Blepharitis refers to the condition that happens when you have irritated and inflamed eyelids. This often affects the part of the eyelids where your eyelashes grow out. While commonly occurring, it may lead to other eye problems if left untreated. Here’s what your trusted vision center wants you to know about blepharitis:
Causes and Symptoms
Blepharitis can happen for different reasons. Your eyelids may become inflamed when the oil glands in your eyelids are clogged or malfunctioning. Having allergies, hormonal imbalances, and parasites, such as mites and lice, can also lead to this condition. Certain conditions, such as seborrheic dermatitis or dandruff of the scalp and eyebrows, may cause blepharitis as a complication too.
When you have blepharitis, burning or stinging sensation is common. You may also complain of itchy eyelids and grittiness, as if there’s a foreign body in your eyes. You may develop eyelid crusts and watery, irritated eyes as well. Sometimes, blepharitis may cause discomfort when wearing contact lenses too, so it may be best for you to schedule a contact lens exam as soon as possible.
Diagnosis and Treatment
Untreated blepharitis may lead to various complications. This may include styes, chalazions, and other growths on your eyes. Severe cases may also cause corneal infections or injuries. This is why it’s important that you schedule an appointment with your eye care specialist immediately. During the eye exam, your eye doctor may examine your eyelids to confirm blepharitis. We may also swab any crusts to determine if the infection is caused by viruses, bacteria, or fungi.
Once the results show that it’s blepharitis, we may then prescribe medications to control the infection. This may be antifungal or antibiotic in the form of ointments, eyedrops, or creams. We may also recommend oral medications if needed. Your eye doctor may also suggest taking anti-inflammatory medications to control the swelling of your eyelids, giving you relief. We may instruct you eyelid hygiene measures you should perform for your improved eye comfort.
To learn more about blepharitis, call us at (701) 864-3777. You may also fill out our contact form to request an appointment. We serve Medina, Valley City, and the surrounding ND communities.