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Can I have permanent eye damage as a complication of eczema?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

Eczema can damage eyes, and if left untreated, the damage can become permanent. Atopic dermatitis, the most common type of eczema, may affect the skin around the eyes and eyelids, as well as the eyebrows and lashes. Scratching and rubbing the eye can make it red and swollen. Constant rubbing and scratching can damage eyebrows and eyelashes and lead to blepharitis, an inflammation of the eyelids that can also cause permanent eye damage. Eyes also may become more sensitive to light exposure. Some people with atopic dermatitis develop an extra fold of skin under their eyes. Consult a dermatologist for more information.

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