Blepharitis is a type of inflammation that causes visual swelling and discomfort in the eyelids. At Stratus Eye in Suwanee, Georgia, board-certified ophthalmologist Jeffrey Tran, MD, provides comprehensive eye exams to diagnose and treat the underlying cause of blepharitis. Call the ophthalmology clinic today or schedule an appointment online to learn more about blepharitis.
Blepharitis causes swollen, red, inflamed eyelids that sometimes burn and crust over. Many people also experience small flakes in their eyelashes that mimic the appearance of dandruff. While blepharitis doesn’t damage the eyes, it can be uncomfortable and aesthetically unappealing. The condition can also be difficult to manage without professional care.
Blepharitis isn’t always obvious at first. Minor swelling can look like mild irritation. Over time, however, untreated blepharitis tends to worsen.
Common signs of blepharitis typically include:
Without treatment, blepharitis can cause your eyelashes to fall out or shift in different directions. Some people even experience corneal swelling.
There are two primary types of blepharitis:
Anterior blepharitis causes the outside of the eyelid to inflame. It typically occurs when bacteria or dandruff in your eyebrows or scalp collects in the eyelashes.
Posterior blepharitis develops in the inner corner of your eyelid, causing it to swell. You’re more likely to get this type of blepharitis if you have an underlying skin condition or clogged oil glands.
Blepharitis occurs when bacteria builds on the eyelids or in the eyelashes. Many people also get blepharitis when the oil glands in their eyelids clog. While anybody can get blepharitis, you’re at a higher risk if you have:
If you have any risk factors for blepharitis, Dr. Tran can tailor your treatment plan to address your specific needs.
The main treatment for blepharitis is cleansing the eyelids. Dr. Tran can prescribe medicated eye wipes to help reduce bacteria on your eyelids and eyelashes. He may also recommend cleaning solutions to keep your eyes free of bacteria, dust mites, and oils. If you have an underlying condition, like rosacea, he may recommend additional specialist treatment.
If you have an infection that triggers your blepharitis, Dr. Tran may prescribe antibiotics to clear the condition.
Call Stratus Eye today or schedule an appointment online today to learn more about blepharitis.