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Blepharitis Treatments
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Learn more about eyelid inflammation and blepharitis treatments.

What is blepharitis?

Blepharitis is a common and chronic eyelid inflammation caused by oil gland issues, bacterial infection, or skin conditions like rosacea. The eyelid margins often appear red and may have crusting around the lashes’ base, sometimes called “granulated eyelids.” Individuals with blepharitis may experience frequent oil gland inflammation and develop a chalazion or stye. Fortunately, numerous effective treatments are available for blepharitis, ensuring optimal care and positive patient outcomes.

Blepharitis symptoms

Blepharitis can lead to excessive tearing and inflammation of the eyelids, causing discomfort and irritation. It’s essential to address these symptoms promptly, as blepharitis can lead to more serious conditions if left untreated. Common symptoms of blepharitis include: 

Blepharitis treatment

Blepharitis is a chronic condition that can usually be controlled with blepharitis treatment. A stepwise treatment approach is often adopted when addressing blepharitis, starting with routine eyelid hygiene to alleviate symptoms. 

Patients are advised to regularly clean their eyelids using warm compresses to loosen crusts and apply gentle cleaning solutions to remove debris. In more persistent cases, patients may require antibiotic or steroid eyedrops or ointments to reduce inflammation and combat bacterial colonization. Managing these issues can significantly improve blepharitis symptoms for those with an underlying condition like rosacea or dandruff. 

In severe instances, procedures to unblock oil glands may also be recommended. If you have chronic blepharitis, Dr. Kurteeva can recommend a program of eyelid hygiene treatments at home or medical services to help alleviate symptoms. To learn more about eyelid inflammation and blepharitis treatment in Orange County, call 949-760-9007 or contact us to schedule an eye exam today.

Blepharitis

Frequently Asked Questions

Mature woman rubbing her itchy eyes.

Blepharitis is primarily caused by inflammation of the oil glands along the eyelid margins, which can be due to bacterial infection, skin conditions such as dandruff or rosacea, or allergic reactions. Poor eyelid hygiene can also contribute to the development of blepharitis.

While there’s no permanent cure for chronic blepharitis, the condition can be effectively managed with proper eyelid hygiene, medication, and regular treatment. The goal is to relieve symptoms and prevent further complications.

Blepharitis itself is not contagious. However, if caused by an underlying bacterial infection, there is a risk of spreading the infection, especially if you touch your eyes and come into contact with others.

Maintaining good eyelid hygiene is crucial in preventing blepharitis flare-ups. This includes regularly cleaning your eyelids, avoiding rubbing your eyes, managing skin conditions that may contribute to blepharitis, and seeking consistent treatment as your eye care professional recommends.

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