If your eyelids are red, swollen, or feel like they’re burning, you may have blepharitis. Blepharitis, or eyelid inflammation, usually isn’t a threat to your eye health, but it can cause serious discomfort. At Egan Eye Associates in Frisco, Texas, therapeutic optometrist Katherine Egan, OD, prescribes medication for blepharitis and helps you manage the symptoms at home. Schedule an appointment over the phone.
Blepharitis is inflammation of the eyelids. It can affect the front edge of your eyelids (anterior blepharitis) or the inner edge of your eyelids (posterior blepharitis).
Blepharitis can be painful and uncomfortable, and you may be concerned about how it affects your appearance. However, it isn’t contagious, and you don’t have to worry about it causing lasting damage to your vision.
Symptoms of blepharitis include:
You may have some or all of these symptoms. They may come and go or be constant, and they can range in intensity from mild to severe.
Schedule an appointment with Dr. Egan if your eyelids are bothering you. Treatment can ease your discomfort and prevent complications, such as chronic pink eye, blurry vision, and damage to your cornea. You may also have difficulty wearing contact lenses if you have untreated blepharitis.
Blepharitis has different causes, which depend on the type:
Anterior blepharitis affects the part of your eyelids where your eyelashes attach. It’s usually a reaction to bacteria or scalp and eyebrow dandruff.
Posterior blepharitis affects the inside of your eyelid, where it makes contact with your eye. When the oil-producing glands in this part of your eyelid become clogged, bacteria can grow, leading to an infection. Acne, rosacea, and scalp dandruff can cause this to happen.
Good hygiene can usually treat and prevent bacterial growth in your eyelids. However, hygiene can be more complicated and challenging when you have a skin condition that causes blepharitis.
If you have blepharitis, Dr. Egan may prescribe medication. Steroid eye drops can improve the inflammation, and antibiotic eye drops can target the bacterial infection. She may also recommend eye drops to prevent your eyes from becoming dry.
An at-home eyelid care routine is also crucial to treating blepharitis and preventing it from coming back. Dr. Egan recommends warm compresses and gently cleansing your eyelids. This self-care is sometimes enough to clear up the inflammation.
For the best results, it’s necessary to address the underlying cause of your blepharitis. For example, if you have dandruff, you may need to wash your hair with dandruff shampoo to prevent inflammation in the future.
Don’t let eyelid inflammation wait. For blepharitis treatment, schedule an appointment with Dr. Egan online or over the phone.