What is it?

Blepharitis is an inflammation of the eyelid. It is a common eye condition that can often be chronic. It is not contagious, and it does not lead to any permanent eye damage or vision problems. There are two basic forms of blepharitis, which are:

  • Anterior Blepharitis: The inflammation affects the outer edge of the eyelid, near where the eyelashes are attached.
  • Posterior Blepharitis: The inflammation affects the inner edge of the eyelid, coming in contact with the eyeball.

How does it happen?

Blepharitis can be caused by a few different factors. It can be caused by too much of the bacteria normally found on skin. It can also be caused by a blockage of the eye’s oil glands or even from allergies.

What are the symptoms?

Symptoms are often uncomfortable and can vary. Some of the symptoms of blepharitis may include:

  • A burning sensation in the eye
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Red and swollen eyelids (and/or eyes)
  • Dry eyes
  • A feeling like something is in your eye
  • Crusty eyelids

What are my risk factors?

Blepharitis is relatively common, but those with poor hygiene habits may be at a greater risk of developing the condition.

How is it diagnosed and treated?

Your eye doctor will perform a comprehensive eye exam to diagnose blepharitis. The eye exam will focus especially on the eyelids and the surface of your eyeballs.

Blepharitis can be treated at home, in most cases. At-home treatment will include applying a warm washcloth to the affected eye for 5 minutes, multiple times throughout the day. You may have to temporarily stop wearing makeup and/or contact lenses during the healing process.

How can I prevent it from happening?

Regularly cleaning your face and around your eyes can help prevent occurrences. It is also important to remove your makeup before bed every day to reduce bacteria or build-up.

If you are experiencing similar symptoms to blepharitis, contact us today.

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