Blepharitis is an inflammation of the eyelid- typically involving the part of the lid where our lashes grow. It is a disorder that can affect anyone of any age; however, people with oily skin, dandruff or rosacea are more prone to getting infections.
There are several possible factors that can contribute to blepharitis, including:
- A buildup of bacteria
- Dandruff of the scalp and eyebrows
- Clogged or malfunctioning oil glands of the eyelids
- Eyelash mites or lice
- Allergic reactions to eye makeup, eye medications or contact lens solutions.
Blepharitis can result in the following complications:
- Excess tearing or dry eyes
- Burning or stinging eyes
- Crusty debris at the base of the eyelid
- Loss of lashes
- A sty
- Chronic pink eye
- A chalazion ( a blockage of an oil gland at the margin of the eyelid)
- Blurry vision
- Sensitivity to light
- Red and swollen eyes or eyelids
- Scarring of the eyelids
Unfortunately, there is no cure for blepharitis but there are a number of treatments used to control symptoms. Treatments an eye doctor may prescribe or recommend include:
- Warm compresses
- Eyelid scrubs
- Medications such as antibiotics to fight infection
- Medications such as steroid eye drops or ointments to control inflammation
- Medications to treat underlying conditions such as dandruff or rosacea
- Procedures to remove mites or open clogged glands
Practicing good eyelid hygiene tips can help to reduce the risk of inflammation. Doctors recommend practicing daily self-care regimens which can involve applying a warm compress to break down the buildup of debris, cleaning your eyelids daily with a solution such as baby wash diluted with water or using dandruff- controlling shampoos.
If you are experiencing symptoms of blepharitis and would like to schedule an appointment with an eye doctor at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, please call 718- 206- 5900.
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