Blepharitis is a common eye condition that is characterized by chronic inflammation of the eyelids. You may have dry and crusty eyelids or even swelling and redness of the eyelids.
What are the symptoms?
Symptoms of Blepharitis may include dried flakes on the lashes. This may cause redness and inflammation of the skin around the lashes. You may also feel like your eyes are sore or itchy. Many people with Blepharitis notice a discharge on they eyelids that may make them feel like they stick together. More advanced Blepharitis can cause the white part of the eye to become red and irritated as well.
What causes Blepharitis?
Some people are more prone to Blepharitis than others. The main thing that would predispose you to Blepharitis is poor lid hygiene. In addition, chronic bacterial infections or allergic reactions around the eyes can cause Blepharitis. In some people there is an increase in the amount of oil that is produced by the glands on the eyelids.
How do you treat Blepharitis?
Blepharitis is primarily treated by having better lid hygiene. Using warm compresses on the eyelids may be required daily. Lid scrubs are also beneficial in removing any built up flaking or excess bacteria that may be present. There are a number of products on the market specifically for this purpose. More rigorous treatments are sometimes necessary and your doctor may prescribe you a medication to use on and around the eye.
If you think you may have Blepharitis, your eye doctor can determine the cause and recommend the right combination of treatment specifically for you.
For more information on Blepharitis or any other disorder of the eye, contact our office.
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