Blepharitis

Blepharitis is an inflammation of the eyelids which almost everyone gets at some time in his or her life; and, some people get it repeatedly.

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Symptoms of Blepharitis:

  • Itchy, burning, watery eyes
  • Sore eyes
  • Sticky discharge that causes the eyelashes to stick together
  • Redness of the eyelid edges
  • Frequent sty formation
  • Tiny pimples on the eyelid edges
  • Scaly skin flakes along the eyelid margins
  • Gritty sensation leading to irritated eyes and light sensitivity
  • Blurred vision

Causes of Blepharitis:

  • Poor eyelid hygiene
  • Excess oil produced by the glands in the eyelid
  • Bacterial infection
  • Allergic reaction

Treating Blepharitis:

Blepharitis can be controlled, the vast majority of times, with careful, daily cleaning of the eyelashes. The best way to accomplish this is by moistening a clean washcloth with very warm tap water, as warm as possible without it burning. Holding the washcloth against the eyelids until it becomes cool, then rewarming and repeating for five to ten minutes is optimal.

After soaking the eyelids, gently scrub each eyelid for one minute using a clean washcloth wrapped around your index finger and moistened with warm tap water. Cotton-tipped swabs (i.e. Q-tips) are also useful to gently remove any possible accumulated material from the eyelashes.

Removing excessive amounts of material from your eyelashes or eyelids may also be needed. This can be accomplished by using a few drops of a non-irritating shampoo (i.e. baby shampoo) mixed in lukewarm water. Again, using a cotton-tipped swab (carefully, of course, by going slowly to avoid shampoo getting in the eye) scrub back and forth along the eyelids, especially at the edge where the eyelashes grow. Then, rinse gently but thoroughly with plain tap water. The redness and soreness will slowly come under control; at which point, this cleaning may be decreased from daily to two times per week. Should you experience the return of symptoms, simply return to daily cleansing immediately.

Washing your face regularly with antibacterial/deodorant soap will help decrease the incidence of any external eye disease. In addition to eliminating redness and soreness, the proper treatment can prevent potential infection and scarring of the cornea.

While the above provides some guidelines and insight, Dr. Singh performs an extremely complete eye examination to determine the most effective treatment for your particular eyes.

Blepharitis Medication:

In some circumstances, eye drops or ointment may be prescribed to be used along with the daily cleansing regimen.

Ointments are easily applied using a clean fingertip to rub a small amount into the eyelashes, being careful to follow the recommended dosage because excess medication will tend to cause temporary blurring of vision.

Certain types of blepharitis can require a medication, usually an antibiotic, to be taken by mouth. An antibiotic can also improve or alter the oil composition of the eyelid oil glands; and, when taken properly, are very safe. As with any medication, side effects may occur for some individuals. The most common side effects are skin rash, slight nausea and increased sensitivity to sun.

If you think you may have blepharitis, please call us and make an appointment to see Dr. Singh right away to determine the cause and recommend the right combination of treatment specifically for you.