Blepharitis is the inflammation of the oil-producing glands in the eyelids and it’s also the most common cause of dry eye. Those who have dry skin, dandruff, acne and poor hygiene are more prone to developing the disease.
In this post, your local medical eye care provider, Vision Care Associates, discusses the causes of blepharitis and whether it requires a visit to the doctor.
What Causes Blepharitis?
Blepharitis is commonly caused by clogged oil glands near the base of the eyelashes. The dryness results in irritation and red eyes. It can also develop due to excess bacterial growth on the skin, allergies and hormonal imbalance.
Aside from crusty eyelashes, the usual symptoms of blepharitis include a burning feeling in the eye, light sensitivity, red and swollen eyes, blurry vision and dry eyes. It’s important to visit your eye doctor if you’re experiencing symptoms of the disease for proper treatment.
There’s still no permanent cure from blepharitis but it can be managed. The condition can be controlled with good hygiene and regular eyelid cleaning. Warm compresses can loosen scales and debris on the eyelids and unclog the oil glands. You can use a tiny amount of mild shampoo to gently scrub your eyelids. Your doctor may prescribe antibiotics if your blepharitis is caused by a bacterial infection. Moreover, lubricating eye drops are helpful in giving relief from dry eyes associated with blepharitis.
When to See a Doctor
When not addressed, blepharitis can result in styes, small cysts, chalazion and corneal infections. Immediately call your doctor if your condition doesn’t improve despite good hygiene and proper cleaning of the affected area.
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