Blepharitis

Blepharitis Treatment in Raleigh

Blepharitis is a very common condition of chronic (long-term) congested oil glands in the margins of the eyelids, where the eye meets the lids. It is most commonly associated with changes in our body hormones seen in middle age, and is often called “Middle Age Acne.” It is found in the majority of people with Rosacea, but most people with blepharitis do not have Rosacea. Insufficiently treated, blepharitis can lead to dry eyes, styes, chalazion, and eye infections, with redness, itching, crusting (especially in the morning), burning, sharp pains in the eye(s), reflex tearing, fluctuations in vision, and “tired eyes.”

Eyelid Margin Disease Including Blepharitis

With blepharitis, the eyelids become coated with oily particles and bacteria near the base of the eyelashes.

What is eyelid margin disease?

Eyelid margin disease is a common and persistent inflammation of the eyelids. Symptoms include:

  • eye and eyelid irritation;
  • itchiness of the eye;
  • redness of the eye;
  • burning sensation.

This condition frequently occurs in people who have a tendency toward oily skin, dandruff or dry eyes. With blepharitis, both the upper and lower eyelids become coated with oily particles and bacteria near the base of the eyelashes. It may cause irritation, itchiness, redness, and stinging or burning of the eye.

What causes blepharitis?

Everyone has bacteria on the surface of their skin, but in some people, bacteria thrive in the skin at the base of the eyelashes. Large amounts of bacteria around the eyelashes can cause dandruff-like scales and particles to form along the lashes and eyelid margins.

If you have further questions simply schedule an appointment for you eyelids to be evaluated.