What is Periorbital Cellulitis?

Eye health is very important for our children's development. Our friends at Milton Optometry share what to look for if your child has an infection called Periorbital Cellulitis.

Periorbital Cellulitis is a bacterial infection of the eyelid that may also affect patches of skin surrounding the eye. It generally develops around the orbit or eye socket. In most cases, it affects only one eye and does not spread to the other eye. It is sometimes denoted as “Preseptal cellulitis” that may progress into Orbital cellulitis, which is a serious form of infection of the eye tissues, which are located behind the orbital septum.

Periorbital cellulitis Symptoms:
Symptoms are typically only in and around the region close to the eyes. Sometimes, other symptoms will appear on other parts of the body as well.

In most cases, patients have a moderate increase in body temperature, as well as chills.

Patients experience extreme soreness to any form of touch or pressure on and around the eyelid.

Redness of the eyelids, along with debris along the eyelid margin, are common symptoms of this infection. In this condition, the lower and upper eyelids are prone to extreme redness.

It is usually mild but may turn severe depending on the degree of infection, causing extreme discomfort in the eye.

Unable to close eye
The opaque, outer white of the eye may undergo swelling, which may be a sign of ocular irritation. The areas surrounding the eye swells so much that patients find it very difficult to close their eyes completely.

Patients occasionally have “puffy eyes” caused by swelling of the eyelids, and areas surrounding it.

Red Eye
The outermost layer of the eye, known as “Conjunctiva”, becomes red and inflamed due to bacterial infection.

The swollen regions around the eye are often warm to touch, due to increased blood flow.

Blurred vision
Patients may develop haziness in eye and may even experience difficulties in visualizing nearby objects.

Shut eye
In this condition, the movement of the eye gets affected. The eye tends to bulge. Sometimes, however, it may also swell and shut.

This particular condition occurs when there is excess fluid in the eye, which may cause pus to accumulate.

Swelling of the eye and eyelids frequently results in stiffness and discomfort.

Teary eyes
Bacterial infections frequently trigger the release of large amount of tears in order to lubricate the eyes. 


Visit Milton Optometry to learn more about this or any other infections your child can develop in their eyes.