Blepharitis is a condition that affects the eyelids resulting in inflammation. It typically affects both eyes and the edges of the eyelid. Since it is a chronic condition, blepharitis can be difficult to treat. If left unaddressed, blepharitis can do permanent damage to your vision. If you suspect you are suffering from blepharitis in Bloomfield Hills, MI, contact Barry P. August O.D, P.C. today.
Causes & Symptoms
There is no clear cause of blepharitis. However, it is associated with the following conditions:
- Malfunctioning or clogged oil glands
- Seborrheic dermatitis
- Dry eyes
- Eyelash lice or mice
Symptoms of blepharitis include:
- Red eyes
- Watery eyes
- Stinging, burning, or gritty sensation in the eyes
- Frequent blinking
- Swollen, red eyes
- Sensitivity to light
- Blurred vision
- Crusted eyelashes
- Flaking of skin around the eyes
Symptoms are typically at their worst in the morning, but blepharitis will cause you discomfort and limit your vision all day.
Diagnosis & Treatment
Our optometrist uses several methods for diagnosing blepharitis including:
- Examining your eyes: A special instrument that resembles a magnifying glass will be used to take a closer look at your eyes and eyelids.
- Swabbing skin: In some cases, a swab will be used to collect a sample of the crust or oil on your eyelid. This sample will be analyzed for fungi, bacteria, or allergies.
Treatment foremost includes your self-care at home such as using warm compresses and washing your eyes frequently. Sometimes this is all that is needed to relieve blepharitis. However, our doctor may prescribe you treatment if self-care measures are not working. Our doctor may prescribe you medications to fight infection, control inflammation, and treat any underlying conditions.
Complications that may result from blepharitis include:
- Problems with your eyelashes: Blepharitis may cause your eyelashes to fall out or grow abnormally.
- Eyelid skin issues: Scarring may develop on your eyelids if blepharitis persists for long enough. The edges of the eyelids may also turn outward or inward.
- Dry eyes or excess tearing: Flaking that comes from dandruff or oily secretions may accumulate in your tear film.
- Sty: This is an infection that takes place at the base of the eyelashes. Styes, which are painful lumps that appear on the edge of the eyelid, may occur.
- Chronic pink eye: Recurrent episodes of pink eye may result from blepharitis.
Contact Our Chiropractor in Bloomfield Hills, MI for Blepharitis Treatment
If you are looking for an “eye doctor near me” in Bloomfield Hills, MI area for blepharitis treatment, contact Barry P. August O.D, P.C. today at (248) 858-2535.