Blepharitis is a condition where the eyelids get inflamed and is typically a result of excess bacterial growth usually found on your skin, blockages in the eyelid oil glands or occasionally even allergies.
This is a common condition of the eye, and it causes the eyelids to become itchy, reddened and swollen. Eyes might appear scaly at the eyelashes’ base. This is the most commonly reported cause of the ‘dry eye’ condition. Blepharitis is caused by the dysfunction in the oil glands of the eyelids and may happen because of hormonal imbalance.
Symptoms and Treatment of Blepharitis
Some of the common symptoms of Blepharitis include the following:
- A feeling that something is there in the eye (a substance or irritant).
- Burning eyes.
- Light sensitivity.
- Swollen and red eyes/eyelids.
- Dry eyes.
- Blurry vision.
- Dry eyelashes.
It is not possible to cure Blepharitis. But it is possible to treat and control it by following complete eyelid hygiene. If Blepharitis is left untreated, it can lead to even more hazardous conditions like scarring/injury or damage to the eye tissues.
Follow these simple steps to treat Blepharitis:
- Use a clean cloth and dip it in extremely warm water. After wringing the cloth, put it on your closed eyelids. Keep it there for 5 minutes.
- Put the wet, warm cloth on your index finger. On this, apply a solution comprised of 50 percent baby shampoo/mild soap (diluted).
- Clean one eye and then the other and close the eye being cleaned. Rub the cloth over your eyelashes as well as lid margins a number of times making use of horizontal strokes.
For more information on Blepharitis and its treatment, contact Dr. Giyaur at the New York Laser Vision. She is board certified in ophthalmology and ophthalmic surgery and practices in Brooklyn and Rego Park. Call us on 718-676-6464 to book an appointment!