Blepharitis Basics

  • Posted on: Feb 14 2020
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BlepharitisWith around 200,000 new cases diagnosed in America every year, blepharitis is a common eye condition. Let’s take a closer look at what this disease is and how it impacts your eye health.

What is Blepharitis?

Blepharitis is the name for chronic inflammation or infection of the eyelids or eyelashes. It, fortunately, is not contagious but it can affect patients of all ages. Let’s explore some of the symptoms, how it can be diagnosed, as well as treatment options for this chronic eye condition.

Some common symptoms of blepharitis include:

  • Red eyes
  • Watery eyes
  • Gritty, burning or stinging sensation in the eyes
  • Eyelids that appear greasy
  • Itchy eyelids
  • Red, swollen eyelids
  • Flaking of the skin around the eyes
  • Crusted eyelashes upon awakening
  • Eyelid sticking
  • More frequent blinking
  • Sensitivity to light

How is Blepharitis diagnosed?

Blepharitis can be diagnosed through an eye exam. You may also have your eye swabbed and tested. What causes blepharitis is still unknown but there are some conditions or diseases that may lead to blepharitis including the following:

  • Seborrheic dermatitis (dandruff of the scalp and eyebrows)
  • Bacterial infections
  • Oil glands in your eyelids being clogged or not working properly
  • Rosacea
  • Allergic reactions to medications, contact lens solutions, or makeup
  • Eyelash mites or lice

How is Blepharitis treated?

Unfortunately, blepharitis is incurable, but it can be managed through regular cleaning and proper hygiene. Preventative care and treatment are vital in maintaining your blepharitis.

Some treatment and care methods include:

  • A warm compress can be used to loosen crust and gentle baby shampoo can be used for cleansing
  • If an infection is present, you may need to apply antibiotics to the area. IIf topical antibiotics don’t take care of it, an oral antibiotic may be necessary.
  • Eyedrops or artificial tears may also help with eye dryness.

If you think you may have blepharitis or are having any other issues with your eyes, schedule a consultation with us. We have two offices to serve you. Our Chardon office’s number is (440) 286-1188 and our Mentor office’s number is (440) 205-5840.

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