What is Blepharitis?
Blepharitis is a common condition that affects the eyelid itself rather than the eye. The glands in the eyelid become infected resulting in inflammation on the edge of the eyelid and around the eyelash line which causes discomfort and can be painful.
It is a chronic condition, meaning there is no permanent cure; it is a lifelong condition where symptoms will subside but will reoccur intermittently.
There are a number of causes for Blepharitis including:
- Bacterial and fungal infections
- Parasites (eyelash mites)
- Meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD)
- Dry eyes can also cause blepharitis and vice versa
- Inflammation of eyelids
- Redness in the eye
- Itchy eyelids
- Gritty sensation when blinking
- Sensation of something in your eye
- Crusting or dry skin at the base of eyelashes
Before taking treatment for blepharitis, you should visit an eye doctor to diagnose your condition. Upon diagnosis, some of the following treatment options may be recommended.
Treatment at home:
- Cleaning eyelids with diluted baby shampoo
- Warm compress
- Prescription eye cleaning solution or scrub
- Antibacterial eye drops or ointments
- MiBo Thermoflo treatment
- BlephEx (Electromechanical lid margin debridement)
- IPL (Intense pulsed light)
Don’t Ignore Blepharitis
Blepharitis requires treatment to ease symptoms and fight infection. If it goes untreated, patients may develop cysts or chalazia and could lose their eyelashes.