoms that accompany dry eyelids are:

  • Scaling of the skin above the eyelids
  • Itching of the eyes
  • Swelling around the eyelids
  • Eye soreness
  • Skin discoloration around the eyelids.

What is the Treatment for Dry Eyelids?

As the skin around the eyes is extremely sensitive hence it is not advisable to use the normal moisturizers or lotions as it can be counterproductive and hence not recommended. Consulting the dermatologist or an ophthalmologist for the best lotion or lubricant is the right way to go to get rid of Dry Eyelids.

Using baby shampoo and milder detergents are also quite helpful in treating Dry Eyelids and keeping them moist.

Avoiding allergens which may affect the eyelids is another way to keep Dry Eyelids at bay. This can be best done by avoiding make ups which are known to cause infections in the eyes. Try and avoid touching dirty surfaces with your hands and then rubbing the eyes. Always rub the eyes with a clean cloth.

Use a hand sanitizer before venturing out so that your hands stay clean in case if you need to rub your eyes so that you stay away from dry eyelids.


  1. American Academy of Ophthalmology. “Eyelid Dermatitis.” https://www.aao.org/eye-health/diseases/eyelid-dermatitis
  2. WebMD. “What Causes Dry Eyelids?” https://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/guide/causes-dry-eyelids
  3. Healthline. “Eyelid Dermatitis: Symptoms, Causes, Treatment, and More.” https://www.healthline.com/health/eyelid-dermatitis
  4. Cleveland Clinic. “Eyelid Dermatitis (Dry Eyelids).” https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases/16948-eyelid-dermatitis
  5. Mayo Clinic. “Eyelid Dermatitis.” https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/eyelid-dermatitis/symptoms-causes/syc-20383219
  6. American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. “Allergic Contact Dermatitis.” https://acaai.org/allergies/types/skin-allergies/allergic-contact-dermatitis
  7. National Eczema Association. “Eyelid Dermatitis.” https://nationaleczema.org/eczema/types-of-eczema/eyelid-dermatitis/
  8. American Academy of Dermatology Association. “Eczema (Atopic Dermatitis).” https://www.aad.org/public/diseases/eczema
  9. National Psoriasis Foundation. “About Psoriasis.” https://www.psoriasis.org/about-psoriasis

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Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Written, Edited or Reviewed By: Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA Pain Assist Inc. This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer
Last Modified On:August 9, 2023

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