Blepharitis treatment is offered by Ophthalmic Partners for patients in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and the surrounding communities.
WHAT IS BLEPHARITIS?
Blepharitis is a condition in which the eyelids become inflamed and swollen. It causes itchiness, stinging or burning, redness, irritation, and the sensation of having something in the eye. Anterior blepharitis affects the outer eyelid where the eyelashes are attached, while posterior blepharitis refers to a dysfunction of the small oil glands (meibomian glands) in the eyelids at the base of the eyelashes. When the meibomian glands become clogged, a sty may form. Posterior blepharitis can also lead to crusty eyelids, foamy tears, and thick eyelid margins.
WHAT CAUSES BLEPHARITIS?
The underlying causes of blepharitis are not completely understood, but it is associated with bacterial eye infections and dry eyes. Skin conditions, such as acne rosacea, that cause pimples and redness can cause the meibomian glands to malfunction and lead to eyelid swelling and redness (ocular rosacea). The condition is more common in people with oily skin, dry eyes, or dandruff.
WHAT ARE THE RISK FACTORS FOR BLEPHARITIS?
Certain chronic diseases increase the likelihood of experiencing blepharitis, including dandruff, skin allergies and eczema. Even if you do not have one of these chronic conditions, you are at risk for blepharitis, especially if you work in an environment with high levels of contaminants in the air, or if you spend time outdoors.
CAN BLEPHARITIS BE PREVENTED?
Blepharitis is preventable by taking steps to protect your eyes from contaminants that lead to the condition. Washing your hands and face, as well as refraining from rubbing your eyes with dirty hands or fingers is an effective preventative measure for blepharitis. Women should remove their eye makeup before going to bed to prevent the condition.
HOW IS BLEPHARITIS DIAGNOSED?
An eye doctor can diagnose blepharitis by closely examining your eyelids and eyelashes. An eye exam, slit lamp microscope, and eye pressure test may also be used.
HOW IS BLEPHARITIS TREATED?
Blepharitis can be a chronic condition, but it is treatable with a combination of warm compresses, antibiotic ointments, and eyewashes. Nutritional therapy may be of benefit since research suggests that an imbalance of omega fatty acids may cause an imbalance in the oil secretion of the meibomian glands. Those who practice good facial hygiene can help prevent a reoccurrence of blepharitis.
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Early detection of eye disease is the best defense against vision loss, particularly for individuals over the age of 40. Should you experience any vision problems that could be an indicator of an eye disorder, contact one of our offices in Philadelphia, PA, Bala Cynwyd, PA, Media, PA, or Marlton, NJ, as soon as possible to book an assessment.
The eye doctors and surgeons at Ophthalmic Partners have the necessary expertise and experience to diagnose, manage, and treat complex eye disorders and diseases. Visit us today to keep your eyes healthy and your vision clear.