What is Blepharitis?

What is Blepharitis?

Although benign, this condition can be very uncomfortable to live with.

Blepharitis is by no means the worst eye condition to have, but that doesn’t make the experience any more pleasant. Here are the key details regarding this condition.

What Exactly Is Blepharitis?
Blepharitis is a condition characterized by inflammation of the eyelids. There are two types of blepharitis: anterior and posterior. Anterior blepharitis occurs at the front of the eyelid and impacts the eyelashes. Posterior blepharitis occurs at the back of the eyelid and impacts the oil glands located behind your eyelashes.

Blepharitis is normally caused by a buildup of bacteria around your eyelids and eyelashes. When bacteria accumulates in these areas, the oil glands become clogged and inflamed, leading to a variety of symptoms. Allergies, dandruff, and oily skin are factors that can increase your chances of contracting this condition.

The main symptom of blepharitis is flaking skin on your eyelids and eyelashes. Additionally, the eyelid area may be red, swollen, and itchy, creating an uncomfortable sensation. Watery eyes, light sensitivity, and the sensation of a foreign object are common symptoms, as well. At its worst, blepharitis can cause blurry vision and mild pain.

Since blepharitis is a chronic condition that tends to recur for life, the goal of treatment is to keep the eyelids and the surrounding area as clean as possible. This can be accomplished with a warm washcloth and eyelid scrubs. Antibiotics can help fight infection, and artificial tears can relieve dry eyes. Additional treatment measures (e.g. steroid eye drops, ointments, and antiviral drugs) may be prescribed on an as-needed basis.

The only way to diagnose a case of blepharitis is to attend your routine eye examination so an eye doctor can inspect your eyelids. Sterling Vision consists of experienced optometrists, ophthalmologists, and other specialists capable of delivering effective treatments for a variety of eye conditions. To schedule an appointment with us, call 541-262-0597 or schedule online.