Swelling and irritation around your eyelids can cause turmoil in your daily life. Even if it doesn’t affect your vision, the itching and crusting can make it hard to complete simple day-to-day tasks. At Beraja Medical Institute in Coral Gables, Florida, the team provides tips and treatment for blepharitis and its symptoms. Request your blepharitis evaluation at Beraja Medical Institute by phone or online today
Blepharitis Q & A
What is blepharitis?
Blepharitis is a common type of eyelid swelling and inflammation. It often appears alongside dry eyes, another common condition, and experts aren’t sure which one causes the other.
Blepharitis often occurs when the oil glands near the base of your eyelashes become clogged or when there is an overgrowth of bacteria along your lash line. The inflammation, redness, leaking, and crusting can look unsightly and severe, but the condition isn’t contagious, and it’s highly treatable. Thankfully, it rarely causes permanent vision damage or loss.
What are the symptoms of blepharitis?
Blepharitis often comes with many symptoms that feel highly uncomfortable and are hard to look at. You might have just a few symptoms that come and go or many that stay constant for a long time. Your blepharitis symptoms might include:
Burning, itching, or stinging
Crustiness on your lash line
Flaky eyelid skin
The feeling of sand or grit in your eye
Eyelashes falling out
You should make an appointment at Beraja Medical Institute if you have any of these symptoms, especially if they don’t go away with good hygiene and home care. If you wear contact lenses, blepharitis can make it difficult or impossible to wear them.
What are my treatment options for blepharitis?
Many cases of blepharitis are treatable with home care and cleanliness. The team at Beraja Medical Institute might advise you to wash your eyes frequently and use a warm compress over them to soothe the inflammation. If such home care isn’t enough to make a difference, the team may recommend one or more of these treatments after a thorough examination of your eyes:
Over-the-counter artificial tears can help combat eye dryness that often comes with blepharitis.
Topical or oral antibiotics can help fight bacterial infection and relieve your symptoms.
Steroid drops or ointments
Steroid eye drops or ointments for your eyelids can help reduce the inflammation. Your provider might recommend using them at the same time as your round of antibiotics.
To learn more about blepharitis and get prompt, expert treatment for your symptoms, call Beraja Medical Institute or request an appointment online today.
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