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, sties, fluctuating vision and eyelids becoming stuck together. Most patients that have blepharitis have dry eye disease, secondary to its close association with the eye.
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 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, including frequently washing the scalp and face while focusing on scrubbing the eyelid margin.
The doctors at Summit Eye Care specialize in ocular surface disease. With such an emphasis on Blepharitis, Summit Eye Care has developed a plan to rid the body of blepharitis and help patients deal with this chronic condition. Summit Eye Care utilizes a painless, non-invasive procedure called BlephEx, to help combat the condition.
Summit Eye Care uses BlephEx for the treatment of patients with chronic, inflammatory disease of the eyelids. This is caused by an overgrowth of bacteria along the lid and eyelash margin. These bacteria lead to discomfort, chronic redness, sties, and lids that are stuck together upon awakening.
The doctors at Summit Eye Care use Lipiflow to unclog the obstructed oil glands that are vital to reducing the symptoms of dry eye. 86% of patients with Dry Eye Disease suffer from Meibomian gland dysfunction. Lipiflow is the first FDA approved device to help doctors treat the underlying cause of dry eye. Lipiflow is a very comfortable procedure that many patients find refreshing and relaxing. This procedure helps to restore stability to the tear film and provide relief to patients.