Blepharitis is an inflammatory condition that affects your eyelids. It usually occurs alongside dry eye syndrome. Today, your eye care specialists from Six One Six Vision Center discuss this problem in detail.
Cause and Risk Factors
Certain bacteria normally live on your skin. Some individuals, however, may have more bacteria along their eyelids than other people. As the bacteria continue to thrive, they may create a biofilm that traps surface debris, foreign substances and other impurities. This leads to exotoxin production that may irritate your eyelids, resulting in inflammation.
Your optometrist explains that having dry eyes makes you more likely to develop blepharitis. The lack of hydration and moisture in your eyes promotes eyelid irritation. Those with oily skin are also at a higher risk of developing this condition. Increasing age is another major risk factor, as sebum imbalances and hormonal changes may happen over time.
Blepharitis causes red, swollen and itchy eyelids. Irritated eyelids may also affect your tear glands and compromise their tear production. A feeling that something’s in your eye and a burning sensation are common, as well. You may have crusty eyelashes and blurry vision too.
Keeping your eyelids clean and free of crusts are the treatment goals for those with blepharitis. Your eye doctor recommends applying warm compresses on your eyelids to loosen the crusts. Then, scrub your eyelids gently with a cotton swab dipped in a mixture of water and baby shampoo. For more severe cases, we may prescribe antibiotics or anti-inflammatory eye drops for your improved visual health and comfort.
For more information about blepharitis or other eye care concerns, call us at (208) 214-5080. You may also complete our form to request an appointment. We serve Boise, Eagle and nearby Idaho areas.