Uncomfortable, red eyes with crusty eyelashes keep you from looking your best and seeing clearly. If this condition, known as blepharitis, frequently recurs throughout your life, you need a correct diagnosis and treatment if you're ever going to overcome your symptoms. Come see one of our ophthalmologists or optometrists at Vision Care & Surgery Associates in Weston or Hialeah.
What Is Blepharitis?
Blepharitis refers to inflammation of the eyelid. The good news is that this condition does not spread to others, nor does it cause long-term eye damage. However, the skin conditions that cause it are typically lifelong problems, and this inflammation will often return numerous times throughout a person's life.
In addition to inflammation, symptoms of this eye problem include:
- Itchy flakes on the eyelashes
- Irritated eyelids
- Swollen eyelids
- Blurry vision
- Sensitivity to light
- Sticky eyelids
- Extra tears or dry eyes
Since many other conditions can cause many of these symptoms, make an appointment with an eye doctor to get an appropriate diagnosis.
What Causes This Condition?
This inflammation happens either inside the eyelid (posterior) or outside (anterior). Different causes will lead to developing swelling and redness in these different locations. For example, anterior blepharitis typically happens from scalp dandruff or bacteria. Posterior blepharitis occurs when problems with the oil glands under the eyelid lead to swelling such as rosacea or dandruff.
What Complications Can Happen from Blepharitis?
Without proper treatment, blepharitis can lead to further complications. Constant, unrelenting inflammation may lead to a sty, which is a visible, infected lump on the eyelid. Chalazion is another form of infection that typically happens inside the eyelid when the oil glands become blocked.
Other complications include:
- Frequent pink eye infections
- Difficulty wearing contacts
- Dry eyes or excessive tearing
- Loss of eyelashes
- Eyelid scarring
How Can Eye Exams Help?
If you suspect you may have blepharitis, visit an eye doctor to get a diagnosis. An eye doctor can also tell you how to care for your eyes to prevent future recurrences of blepharitis. If you have eyelid swelling that doesn’t respond to home care, you may need prescription steroid or antibiotic eyedrops. Only your optometrist or ophthalmologist will know the best way to treat your eye condition.
Get Help for Your Eye Concerns
Regular eye exams can help you control the inflammation from this condition and prevent complications. Make an appointment at our Weston location by calling us at 954-945-5570 to connect to our Weston location or at (305) 835-7588 for our location in Hialeah. At Vision Care & Surgery Associates, we’re here to help you take care of your eyes.