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BLEPHARITIS

WHAT IS BLEPHARITIS

  • Blepharitis is an inflammation of the eyelids, typically affecting the part where eyelashes grow and is usually associated with irritation, itchiness, and reddening of the eyelids. It can result from various causes, including bacterial eyelid infection, dry eyes, and certain skin conditions such as dandruff of the scalp and eyebrows (seborrheic dermatitis) or rosacea. This condition can be uncomfortable and may be unsightly, but it usually doesn’t cause permanent damage to one’s eyesight, and it’s not contagious.

We’re finding that Blepharitis is an increasingly common condition, which is why we’ve invested into creating our own treatment program for Blepharitis called eyeClean.

Blepharitis is commonly classified into two types:

  • Anterior Blepharitis: Affects the outside front edge of the eyelids, where the eyelashes are attached. It can be caused by bacteria or dandruff from the scalp and eyebrows.
  • Posterior Blepharitis: Affects the inner edge of the eyelids that come in contact with the eyeball. This is often related to a dysfunction of the meibomian glands within the eyelids that secrete oils to help lubricate the eye.

 

Symptoms of blepharitis can include:

  • Red, swollen eyelids
  • Itchy eyelids
  • Flaking of the skin around the eyes
  • Crusted eyelashes upon waking
  • A gritty, burning, or stinging sensation in the eyes
  • Excessive tearing
  • Dry eyes
  • Sensitivity to light
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HOW CAN BLEPHARITIS BE TREATED?

Treatment for blepharitis focuses on maintaining eyelid hygiene and controlling the condition, as it tends to be chronic. Steps may include:

  • Warm Compresses: Applying a warm, damp cloth to the eyelids to loosen scales and debris.
  • Eyelid Scrubs: Gently cleaning the eyelids with a mild soap or commercial eyelid cleanser to remove any buildup.
  • Antibiotic Treatments: In cases of bacterial infection, antibiotic ointments or eye drops may be prescribed.
  • Steroid Eye Drops or Ointments: To reduce inflammation if it’s severe.
  • Managing Underlying Conditions: Treating any skin conditions or allergies that may contribute to blepharitis.
  • Artificial Tears: To relieve symptoms if dry eyes are a factor.

Regular care and cleaning of the eyelid area play a crucial role in managing blepharitis, reducing symptoms, and preventing recurrences. If you suspect you have blepharitis, it’s important to consult with an eye care professional for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment plan

As you can see, there is a lot of work to be done in managing this condition at home. We can actually do the bulk of this in practice now with our eyeClean treatment. Speak to one of our team members to learn more.

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