Blepharitis is an inflammation of the eyelids near the eyelashes. Blepharitis occurs when the oil glands at the base of the eyelashes become clogged and irritated. This may cause the eyelids to become red and swollen and they may appear oily, flaky and thickened. Patients with blepharitis often experience watery, burning eyes, light sensitivity, eyelash loss and crusted eyes upon awakening.
Blepharitis can be caused by a variety of conditions, including dermatitis, bacterial infection, rosacea, and allergies, to name a few. After thoroughly examining your eyelids, our doctors will help determine what is causing your blepharitis and how best to treat it.
Treatment of Blepharitis
Though blepharitis can be a chronic condition for some, flare ups can be treated with topical and oral antibiotics, steroid drops, and other medications used to address any underlying conditions that may be causing symptoms. In addition, the doctor may recommend you apply warm compresses to the affected area, and gently wash eyelids with diluted baby shampoo.