Blepharitis symptoms are fairly common and treatment is often successful when the steps outlined in this article are taken. The condition is defined as an inflammation of the eyelid that can cause a great deal of discomfort and under eye bags. There are two types, anterior blepharitis effects the anterior or outer edge of the eyelids where the eyelashes are found, whereas posterior blepharitis effects the inner edge of the eyelids where the lid comes in contact with the eyeball. Let’s take a look at the symptoms and treatment.
Blepharitis Symptoms and Causes
The symptoms will vary with the severity of the condition but will involve redness and tenderness of the eyelid(s). A thick, sticky discharge may be produced which causes the eyelids to “stick” shut overnight. The eye may begin to itch, burn and produce tears, and in some cases, the lid may produce an ulcer or appear scaly or crusty.
Blinking can be uncomfortable giving the person a feeling of having sand or dust in their eye. The condition can also involve the follicle of the eyelash and cause the eyelashes to fall out.
The cause of blepharitis arises from bacteria that has invaded the follicle of the eyelash or glands around the eyelid. Blepharitis can also be associated with skin disorders such as seborrheic dermatitis, rosacea and psoriasis as well as an allergic reaction to dust, smoke, certain medications or other irritants.
An examination that notes a local irritation of the eyelid is typically enough to diagnose this condition.
Treatment involves daily cleaning of the eyelids to remove oils that the bacteria feed on. warm compresses and soaks with a saline solution should be repeated often. Try to avoid touching the eyelid more than necessary. An antibiotic ointment or eye drop may be prescribed by a physician.
The prognosis is good if the above treatments are followed. The eyelids should continue to be cleaned to prevent repeat episodes. If blepharitis symptoms worsen or continue for several days, it is advisable to call your health care provider.