Flat yellow patches (plaques) over the upper or lower eyelids are called xanthelasma.
Although these plaques are harmless, they indicate you have high cholesterol . See your GP because you may be at risk of developing cardiovascular disease , such as heart attacks and strokes .
Making changes to your diet and taking medication may be recommended to reduce your cholesterol level and reduce your risk of serious problems in the future, although these may not improve the plaques.
If you're bothered by the appearance of the plaques, it may be possible for them to be surgically removed or treated with a laser.However, this isn't normally funded on the NHS.
Read about some of the main causes of eyelid problems, including cysts, styes, blepharitis, dry eyes, ptosis, ectropion and entropion.
It's quite common for the upper or lower eyelid to become swollen because of a meibomian cyst (also called a chalazion). This occurs when the glands in the eyelid become blocked. Thesecysts vary in
As you get older, it's quite common to have excess skin above the upper eyelids that can overhang and block your vision. This is called dermatochalasis. If it affects your vision, surgery may be consi
As you get older, one or both lower eyelids can sometimes droop away from the eye and turn outwards. This is known as an ectropion . The drooping eyelid can disrupt the normal production of tears,
Flat yellow patches (plaques) over the upper or lower eyelids are called xanthelasma. Although these plaques are harmless, they indicate you have high cholesterol . See your GP because you may be a
It's quite common and normal for the eyelid to flicker or twitch occasionally, particularly when you're tired. It's moreunusual tohave repeated spasms of excessive blinking and involuntary closure of