When the eyes are healthy, it can be easy to forget that they require regular, routine care and monitoring, just like the rest of the body. Fortunately, most people are quick to get the professional health care they need when the eyes require care for infections or other problems. At EyeCare 20/20, our experienced team of eye doctors offers a comprehensive range of eye care services, from routine eye exams to treatment for eye complications, such as blepharitis, a common condition that can irritate and inflame the eyelids. To ensure that blepharitis treatment is effective for our Mandeville, LA patients, our eye doctors will work closely with each patient to determine the most likely cause of the condition. Then, we can create a personalized treatment plan that is most likely to provide successful treatment results.
What Is Blepharitis?
Blepharitis is an inflammation of the eyelids that often results in a number of uncomfortable side effects for patients. This condition can either affect the outside of the eyelid (where the eyelids are attached), or the inside of the eyelid. Some of the most common symptoms of blepharitis include the following:
- Redness and swelling around the eyelid
- An itching or burning sensation
- Dry eyes
- Excessive tearing
- General irritation, or the feeling that something is in the eye
- Formation of crust around the eye
- Flaking around the eyes
- Loss of eyelashes
Blepharitis may be linked to a bacterial infection, or it may be associated with other causes, such as dysfunction of the Meibomian glands (those responsible for secreting the oils that help lubricate the eyes), allergies, dry eye, or even the use of certain medications.
Because there are several factors that can lead to blepharitis, there are also several different treatment options. Our eye doctors work closely with patients to gain a thorough understanding of each case of blepharitis, so that the most appropriate treatment plan can be administered. Although the specifics of each treatment will vary, a key aspect of treating any case of blepharitis is creating an ongoing eyelid hygiene plan (which should include the use of a commercial lid scrub or other recommended cleansing products). In many cases, blepharitis is a persistent condition, which is why it is especially important to keep the eyelids clean. In addition to regularly cleansing the eyelids, blepharitis treatment is also likely to include some combination of the following supplemental treatments:
- The use of eye drops
- The use of topical or oral antibiotic medication
- The use of supplemental nutrients (such as omega-3 fatty acids or flaxseed oil) to promote the healthy function of the Meibomian glands
Schedule an Appointment
Blepharitis is harmful to the eyes and causes a general discomfort that can interfere with a patient’s quality of life. Blepharitis treatment can reduce swelling, eliminate the uncomfortable side effects of this condition, and restore full function and comfort to the affected eye. To learn more about the treatment options for blepharitis, or to find out more about the comprehensive range of eye care services offered at EyeCare 20/20, schedule an appointment with one of our experienced eye doctors at your earliest convenience.