Eyeball blister

Blisters are fluid-filled openings in your skin that often occur in response to injury. They are the result of a skin injury that causes inflammation.

The most common cause of an eyelash-to-eyeball blister is rubbing your eyes when you sleep, which can make the skin on your eyelids more susceptible to injury.

Eyeball blisters may also be referred to as eyelid blisters, eyelash blisters, and eyelid chafing.

Signs and symptoms

Eyeball blisters can develop over the course of several weeks. They may appear in one or more areas of your skin.

Blisters may occur on your eyelids, eyelashes, or in the crease between your eyebrows.

When to see a doctor?

If an eyelash or eye injury goes untreated for several days, you may develop a blister. You should see your doctor for any eye injuries that are painful and don’t heal in three days or more.

You should also see your doctor if your eyelid or eyebrow is very inflamed and tender.

If you notice any other symptoms along with an eye injury, such as:

  • Redness
  • Itching
  • Swelling

These may indicate a more serious skin condition, such as:

  • Eczema
  • Dermatitis
  • Contact dermatitis

Symptoms of an eczema flare include:

  • Itching that gets worse when you touch the affected area
  • Dry, flaky skin
  • Scaly, flaky skin
  • Cracking and peeling skin
  • Oozing blisters

If you have a severe eczema flare, you may have a blistered area that looks like a sunburn. This is called a photodamage reaction.

Contact dermatitis

Contact dermatitis is an inflammatory condition that can cause a rash, hives, and blisters on your skin.

Contact dermatitis is caused by contact with an allergen, such as:

  • A chemical called nickel
  • An insect bite
  • The dyes in certain cosmetics

Common symptoms of contact dermatitis include:

  • Blisters that form around the area of contact
  • Red, itchy rash that may look similar to a sunburn
  • Itchy, swollen skin

If you have contact dermatitis, you should see a doctor as soon as possible. They can determine if your symptoms are due to an allergic reaction or a skin condition.

Preventing blisters

There’s no known way to prevent eyelid blisters. However, there are some things you can do to help prevent them from occurring:

  • Use an anti-inflammatory medication, such as ibuprofen (Advil), to relieve pain from a blister.
  • Wash your eyelids with soap and water, and pat dry with a towel.
  • Use a humidifier to keep your eyes moist.
  • Practice good skin hygiene.
  • Wear protective eye makeup.
  • Maintain good hygiene.
  • Wear sunglasses with UV protection.
  • Wear protective goggles if you’re playing sports that require you to wear eye protection.
  • Practice good hygiene.
  • Wear gloves when handling or applying chemicals to your skin.

If you have a history of eye or eyelid injuries, you may want to wear sunglasses with SPF 30 or higher.

Some people are at an increased risk for developing blisters, including people with:

  • Diabetes
  • Raynaud’s syndrome
  • Pemphigus
  • Chronic eczema

You should also avoid rubbing your eyes when you sleep. This can lead to eyelid blisters.

How to treat a blister?

If you develop a blister, your doctor will likely prescribe steroid cream. They’ll also prescribe antibiotic ointment or an ointment for pain relief.

Once you heal, you may need to apply a barrier ointment or ointment that protects your skin from further irritation. Your doctor may suggest other treatments, such as:

  • Oral antihistamines
  • Oral steroids
  • Topical steroid
  • Topical immunomodulators
  • Oral antibiotics

What are the complications?

In some cases, an eyelid or eyebrow blister might lead to permanent scarring. This is called hypertrophic scarring. You should get treatment for hypertrophic scarring.

Your doctor will treat the underlying cause of your blister, and you’ll typically be prescribed antibiotic ointment or ointment for pain relief.

You should see your doctor if you have a blister that won’t heal. They can determine what’s causing the blister and treat it accordingly.

Can eyelid or eyebrow blisters be prevented?

There’s no known way to prevent eyelid or eyebrow blisters. However, you can help reduce your risk of developing them by avoiding the following:

  • Rubbing your eyes.
  • Using an oil-based makeup product.
  • Using sunblock.
  • Keeping your eyes well moisturized.
  • Wearing protective eye makeup.
  • Washing your face regularly, especially after going swimming or sweating.
  • Taking prescription-strength antihistamines.
  • Using anti-itch cream.
  • Using antifungal medication or oral anti-fungal medication.
  • Using barrier ointments or ointments.
  • Keeping your skin well moisturized.
  • Maintaining good hygiene.
  • Using protective eye makeup.
  • Checking your eyes for any abnormalities.
  • Avoiding contact with eye irritants.

How are eyelid or eyebrow blisters diagnosed?

Your doctor will perform a physical examination and order a series of tests to identify the underlying cause.

They may perform:

  • A slit lamp exam.
  • A skin biopsy.
  • An eye pressure test.
  • Blood tests.
  • An electroretinogram (ERG).
  • An ultrasound.

What’s the treatment for an eyelid or eyebrow blister?

Treatment for an eyelid or eyebrow blister depends on the underlying cause. It also depends on the severity of your symptoms.

If you have a blister that’s infected, your doctor may prescribe antibiotics. They may also prescribe topical steroids.

If your symptoms are mild, you may be able to use anti-inflammatory medication to relieve the pain.

In some cases, you may benefit from wearing sunglasses with SPF 30 or higher.

If your symptoms are severe, you may benefit from taking oral steroids or oral antibiotics.

If you start experiencing severe pain, you should see your doctor immediately.

If you’re experiencing a hypertrophic scar, you should get treatment to reduce the scarring.

Takeaway

Eyeball blisters are fluid-filled blisters that form on the surface of your skin due to an eyelid or eyebrow injury.

Blisters can be painful and may need to be treated with steroid cream or prescription medication.

Blisters can be caused by a variety of injuries, and they often go away on their own.

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