Symptoms and Causes of Blepharitis

Those who suffer from blepharitis not only endure discomfort, but also deal with unsightly blemishes around the eyelids caused by the disease. Induced from infections, skin conditions, and even parasites, blepharitis can be a very serious disease if not treated properly. Read on to learn about the symptoms and treatments for blepharitis.

What Causes Blepharitis?

A variety of circumstances can induce blepharitis. Infections caused by bacteria or fungus can spur this troublesome condition. Gland dysfunction, rosacea, allergies, and parasites, such as eyelash mites or lice, can all cause blepharitis.

Blepharitis

Blepharitis typically occurs conjointly with dry eyes. Doctors debate whether blepharitis is a result of dry eyes or vice versa. Some believe they are symptoms of a single eye condition called dry eye blepharitis syndrome, or DEBS.

Common Symptoms of Blepharitis

The symptoms of blepharitis are uncomfortable and often, unsightly. Common symptoms include:

  • Irritated, watery, red eyes
  • Burning or stinging sensation
  • Itchy and swollen eyelids
  • Crusty eyelashes
  • Peeling skin around eyes
  • Frequent blinking
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Unusual growth or loss of eyelashes

Blepharitis can cause long term damaging effects if not treated properly. An eye examine coupled with testing a sample of the skin around your eyes will determine if you’re infected with blepharitis.

Treating Blepharitis

If diagnosed with blepharitis, treat the condition with urgency. When left to its own devices, an overgrowth of bacteria can develop, creating a layer of biofilm. The biofilm encourages plaque buildup on teeth and acts as food for eyelash mites.

Combating blepharitis typically requires at home and in-office treatments. Your doctor will provide you with a daily routine with prescription or non-prescriptions cleansers to address the biofilm and mites. At the doctor’s office, your health care provider will likely treat you with more high tech procedures. Additionally, you may receive antibiotics or steroid eye drops.

Be aware the blepharitis is a chronic condition and can likely come back, especially if it’s not treated properly. Once under control, remember to keep a consistent eye care routine to reduce the likelihood of a fair up.

Living with blepharitis is difficult, but you don’t need to tackle it on your own. Consulting with a physician will speed up your recovery. Book an appointment with your Valley Eyecare Center eye doctor today. Call us at 602-955-2700 or schedule your next session online.