What is Blepharitis?

  • Blepharitis is term to describe an inflammation
    of the eyelids.

     

  • Blepharitis usually involves the part of the eyelid
    where the eyelashes grow and affects both eyelids.

     

  • Blepharitis commonly occurs when tiny oil glands located
    near the base of the eyelashes become clogged.
    This leads to irritated and red eyes.

     

  • Blepharitis is often a chronic condition that is requires long term therapy.
     

  • Blepharitis can be uncomfortable, but unlike pink-eye, this condition is not contagious. Several diseases and conditions can cause blepharitis.


 

Signs & Symptoms of Blepharitis:
 

  • A gritty, burning or stinging sensation in the eyes

  • Eyelids that appear greasy

  • Itchy eyelids

  • Red, swollen eyelids

  • Watery eyes

  • Flaking of the skin around the eyes

  • Crusted eyelashes upon awakening

  • Eyelid sticking

  • More frequent blinking

  • Sensitivity to light or photophobia

  • Eyelashes that grow abnormally or misdirected

  • Loss of eyelashes

Causes of Blepharitis:
 

The cause of blepharitis may be associated with these factors:
 

  • Seborrheic dermatitis — dandruff of scalp and eyebrows

  • Bacterial infection on the face or lashes

  • Eyelash mites or lice

  • Clogged or malfunctioning oil glands on the eyelids

  • Rosacea — a skin condition characterized by facial redness

  • Allergies: 

    • Environmental allergies

    • Allergic reactions to eye medications,

    • Allergic reactions to contact lens solutions or eye makeup
       

Complications of Blepharitis:

If you have blepharitis, you may also experience:

  • Eyelash problems. 

    • Blepharitis can cause your eyelashes to fall out
      or grow abnormally /misdirected eyelashes.

       

  • Eyelid skin problems. 

    • Scarring may occur on your eyelids in response
      to long-term blepharitis.

    • Or the eyelid edges may turn inward or outward.
       

  • Excess tearing or dry eyes. 

    • Abnormal oily secretions and other debris
      shed from the eyelids, such as flaking associated
      with dandruff.

    • This can accumulate in your tear film

    • Abnormal tear film interferes with the healthy
      lubrication of your eyelids.

    • This can irritate your eyes and cause symptoms of
      dry eyes or excess tearing.

       

  • Difficulty wearing contact lenses. 

    • Blepharitis can affect the amount of lubrication in your eyes, wearing contact lenses may be uncomfortable.
       

  • Stye. 

    • A stye is an infection that develops near the base of the eyelashes.

    • The result is a painful lump on the edge (usually on the outside part) of your eyelid. A sty is usually most visible on the surface of the eyelid.
       

  • Chalazion. 

    • A chalazion occurs when there's a blockage
      in one of the small oil glands at the margin
      of the eyelid, just behind the eyelashes.

    • The gland can become infected with bacteria,
      which causes a red, swollen eyelid.

    • Unlike a stye, a chalazion tends to be
      most prominent on the inside of the eyelid.

       

  • Chronic pink eye. 

    • Blepharitis can lead to recurrent bouts of
      pink eye or conjunctivitis.

       

  • Injury to the cornea. 

    • Constant irritation from inflamed eyelids or
      misdirected eyelashes may cause a sore
      to develop on your cornea.

    • Insufficient tearing could lead to corneal infection.
       

Treatment for Blepharitis:

  • Treat blepharitis symptoms and signs using good hygienic practices.
     

  • Clean the affected area with lid scrubs and warm compresses.
     

  • Make an appointment with Dr. Nanda for the most advanced treatment options available using the Thermal 1-Touch device.

Blepharitis with Stye

Acne Rosacea 

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Red & Watery Eyes

Dandruff on Eyelashes

Thermal 1-Touch Treatment