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What To Do if a Mosquito Bites Your Eyelid

Many of us spend the warm weather outdoors, barbecuing, camping, hiking, swimming. Although the itchy mosquito bites are typically associated with summer, mosquitos can be relentless and be a major pest, in the spring and even into the fall.

Why do Mosquitoes Bite?

Mosquitoes are small flying insects, but they don’t actually “bite”. They pierce the skin to reach a person’s blood vessels to access a source of protein for the female’s eggs. Male mosquitoes do not consume blood.

While most mosquitoes are harmless, others may carry dangerous diseases, such as malaria, in certain parts of the world. In rare cases, mosquito bites can cause other complications.

What does a mosquito bite on the eyelid look like?

A mosquito bite on the eyelid typically causes redness and inflammation of the eyelid and the surrounding area.

Since the tissue around the eye is loose, fluid accumulation and inflammation following an insect bite is common. In severe cases, it can even inhibit the eye from opening, especially after lying down, as the fluid gravitates to that area.

The skin around the eye is sensitive, so the itching and discomfort from a bite on the eyelid may feel particularly intense. Rest assured that most of the time the itchiness lasts only a few days, but try to avoid rubbing your eyes as it can exacerbate the swelling and irritation.

Are Mosquito Bites on the Eyelid Dangerous?

Usually not, but they can cause severe itching and swelling.

Young children are at a higher risk for acute swelling from a mosquito bite, as they tend to have a stronger immune response than adults do. While your child’s eye may look concerning, the inflammation should naturally subside within a few days.

Signs of an infected mosquito bite

Although uncommon, there are instances when a mosquito bite can become infected and require medical attention. Here are some signs to look out for:

  • An eyelid that develops a deep red appearance
  • An eyelid that is hot and hard to the touch
  • Discharge from the eye
  • Intense pain around the eye
  • Swelling doesn’t subside after 2-3 days

Sometimes, if the bite becomes infected, the infection will spread to the second eye and symptoms will likely be apparent in both eyelids.

If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms or if your vision is affected by your swollen eyelid, contact us for an eye exam and to determine the best course of treatment. If the eyelid isn’t infected, the following home remedies may help.

Home Remedies to Reduce Eyelid Discomfort and Swelling

Try these tips to help relieve your discomfort and promote healing.

  1. Cold Compresses. Place a cold, wet compress on your eye for around 20 minutes, 2-3 times per day to reduce the swelling and numb the itchiness. Be sure that the compress is not too cold as it can damage the skin around your eye.
  2. Allergy Medicine. Take an antihistamine, either in liquid or tablet form, to reduce itching and inflammation. Be sure to read the directions on the bottle for proper dosage information.
  3. Eye Drops. Eye drops can help further reduce inflammation and provide additional relief, especially if your vision is being affected. Vasoconstrictor eye drops are generally recommended to reduce the swelling of the blood vessels in the eyes. These drops should be used sparingly as they can cause a rebound effect – making the eyes red once they heal. It’s best to consult with your eye doctor before using any eye drops, just to be sure.

Most mosquito bites will heal on their own without any need for additional treatment. However, the eyelid is a sensitive area and may require special care to speed up the healing process.

Experiencing symptoms of an infected mosquito bite on the eye? Have any questions or concerns about your eye health or vision? We’re here to help! Simply contact Yesnick Vision Center in Las Vegas and one of our professional eye care professionals will be happy to assist.

Q&A

What is an eye infection?

An eye infection is a condition in which viruses, bacteria or other microbial agents attack the eye, causing itchy and red eyes. The infection can also affect the eyelid, cornea, and conjunctiva (the thin area that covers the inside of the eyelids and outer part of the eye).

​​What are the typical symptoms of an eye infection?

Usually people with an eye infection experience at least one of the following:

Eye pain, persistent itching, grittiness, sensitivity to light, watery eyes, fluid discharge, blurred vision, irritation, swelling and dryness. These symptoms can often be confounded with dry eye disease. To determine the source of the issue and receive optimal treatment, contact Yesnick Vision Center today.

Emergency Eye Care vs. Routine Eye Care

Your eye is red and painful, your eyelid is swollen and vision seems blurred. Should you call our local Las Vegas eye doctor for an urgent eye exam? Or is it enough to book an appointment for a later, more convenient date? Many people are unsure about what to do when eye problems arise. Let’s discuss the difference between routine eye care services and emergency eye care, so you know the best action to take.

Our Las Vegas eye doctor can provide the help you need for a wide variety of emergency conditions. This is particularly significant for keeping you out of the hospital emergency room – and away from exposure to all the germs circulating in the hospital waiting room.

Conditions that Require Emergency Eye Care

If you experience any of the following, our eye doctor recommends contacting our Las Vegas optometry office to schedule an urgent eye exam.

  • Eye injury or trauma, such as getting hit in the eye
  • Chemical burns
  • Sudden onset of blurry vision
  • Sudden loss of vision
  • Corneal scratches
  • Seeing floaters or flashes of light
  • Oozing discharge, red eyes and eye irritation
  • Foreign object stuck under your eyelid

Some types of dangerous eye emergencies will require a trip to the hospital, such as:

  • When your eyes are dilated unequally or if they suddenly don’t move in coordination
  • A foreign object pierces your eye surface and/or you have bleeding from your eyeball
  • Severe headache with visual effects

Common Routine Eye Care Services

If your eyes are feeling itchy or dry, it can be very annoying, but it’s not classified as an emergency. You need to book an eye exam for diagnosis and treatment, but there’s no urgency.

