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blepharitis Blepharitis

Blepharitis is an inflammation of the eyelid, along the eyelash line. The condition is not fully understood by doctors, but there are several causes associated with blepharitis as well as a range of treatments.

Viruses, bacteria, mites and problems in the oil glands of the eye are all linked to blepharitis. Certain kinds of medication such as those used for severe cases of acne can also cause blepharitis.

Blepharitis is not conjunctivitis, or “pink eye”, although the two may occur at the same time and display similar symptoms.

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The procedure lasts about 6 -8 minutes and is well tolerated. Most patients simply report a tickling sensation. A numbing drop is usually placed in each eye prior to treatment for increased comfort.

Afterwards, patients experience a near immediate resolution of their symptoms and you will be extremely happy to finally be free of the chronic irritation and eye rubbing that you may have suffered with for many years.
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There are two basic types of blepharitis - Anterior blepharitis and Posterior blepharitis:

» Anterior Blepharitis
There are many kinds of anterior blepharitis. Anterior blepharitis is the name of an inflammation that affects the outside part of the eyelid around the base of the eyelashes. Bacteria, mites and viruses can all cause anterior blepharitis. Three kinds of anterior blepharitis are staphylococcal blepharitis, demodex blepharitis and seborrheic blepharitis.

     ° Staphylococcal blepharitis:
This inflammation is caused by the bacteria Staphylococcal growing along the eyelash line.

     ° Demodex blepharitis:
Mites and their waste can clog the roots of the hair follicles of the eyelashes. Everyone has tiny mites that live in their eyelashes, but only some people experience an infection. Researchers speculate that an unusual immune response or allergies might cause some people to be affected by demodex blepharitis and not others. A different kind of demodex mite can cause posterior blepharitis when the mites enter the oil glands of the eye.

     ° Seborrheic blepharitis:
This type of blepharitis is caused by seborrheic dermatitis - a skin condition characterized by flaking and scaling of the skin.

» Posterior Blepharitis
There are also a few different kinds of posterior blepharitis. Posterior blepharitis refers to blepharitis of the eyelid at the point where it comes into contact with the eyeball.

     ° Meibomian blepharitis:
Oil glands in the eye are called the meibomian glands. These glands sit behind the eyelashes and are responsible for giving the skin around the eyes a healthy amount of lubrication. Meibomian blepharitis occurs when these glands function improperly.

     ° Rosacea blepharitis:
Rosacea is associated with dysfunction of the meibomian glands as well, resulting in inflammation of the eyelid.

A diagnosis of blepharitis can be made during a complete eye exam. Observation of the condition of the eyelid and eyelash line should be enough to make a diagnosis.

Patients who wear contacts may have to temporarily discontinue their use of the lenses until the inflammation goes away. If a patient used any eye makeup products while they were experiencing blepharitis, the products should be thrown away in case they were contaminated.

Warm compresses can help with the symptoms of blepharitis. Soaking a washcloth in warm water and leaving it across the eyelids for five minutes can loosen any crustiness that builds up at the base of the eyelashes and loosen any debris clogging the oil glands. You can gently massage the eyelids as well. Always be very careful when touching your eyes and be sure not to put too much pressure on your eyeball.

Blepharitis can re-occur in patients over their lifetime.

Please contact us today to discuss the appropriate lid scrub products required to successfully manage your personalized lid hygiene.

Strict eye hygiene helps prevent blepharitis. Using clean towels and making sure your hands are clean before touching your eyes and eye area are important steps in prevention. If you wear makeup, it is important to thoroughly remove any traces of it before going to bed.

In cases of posterior blepharitis where the oil glands are not producing enough oil, nutritional supplements of Omega-3 fatty acids may be recommended by your doctor. Discuss with your doctor about the best omega 3 supplements to take for your condition.

When to see an eye care professional
If you experience any of the common blepharitis symptoms, it is time to make an appointment with your eye care professional. Blepharitis can cause itching in the eye, redness, crustiness at the base of the lash line and general irritation. You may also feel a foreign body sensation in the eye. This can feel like a piece of sand in the eye or grittiness on the eyeball that doesn’t go away. In some cases of blepharitis, the eyes may become more sensitive to light.

Always see a medical professional immediately if you have any sudden changes in vision. This includes darkening around the edges of your vision, dark spots in front of your eyes, halos around bright lights, a loss of vision in one part of your field of sight or any other noticeable change.
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