Blepharitis is an inflammation of the eyelids and is usually
caused by an excess growth of bacteria that is ordinarily found
on the skin, blockage of the eyelid's oil glands or
Blepharitis is a common eye
condition causing the eyelids to be reddened, itchy, and
somewhat swollen and scaly-appearing at the base of the
eyelashes. It is the most common cause of dry eyes. A
dysfunction of the eyelid's oil glands that leads to
blepharitis occurs because of a hormone imbalance.
How Do I Prevent Blepharitis?
There are many
everyday steps that you can take to prevent blepharitis. This
includes removing all eye makeup before bedtime and not applying
eyeliner on the back edges of the eyelids behind the eyelashes.
If you are in the early stages of treating blepharitis,
avoid the use of eye makeup to prevent further irritation. Once
you begin using makeup again, replace your products that were
previously used in or near the eyelids because they may be
What Are the Symptoms of Blepharitis?
Feeling like something is in your eye
» Burning of the
» Sensitivity to light
» Red and swollen
eyes or eyelids
» Blurry vision
» Dry eyes
Crusting of the eyelashes
Blepharitis cannot be fully
cured but Dr. Nota will help you to minimize its negative
affects with careful instructions and treatment. If left
untreated, it can lead to a more serious condition called
ulcerative blepharitis. Carefully cleaning the eyelids is
usually all that is needed to control symptoms and prevent
The edges of the eyelids can be gently
scrubbed with tearless shampoo using a cotton-tipped applicator
or lint-free washcloth wrapped around the index finger. The
eyelids may need to be cleaned several times a day until
symptoms clear up. Warm compresses applied to the eyelids can
loosen crusted secretions.
Sometimes the doctor prescribes a specially formulated
eyelid cleanser to clear the lash area of crusts and scaling.
For severe cases, especially those associated with bacterial
infection, a topical antibiotic ointment may be prescribed.
Corticosteroid ointments provide short-term relief. In stubborn
cases, oral antibiotics might be prescribed. Antibiotic and
steroid drops may be used to treat inflammation that has spread
to the cornea.
Please see Dr. Nota for medical treatment if you
have this condition.
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