Blepharitis is a very common inflammation of the eyelash follicles, along the edge of the eyelid. The eyes will appear irritated and you may notice small scale-like flakes sticking to the base of your eyelashes. This can make wearing contacts almost impossible.

Additional symptoms include crusty eyelashes, burning, redness, swelling, and itching. If left untreated, blepharitis can cause serious complications such as the loss of eyelashes, scarring, or even injury to the tissue of your eye.

The most common cause of this condition is the overgrowth of bacteria, but it can also be caused by allergies. An excess of oil produced by glands near the eyelid allows for the bacteria to overgrow.

Treatment of blepharitis is relatively simple, but the condition should be diagnosed before treatment. Daily cleansing of the edges of the eyelids will assist in reducing the effects of this condition. Proper lid hygiene, antibiotic drops and ointment may be required to keep recurrences from happening. Lid hygiene involves a lid scrub to remove the bacteria and should be continued for a minimum of two weeks.

If you think you may be suffering from blepharitis, please call our office for an appointment.