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Definition of Blepharitis

Blepharitis is a common condition characterized by inflammation of the eyelids. It can affect the outer skin of the eyelids or the inner part where the eyelashes grow. Blepharitis is an inflammation of the eyelids that can cause various symptoms. It is important to note that the symptoms of blepharitis can vary in severity and may come and go over time. If you experience any of these symptoms, it is recommended to consult an eye doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment.

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symptoms

Red and swollen Eyelids

Blepharitis can cause the eyelids to become inflamed, resulting in redness and swelling. The eyelids may appear puffy and may feel tender to the touch.

Many people with blepharitis experience itching or a burning sensation in their eyes. This discomfort may be constant or intermittent.

Blepharitis can disrupt the normal tear film on the surface of the eyes, leading to excessive tearing or watery eyes. On the other hand, some individuals may experience dry eyes due to poor tear production.

Light sensitivity, also known as photophobia, is another symptom of blepharitis. Bright lights may cause discomfort and make the eyes feel more irritated.

Blepharitis can cause the oil glands at the base of the eyelashes to malfunction, resulting in the production of an abnormal oil called meibum. This can lead to the formation of crusts or scales along the eyelashes, which may be greasy or sticky in nature.

In some cases, blepharitis can cause the skin of the eyelids to become dry and flaky. This can result in the shedding of skin flakes or scales, which may accumulate along the lash line.

Blurred vision can occur due to the inflammation and irritation caused by blepharitis. The vision may become temporarily blurry, especially upon waking or after prolonged periods of eye use.

 People with blepharitis often wake up with their eyelids stuck together due to the presence of crusts or debris along the lash line. This can make it difficult to open the eyes in the morning.

treatment types

Eyelid Hygiene

Proper eyelid hygiene is crucial in managing blepharitis. We will provide you with instructions on how to maintain clean eyelids and effectively remove debris and accumulated oils from the eyelid margins.

 Depending on the severity and underlying cause of your blepharitis, we may prescribe topical or oral medications to reduce inflammation, control bacterial or fungal infections, and manage symptoms.

LipiFlow is an innovative treatment that addresses the underlying cause of blepharitis by targeting dysfunctional oil glands. This advanced technology applies controlled heat and pressure to the eyelids, clearing blocked meibomian glands and restoring their normal function. LipiFlow can help improve the quality of the tear film, alleviate dryness, and promote healthier eyelids.

Lubricating eye drops and artificial tears can provide temporary relief from dryness, irritation, and discomfort associated with blepharitis.

 In cases where blepharitis has caused significant eyelid deformities or excess skin, blepharoplasty, a surgical procedure to remove excess tissue, may be recommended to improve both function and appearance.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is Blepharitis?

Some home remedies that may help manage blepharitis symptoms include warm compresses, lid scrubs with mild cleansers, avoiding eye makeup, and using artificial tears to lubricate the eyes. However, it is important to seek treatment to prevent these complications.

Blepharitis can have various causes, including bacterial or viral infections, allergies, or problems with the oil glands in the eyelids.

Common symptoms of blepharitis include redness and swelling of the eyelids, itching or burning sensation, crusty or greasy eyelashes, dry eyes, blurry vision, and sensitivity to light.

Blepharitis itself is not contagious, but if it is caused by a bacterial or viral infection, it may be contagious. It is important to practice good hygiene and avoid sharing personal items like towels or makeup brushes.

Blepharitis is a chronic condition that cannot be completely cured, but it can be managed with proper treatment and self-care. It is important to follow a regular eyelid hygiene routine to control symptoms and prevent flare-ups.

A healthcare professional, usually an eye doctor, can diagnose blepharitis through a comprehensive eye examination. They may examine your eyelids, evaluate your symptoms, and may take a sample of eyelid secretions for further analysis.

If left untreated, blepharitis can lead to complications such as styes (infections of the eyelid glands), chalazia (blocked oil glands), dry eye syndrome, or corneal problems. It is important to seek treatment to prevent these complications.

Early detection through routine eye examinations in childhood is crucial for identifying and addressing amblyopia. Parents should ensure that their children have regular eye check-ups.

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