What are the signs of eyelid problems? Any disease or condition that affects your eyelids can cause eyelid symptoms. Eyelid symptoms commonly include redness, swelling, irritation, growths, and loss of eyelashes. Inflammations or infections that commonly cause eyelid symptoms include allergies, blepharitis (infection or inflammation of the edge of the eyelid), chalazion (blockage of and inflammation in glands near the eyelashes), and stye (infection of an oil gland near the eyelashes). Other causes of eyelid symptoms are skin conditions such as actinic keratosis, a condition caused by sun damage, and both benign and malignant tumors. Trauma to the eye area, including blunt force or penetrating injury, can also lead to eyelid symptoms. A less common but important eyelid symptom is the characteristic retraction of the eyelids seen in Graves’ disease (type of hyperthyroidism), which leads to wide-open eyes that appear to be staring in a fixed gaze. Most conditions that affect the eyelids do not threaten your life or vision, although they may be uncomfortable. Many common eyelid symptoms will resolve on their own. However, some causes of eyelid symptoms, including trauma and severe infection, can be serious and require immediate medical care. Your vision is important to your quality of life, so be sure to contact your health care provider for any eye symptoms that cause you concern. Seek immediate medical care (call 911) if you have serious symptoms such as sudden changes in your vision, high fever (higher than 101 degrees Fahrenheit), painful red or purplish swollen eyelids, or if your eyelid symptoms were caused by trauma. If your eyelid symptoms are persistent or cause you concern, seek prompt medical care.