Vein Clinic FAQ: What Causes Spider Veins on Your Eyes?

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As you probably already understand, spider veins are tiny red or purple veins/capillaries that appear on the surface of the skin. They look similar to spider webs, hence the name. Medically, these veins are known as telangiectasia. Spider veins are usually harmless, and are more of a cosmetic issue—especially if they appear in the facial area. When spider veins appear on the eyelids, there can be several different causes.

What Causes Eyelid Spider Veins?

The skin of the eyelid is more delicate and fragile that any other spot on the body. Because this skin that is over and under the eyelids, it can be damaged more easily. It is for this reason that spider veins are more noticeable earlier than they are on the thighs and legs. Some of the reasons for eyelid spider veins include:

  • Age
  • Family history/genetics
  • Sun exposure,
  • Excessive eye strain
  • Insomnia

Because the veins in this area are thin, they are prone to bulging and enlargement due to venous deficiency, where the blood flow backs up and creates pressure on the vein walls. High blood pressure and inflammation can make the veins more prominent. And as we age, the skin becomes thinner and the veins of the eyelids can become more prominent.

As with many vein issues, spider veins of the eyelids can also be caused by an unhealthy lifestyle. If you are not getting regular sleep or suffer from insomnia, you can be at risk for eyelid spider veins. Also, excessive eye strain from reading in dim lights or working at a computer can also make veins more visible. Overexposure to sunlight can also damage the skin, making it more prone to vein visibility.

Vein Clinic Remedies and Therapies

Because of the delicate area, treating these types of spider veins can be difficult. Laser therapy can diminish the appearance; however, a lot of care must be taken due to the treatment area being so close to the eye.

At St. Louis Laser Vein Center, Dr. Wright understands the delicate nature of this treatment at a vein clinic. You can rest assured that he has many years of experience and knowledge to ensure the safety and success of any such procedure. If you feel you need help alleviating the look of spider veins around the eyes, or any other location, please let Dr. Wright and his team help!