Blepharitis Treatment Can Help Relieve Discomfort

April 6, 2017 — by William Goldstein
Tags: Blepharitis Eye Infection

A close-up of an eye with blepharitisIf you regularly suffer from swollen eyelids or red, itchy eyes, you may have blepharitis. Blepharitis is a common, often chronic, condition that affects the eyelids. It can cause irritation and discomfort. Fortunately, with proper treatment, it may be possible to control the symptoms of blepharitis.

Blepharitis treatment from Dr. William S. Goldstein can help relieve the symptoms of blepharitis and prevent future flare-ups. To find out if blepharitis treatment is right for you, schedule a consultation with Detroit, MI ophthalmologist William Goldstein.

What Is Blepharitis?

Blepharitis is a condition that affects the eyelids, causing them to become inflamed. Blepharitis generally affects both eyelids, specifically the area of the eyelids where the eyelashes grow. Blepharitis is often a chronic condition that can irritate the eyes and cause them to turn red, leading to discomfort. It is not contagious and is unlikely to cause damage to vision. Common symptoms of blepharitis include:

  • Red eyes
  • Watery eyes
  • Itchy or burning eyes
  • Greasy looking eyelids
  • Swollen, red eyelids
  • Eyelashes that are crusted after sleeping
  • Skin around the eyes that appears flaky
  • Loss of eyelashes

The Causes of Blepharitis

It's not clear what exactly causes blepharitis, but it is known that blepharitis is more likely to occur when the glands near the base of the eyelashes become clogged. Some factors that may contribute to blepharitis include:

  • Bacterial infection
  • Rosacea
  • Eczema
  • Eyelash mites or lice
  • Seborrheic dermatitis
  • Allergies
  • Allergic reactions to eye makeup or contact lens solution
  • Clogged oil glands in the eyelids

Treatments for Blepharitis

Blepharitis can be very uncomfortable. Treatments can help sooth the symptoms of blepharitis and help prevent flare-ups. In some cases, simply washing the eyes with diluted baby shampoo or eyelid cleanser daily or every few days and applying warm compresses are enough to treat blepharitis. In other cases, medical attention may be needed. Medical treatment for blepharitis may include one or more of the following:

  • Antibiotics: Blepharitis caused by bacterial infections of the eyelids may clear up with antibiotics. Antibiotics may be administered through eye drops, ointments, creams, or oral medications.
  • Steroids medications: Steroid medications help reduce and prevent inflammation, which can help reduce eyelid swelling and inflammation caused by blepharitis.
  • Medications for the immune system: Medications that target the immune system, like Restasis, may help relieve the symptoms of blepharitis.
  • Treatment for underlying issues: When blepharitis is caused by underlying issues, like eczema, rosacea, or seborrheic dermatitis, treating the underlying issue may help relieve blepharitis.

Schedule a Consultation

Although blepharitis generally poses no threat to vision, it can be an uncomfortable nuisance. With proper treatment, it may be possible to relieve the symptoms of blepharitis and reduce the likelihood of future flare-ups. If you suspect you suffer from blepharitis, treatment from Dr. Goldstein can help provide relief. For more information about your treatment options, please schedule a consultation with Dr. Goldstein today.