Blepharitis is inflammation of the eyelids. It’s a common cause of sore, itchy, red, swollen, and crusty eyelashes. This condition can result in discharge of the eyes, styes, fluctuating vision, and eyelids sticking together. Most patients that have blepharitis have dry eye disease.
Blepharitis is caused by bacteria. Everyone has bacteria on their skin; however, some individuals have more bacteria at the base of their eyelashes. This can cause dandruff-like flakes to form.
BLEPHARITIS IS CLASSIFIED INTO TWO TYPES:
ANTERIOR BLEPHARITIS occurs at the outside front edge of the eyelid where the eyelashes attach.
POSTERIOR BLEPHARITIS affects the inner edge of the eyelid that touches the eyeball.
People with blepharitis may experience a sandy, gritty or a burning sensation of their eyes. This may result in excessive tearing. Most patients do not recognize that they have this condition.
In many cases, good hygiene can help control blepharitis, like frequently washing the scalp and face while focusing on scrubbing the eyelid margin.
Our doctors specialize in treating ocular surface disease. We have developed a highly effective treatment plan for patients with this chronic condition that involves a painless non-invasive procedure called BlephEx.