Blepharitis is an eye condition that is caused by a variety of factors. It is very common and affects individuals of all ages and ethnicities. It causes inflammation of the eyelids and borders of the eyelids, and often produces tears and red eyes. Advanced Laser and Cataract Center offers advanced eye care services and can effectively diagnose, treat, and manage your blepharitis symptoms.
Anterior blepharitis is one of two types of blepharitis, and is caused either by staphylococcal bacteria, or from dandruff on the scalp and eyebrows (seborrheic blepharitis), which is referred to as seborrheic blepharitis. This type of blepharitis affects the anterior, or outside, part of the eyelid. More specifically, patients typically experience crusting of the edges of the eyelids, where the eyelashes begin. Sometimes, seasonal allergies can also facilitate bacterial growth on the rims of the eyelids.
This form of blepharitis, also referred to as meibomian blepharitis, occurs underneath the eyelid, and is generally caused by the eyelid glands producing too much oil. Meibomian blepharitis causes the eyelid glands to become clogged and subsequently create an inflamed, red eyelid. The dark and moist environment underneath the eyelid is suitable for bacterial growth, which causes the eyelid to become red and irritated. Certain skin conditions can also prompt blepharitis development, such as scalp dandruff and acne rosacea.
The first step is to schedule an evaluation at Advanced Laser and Cataract Center. During your appointment an eye care specialist with complete a comprehensive eye exam and will thoroughly review the health and appearance of your eyes to determine which type of blepharitis you may have. Your patient and medical history will be examined to determine if there are any other medical concerns that may be affecting the health of your eyes.
How to Treat Blepharitis
Advanced Laser Center may prescribe a number of eyelid cleansing agents that can help keep your blepharitis symptoms at a minimum. These cleansing agents can also improve the appearance of crusting eyelids. Further, applying a warm compress and gently massaging the eyes while they are closed can loosen crust as well as any oil that may be blocked in your eyelid glands due to meibomian blepharitis. It is very important to make sure you wash your hands before each time you touch your face or eyes, as this can prevent further bacteria from spreading.