Blepharitis is the inflammation that affects the eyelids. It typically involves the part of the eyelid where your eyelashes grow. Blepharitis is extremely common – as almost everyone will get it at some time in his or her life.
- red eyes and/or red, swollen eyelids
- watery eyes
- itchy eyelids
- crusted eyelashes in the morning
- discharge that causes the eyelashes to stick together
- tiny pimples on the eyelid edges
- flaking of the skin around the eyes
- gritty, burning sensation in the eye
- light sensitivity
- eyelashes that grow abnormally
- malfunctioning oil glands in the eyelid
- poor eyelid hygiene
- seborrheic dermatitis – dandruff of the scalp and eyebrows
- bacterial infection (often staphylococcal)
- allergic reactions to medications, makeup or contact lens solution
Blepharitis is a pretty easy condition to treat. Dr. Adelson will perform a complete eye examination to determine the most effective treatment based on your type of blepharitis.
- Cleaning the area – using a warm washcloth as warm as you can stand without burning and placing over the eyelid until it cools. Repeat for 5-10 minutes. Q-tips can be used to remove any accumulated material from the eyelashes. Once the redness and soreness are under control, cleaning may go from daily to twice a week. If symptoms return, you will need to do this treatment daily.
- Artificial tears – over the counter drops may help
- Antibiotics – these will be applied to the eyelid to help with bacterial infections
- Steroid drops/ointments – controls inflammation in your eyes and eyelids
Although medications may help control the symptoms of blepharitis, they alone are not sufficient;
keeping the eyelids clean is essential.
If you think you may have blepharitis, give our office a call at 866-340-EYES today to schedule an appointment, so we can recommend the right combination of treatment specifically for you.