Red, swollen eyelids indicate cellulitis. Most cellulitis patients, particularly children, develop swollen eyelids, and the area surrounding the eyes also swells. You may find it hard to open your eye. Dermatitis is the usual cause of swollen eyelids, but only your doctor can diagnose if you have cellulitis. In severe cases, the infection can reach the brain and spinal cord, forming blood clots around the eye. If left untreated, it can lead to blindness.
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