Eyelids - Blepharitis
is an infection of the eyelids. It is very common, and it is a
permanent condition. Once it is present, it will always be present, but
the severity may change over time. In some cases, the symptoms can
disappear for long time periods, months or years, before returning.
There are two main causes of blepharitis: staphylococcus bacteria
and seborrhea. Blepharitis caused by staphylococcus bacteria often
begins in childhood. Common symptoms include collar scales on the
lashes, crusting, and chronic redness at the lid margin. Dilated blood
vessels, loss of lashes, sties, and chalazia also occur. Treatment is
very important. In addition to eliminating the redness and soreness,
treatment can prevent potential infection and scarring of the cornea
Blepharitis can also result from seborrhea. Seborrhea can cause greasy,
waxy scales to accumulate along the eyelid margins. Seborrhea may be a
part of an overall skin disorder that affects other areas as well.
Hormones, nutrition, general physical condition, and stress are factors
daily cleansing of the eyelashes with warm water and mild shampoo (such
as baby shampoo) can help control blepharitis. Once the redness and
soreness are under control, cleaning may be decreased from daily to
twice weekly. However, if the symptoms return, daily cleansing must be
In some cases, we may
prescribe eye drops or ointment to be used along with daily cleansing.
However, medication alone is insufficient; keeping the eyelids clean is
essential. Warm, moist compresses can also help relieve the symptoms of
blepharitis when used in conjunction with regular eyelid cleansing.
doctors at Bonner Eye Clinic can help you to determine whether you have
blepharitis and which type you have. We can also prescribe an
appropriate medication if you need one. Please contact us today to schedule an appointment!