Blepharitis is the inflammation of the eyelids, which affects the area where your lashes grow. It develops due to clogged oil glands near the base of the lashes.
Though it causes discomfort, it doesn’t usually affect your eyesight. In this post, your local eye care specialists from Vision Care Plus share what you need to know about the condition.
Causes and Symptoms
Blepharitis can be linked to a bacterial infection, scalp and eyebrow dandruff, clogged eyelid oil glands, rosacea, allergies or eyelash mites. Common symptoms of the eye condition include watery eyes, red eyes, gritty or burning sensation in the eyes, greasy eyelids, skin flaking around the eyes, crusted eyelashes, frequent blinking, eyelash fallout, light sensitivity and misdirected eyelashes.
If you’re experiencing a combination of these symptoms that aren’t improving despite keeping your eyelids clean, it’s best to visit your eye doctor for an eye examination.
Complications and Treatment
You may find it uncomfortable to wear contact lenses as blepharitis affects the lubrication in your eyes. A sty–a painful lump that develops on the surface of the eyelid–is another common complication brought by the disease. Severe clogging can lead to a chalazion, which is a bacterial infection that causes red, swollen lids. Blepharitis may also cause pink eye and corneal injury due to the low tear production.
There is no cure for blepharitis, but keeping your eyes clean and using warm compresses may relieve the symptoms. If these measures don’t help, your doctor may prescribe medications to fight infection or inflammation, remedies targeting the immune system or treatments for any existing condition like seborrheic dermatitis or rosacea.
When left untreated, blepharitis can cause eye and eyelid scarring or injuries. Visit your eye doctor for proper screening, diagnosis, and treatment. At Vision Care Plus, we are your local provider of eye care services. Call us at (844) 201-5900 or schedule an appointment online. We help patients in Drayton Valley and Camrose, AB.