Research published in the British Journal of Ophthalmology reveals that there were 4022 cases of eyelid squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) in England between 2000 and 2014.
Rates of eyelid SCC rose by 2% each year over the period after demographic factors were taken into account.
The risk of developing eyelid cancer doubled for both men and women for every decade beyond 60.
The study found that people in areas of deprivation were no more likely to be diagnosed with the form of cancer than those in affluent areas.
Men were almost twice as likely as women to receive a diagnosis of eyelid SCC.
The reasons behind the gender disparity were unclear, the researchers stated.
Theories that have been suggested include behavioural differences in UV exposure between men and women, and the possibility that oestrogen has a protective effect.