Blepharitis Symptoms, Causes and Treatments, Las Vegas

Blepharitis is a fairly common eye condition that we can treat in a number of ways in our Las Vegas offices.

Blepharitis, an eyelid inflammation, is a fairly common eye condition. It affects the part of the lid where eyelashes grow, causing the eyelids to become swollen, irritated and itchy. A crusty scale may appear at the base of the eyelashes. This can make the lids stick together, making it hard to open the eyes when waking from sleep.

Not only is the condition uncomfortable, but it is also unattractive. Because it is a chronic condition, it is difficult for an eye doctor to treat. Fortunately, it usually does not cause permanent damage to the eye or vision.

Blepharitis Symptoms

Itchy eyelids that are red and swollen are the typical symptoms. Some people also experience a gritty or burning sensation in their eye. The eye may water, and the skin around the eye may flake. Crusty eyelids and sickly eyelids, especially upon waking, are also common symptoms. The condition may cause some people to lose their eyelashes.

Blepharitis Causes

The exact cause  is unclear. Ophthalmologists think the condition may stem from bacterial infections or skin conditions like rosacea or seborrheic dermatitis. In some cases, allergies, eyelash mites or malfunctioning oil glands are to blame. The condition is chronic and may recur even after treatment.

Blepharitis Treatment Options Offered in Las Vegas

There are several treatments that our board-certified ophthalmologists might recommend for blepharitis. The first involves cleaning the affected area on a regular basis. Often, self-care measures, and instilling good eyelid hygiene habits can prevent a visit to the eye clinic. Applying a warm compress can help alleviate the symptoms.

The eye doctor may prescribe steroid eyedrops or antibiotic ointments to control inflammation. Eyedrops with antibiotics are recommended when it is caused by a bacterial infection. Lubricating eyedrops can create artificial tears to relieve dry, irritated eyes.

When blepharitis is caused by a skin condition, treating the underlying condition may clear up the eyelid inflammation. Many skin disorders are treated with antibiotics and other prescription medications. When dandruff contributes to the condition, your ophthalmologist may recommend a dandruff shampoo.