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Can you confirm that there is no redness?
Is the entire lid swollen or only a portion of it?
Allergies would generally cause swelling in both eyes - especially if it had gone on for a month or longer.
With allergies the lid would be red and the swelling would usually be worse in the am and improve through the day.
Systemic disease would cause bilateral symptoms - as in thyroid eye disease - the symptoms can vary from eye to eye. - I assume your TFT's have been checked already.
The glands would usually swell in response to allergy or infection.
Enopthalmous is simply an observation that the eyeball ( the globe ) is residing further back in the bony orbit than would be the norm - it is not associated with lid swelling per se.
Please get back to me if you need to.
Dr. Jef, what do you think could be my issue then? I don't have a thyroid condition. My eyelid is less swollen in the morning and more swollen as I go through the day.
What might cause this? Would a serious underlying disorder cause intermittent swellinjg or a consistent swelling in the eye? Is there any other reason for the glands under the eyelid to swell up?
The most common cause for this would be a Chalazion - but I would expect that your own Dr would have told you that.
Allergy can cause quite a bit of swelling under the eye-lid - the appearance is quite characteristic.
It would be very , very unlikely that your symptoms herald a "serious" disease.
I was not on-line when you posted your post on 29th March.
Consequently I could not reply...
If you would like me to answer your "last question" let me know.
The lacrimal sac sits on the outside portion of your upper eyelid - the bit furthest from your nose. Your swelling seems to be more diffuse?
An infection would caused redness and tenderness localized to that area.
A tumor would be considered exceptionally rare - but for sure would cause progressive ( as opposed to variable) swelling in the same area - but with no redness.
I will be on-line for the next two hours so if you get back to me I can reply.
Would a lacrimal gland tumor cause on/off swelling of my eyelid? My eyelid swelling is better in the morning but gets worse as I go through the day.
Lacrimal gland tumors can present with a slight fullness in the upper lid - at the end of the lid away from the nose - the swelling would be constant and NOT variable.
Are you anxious that you have cancer?
Wow you really have got yourself way to worked up about this!!
Lacrimal gland tumors are very rare.
It is much , much more likely that you have an entirely benign problem.
You need to make your own Dr aware of your fears so he/she can reassure you.
Is this type of thinking a common problem for you?