Q and A With the Pros: Things to Know About Blepharitis

by Jun 28, 2017

Blepharitis is an inflammation of the eyelid that can affect your tear production. The condition isn’t communicable and doesn’t usually cause permanent vision disorders. In today’s post, your trusted eye doctors from the Neal Eye Group answers some common questions about this condition:

Q: What Is Blepharitis?

There are two types of blepharitis: posterior and anterior. The posterior type affects your Meibomian glands in your eyelashes and inner eyelids, and can lead to the development of other skin problems, like acne rosacea and scalp dandruff.

The anterior type affects the outer part of your eyelids, particularly where your eyelashes grow. Your expert optometrist explains that seborrheic dermatitis (scalp dandruff) and staphylococcus bacteria are two common causes of this kind of blepharitis.

Q: What Are the Risk Factors?

People with dandruff and oily skin are at a higher risk of developing blepharitis. Older individuals, especially those with dry eye syndrome and other hormonal problems, may also be at a higher risk.

Q: What Are the Symptoms?

You may notice a stinging or burning sensation in your eyes. Itching, tearing, and crusting of your eyelids are also common symptoms. You may develop red and swollen eyes as well. In more severe cases, heightened glare sensitivity and blurry vision are often reported. If you experience any of these symptoms, visit your reliable eye doctor.

Q: How Is It Managed?

We’ll first assess your eyes, especially your eyelash base, eyelid margins, and Meibomian glands. We recommend observing proper hygiene practices and applying a warm compress on your eyes to help relieve your discomfort. You may use lukewarm water and gentle cleansing soap to scrub your eyelids. For more severe cases, we may prescribe applying antibiotic eyedrops.

If you have any further questions about blepharitis, call us at (610) 813-2988. We serve Conshohocken, Lafayette Hill, Norristown and all surrounding areas near Philadelphia, PA.

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