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Blepharitis Specialist

Fry Eye Associates -  - Ophthalmology

Fry Eye Associates

Ophthalmology & Eye Surgery Center located in Garden City, KS

Blepharitis is a common condition characterized by eyelid inflammation. Men and women in and around Garden City, Kansas, have access to a team of skilled eye health specialists at Fry Eye Associates. Several treatments can address blepharitis, but the first step in the process begins with a comprehensive diagnostic exam. Book yours today online or over the phone.

Blepharitis Q & A

What is blepharitis?

Blepharitis is the medical term for inflammation of the eyelids. It’s a common condition that can affect people of all ages. In some cases, blepharitis can become a chronic condition and can be a significant source of discomfort and irritation. 

Most cases of blepharitis originate at the base of the eyelashes. This area contains many tiny oil glands. When those openings become clogged, your body reacts with an inflammatory response. 

Some of the symptoms of blepharitis include:

  • Red eyes
  • Flaking skin around your eyes
  • Watery eyes
  • Crusted eyelashes in the morning
  • Itching or swollen eyelids
  • Eyelids that stick together upon waking
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Abnormal eyelash growth
  • A greasy sheen on eyelids
  • Eyelash loss

Most people with blepharitis notice more than one of these symptoms. If you detect these changes, be sure to book a diagnostic exam as soon as possible.

What causes blepharitis?

Numerous factors can lead to blepharitis. A bacterial infection is a common cause. Everyone has bacteria on their face and eyelids, but an overgrowth of bacteria or an immune response to it can trigger blepharitis.

Additional causes can include:

  • Allergies
  • Excess oil production along the lash line
  • Rosacea
  • Dandruff
  • Mite infestation of the eyelashes 

Regardless of the cause of your eyelid inflammation, several treatments can help. 

What are some treatments for blepharitis?

Your treatment path depends on the cause of your eyelid inflammation. A critical part of treatment involves keeping your eyelids clean and removing any form of crusting regularly.

Using warm compresses is an excellent way to loosen crusts and remove them without damaging the delicate skin of your eyelids. Incorporating a solution of baby shampoo and warm water can also help remove debris and crusted fluids. There are even over-the-counter eyelid cleaning solutions available in most drugstores. 

If a bacterial infection is present, you may need to complete a course of antibiotics. Be sure to finish all medication as prescribed to eliminate all harmful bacteria. Your treatment may come in the form of a cream, ointment, or eye drops. 

Medications can also help control inflammation or sudden changes in your immune system to reduce symptoms. If your blepharitis is caused by an underlying condition, like dermatitis or rosacea, you should address that problem.

During your consultation, your practitioner will discuss all available treatment options and help you chart a course that aligns with your needs and lifestyle. Begin the process today by booking an appointment online or over the phone.