People who have an inflammation of the eyelids may wonder what they can do to treat the eye condition and what can happen if left untreated. Read on to learn more about this common eye condition and how to properly treat it.
What is blepharitis?
When the tiny oil glands near the base of the eyelids become clogged, they can cause irritation and redness. This can affect one or both eyes along the base of the eyelids.
Blepharitis can be a difficult-to-treat chronic condition, but isn’t contagious and doesn’t usually cause permanent damage to your vision.
What are the symptoms?
The signs and symptoms of blepharitis are often worse in the morning and are uncomfortable and unsightly. These include watery, red eyes, itchy or swollen eyelids, a gritty feeling in the eyes, crusted eyelashes, eyelid sticking, flaking of skin around the eyes, blurred vision and sensitivity to light. If you have signs and symptoms that don’t improve with regular care, see your doctor.
What causes blepharitis?
While sometimes blepharitis can spread to another person, it may be associated with a number of conditions such as seborrheic dermatitis, rosacea, allergies, infection, dry eyes, clogged oil glands in the eyelids or eyelash mites or lice.
What happens if it goes untreated?
Blepharitis can lead to eyelashes falling out or growing abnormally. Long-term blepharitis can cause the eyelid edges to turn inward or outward or lead to scarring on the eyelids. It can lead to recurring pink eye and cause a sore to develop on your cornea. When the oil glands on the eyelid are blocked, a hard bump can form on the eyelid due to the blockage.
A thorough eye examination, combined with prescription medications and addressing any underlying conditions can help clear up blepharitis and give you the relief you are seeking. With proper self-care and treatment, you can keep this uncomfortable condition under control. To learn more about your treatment options, schedule an appointment by calling (508) 836-8733 today.