Dermatology or Ophthalmology? The Eyelid Margin Wars
Drugs or surgery? Ophthalmoscope or hand lens? Diseases of the eyelid are often thought to be an extension of ocular disease. But more often there is no ocular disease – and medical evaluation of the skin disease is required. Is it a dermatology problem or an ophthalmology case? This lecture reviews the basic anatomy of the eyelid, and presents a pictoral overview of the common diseases affecting the eyelids and the eyelid margins.
- The anatomy of the eyelid is complex.
- Eyelid disease -- especially when part of dermatologic disease, is rarely isolated.
- It is necessary to examine both the eye globe and the skin surrounding the eye to assemble a differential diagnosis list.