The same protocol applies for your yearly eye exam, evaluation of visual acuity, or a contact lenses follow-up fitting. These visits to the optometrist are all necessary, but they can wait until it’s convenient for you to come in for your next eye doctor’s appointment.

At Yesnick Vision Center, we put your family’s needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision. Call us today: 702-500-0525 or book an appointment online to see one of our Las Vegas eye doctors.

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Emergency Eye Care vs. Routine Eye Care

Your eye is red and painful, your eyelid is swollen and vision seems blurred. Should you call our local Las Vegas eye doctor for an urgent eye exam? Or is it enough to book an appointment for a later, more convenient date? Many people are unsure about what to do when eye problems arise. Let’s discuss the difference between routine eye care services and emergency eye care, so you know the best action to take.

Our Las Vegas eye doctor can provide the help you need for a wide variety of emergency conditions. This is particularly significRoutine nt for keeping you out of the hospital emergency room – and away from exposure to all the germs circulating in the hospital waiting room.

Conditions that Require Emergency Eye Care

If you experience any of the following, our eye doctor recommends contacting our Las Vegas optometry office to schedule an urgent eye exam.

  • Eye injury or trauma, such as getting hit in the eye
  • Chemical burns
  • Sudden onset of blurry vision
  • Sudden loss of vision
  • Corneal scratches
  • Seeing floaters or flashes of light
  • Oozing discharge, red eyes and eye irritation
  • Foreign object stuck under your eyelid

Some types of dangerous eye emergencies will require a trip to the hospital, such as:

  • When your eyes are dilated unequally or if they suddenly don’t move in coordination
  • A foreign object pierces your eye surface and/or you have bleeding from your eyeball
  • Severe headache with visual effects

Common Routine Eye Care Services

If your eyes are feeling itchy or dry, it can be very annoying, but it’s not classified as an emergency. You need to book an eye exam for diagnosis and treatment, but there’s no urgency.

The same protocol applies for your yearly eye exam, evaluation of visual acuity, or a contact lenses follow-up fitting. These visits to the optometrist are all necessary, but they can wait until it’s convenient for you to come in for your next eye doctor’s appointment.

At Yesnick Vision Center, we put your family’s needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision. Call us today: 702-500-0525 or book an appointment online to see one of our Las Vegas eye doctors.

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Are Floaters and Flashes Dangerous?

You’ve likely experienced occasional visual “floaters” or flashes and may have wondered what they were and if they’re a cause for concern. They look like tiny lines, shapes, shadows, or specks that appear to be drifting in the visual field. More often than not, seeing floaters is a normal occurrence and does not indicate a problem with ocular or visual health. However, when floaters become more frequent and are accompanied by flashes of light, that can indicate a more serious problem.

Eye flashes resemble star-like specks or strands of light that either flash or flicker in one’s field of vision. They can either be a single burst in one visual zone, or can be several flashes throughout a wider area. Flashes can sometimes be missed as they most often appear in the side or peripheral vision.

Floaters & Flashes Eye Care in Las Vegas, Nevada

If you suddenly, or with increasing frequency, experience flashes or floaters, call Yesnick Vision Center and schedule an eye exam with Dr. David Yesnick right away to rule out any serious eye conditions.

What Causes Floaters?

The vitreous in the eye is a clear gel that fills most of the eyeball and resembles raw egg-white. Within the vitreous are small lumps of protein that drift around and move with the motion of your eyes. When these tiny lumps of protein cast shadows on the retina — the light-sensitive lining at the back of the eye — the shadows appear as floaters.

As we age, the vitreous shrinks, creating more strands of protein. This is why the appearance of floaters may increase with time. Floaters tend to be more prevalent in nearsighted people and diabetics, and occur more frequently following cataract surgery or an eye injury.

If seeing floaters becomes bothersome, try moving your eyes up and down or side to side to gently relocate the floaters away from your visual field.

What Causes Flashes?

Flashes result from the retinal nerve cells being moved or tugged on. As the vitreous shrinks over time, it can tug at the retina, causing you to “see stars” or bursts of light. The process of the vitreous separating from the retina is called “posterior vitreous detachment” (PVD) and usually isn’t dangerous.

In about 16% of cases, PVD causes tiny tears in the retina that can lead to retinal detachment — a sight-threatening condition that causes irreversible blindness if left untreated.

Other possible causes of flashes are eye trauma or migraine headaches.

When To Call Your Optometrist About Floaters

If you experience any of the following symptoms, promptly make an appointment with an eye doctor near you for emergency eye care.

Symptoms You Shouldn’t Ignore

  • A sudden onset of floaters accompanied by flashes (which can be any shape or size)
  • An increase of floaters accompanied by a darkening of one side of the visual field
  • Shadows in the peripheral vision
  • Any time flashes are seen

In many cases, seeing floaters is no cause for concern; however the above symptoms could indicate retinal detachment—which, if left untreated, could cause a permanent loss of sight or even blindness.

If the receptionists pick up the phone and hear the main concern is floaters or flashes, they will try to squeeze in the appointment within 24 hours. Expect the pupils to be dilated during your eye exam, so the eye doctor can get a really good look at the peripheral retina to diagnose or rule out a retinal tear or other serious condition, as opposed to a non-vision-threatening condition such as uncomplicated posterior vitreous detachment (quite common) or ocular migraine.

Please contact Yesnick Vision Center in Las Vegas at 702-500-0525 with any further questions, or to schedule an eye doctor’s appointment.

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