What is Blepharitis?
Blepharitis is an ocular condition that affects the eyelid, particularly the area surrounding eyelash follicles. Blepharitis as actually relatively common, and can be contracted in a number of ways. The condition is typically defined by inflammation of the eyelids. Anterior blepharitis affects the outside of the eyelid, while posterior blepharitis concerns the inside of the eyelid, in contact with the eye.
What causes Blepharitis?
Blepharitis is caused by an overgrowth of bacteria. Too much oil buildup, acne rosacea, dandruff, lice, allergies or seborrhoeic dermatitis may also contribute to the symptoms. Typically, when the oil glands near the base of the eyelashes produce too much, too little or the wrong balance of oils, the follicles and skin surrounding the follicles become irritated.
What does Blepharitis feel like?
- Itchiness and Irritation
- Crusting at the eyelid upon waking
- Sandy feeling in the eye
- Uncomfort when wearing contact lenses
- Sensitivity to light
What does Blepharitis look like?
- Red eyelids around the eyelashes
- Swollen eyelids around the eyelashes
- Flaky skin around eyelashes
- Loss of eyelashes
How is Blepharitis diagnosed?
Discussion of symptoms, medical history and an occasionally bacteria swab is enough to diagnose a patient with Blepharitis. A quick eye examination is usually all it takes to determine the severity of the condition.
How is Blepharitis treated?
Blepharitis is treated through careful cleansing of the scalp, face and eyes on an ongoing, daily basis. Comforting and soaking the eyes with hot compresses several times a day will allow the follicles to open up and relieve the eyes of any blockages which may cause a crust to form and flaky skin to develop. Our moist heat Compress Kits along with Tea Tree Foaming Facial Cleansers provides the best value for Blepharitis sufferers.
Are there any complications that can occur as a result of untreated Blepharitis?
If untreated. Blepharitis can cause several negative side effects to occur. Some patients have experienced scarring around the eyelid, acute infections and chalazion (cysts). In some cases, conjunctivitis (pink eye) can occur.
What is living with Blepharitis like?
Good eye care is essential in relieving the symptoms associated with Blepharitis. Many people that live with chronic Blepharitis lead healthy, active lives. Continuing to treat the condition through a good daily hygiene routine is usually enough to avoid any uncomfort associated with the condition.
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