Blepharitis

Blepharitis is a common inflammation of the eyelid caused by a chronic bacterial infection of the skin at the base of the eyelashes and lash glands. We all normally have bacteria on our skin and lids, but an excessive collection on the lids can cause blepharitis. The main symptoms you may have with blepharitis are irritation, burning, and itching of the eyelid margins. Scales or 'granulations' can often be seen on the eyelashes, especially around the bases of the lashes. Styes or lumps on the eyelid are common and the eyelids may be sticky and crust together in the morning. Sometimes the eyes become 'red-rimmed' from blepharitis. Vision is usually not affected.

While blepharitis is usually hard to ever completely cure, with regular, diligent care, your blepharitis can be very well controlled. Our doctors may use a regimen of lid scrubs and warm soaks to clean the lids, as well as antibiotic ointment to decrease the bacteria. In severe cases an oral antibiotic may be needed to clear the bacteria from the eyelids and glands.

IPL Treatments for Blepharitis

New studies have shown that intense pulse light treatment can improve the disease and symptoms of blepharitis. If you suffer from blepharitis, and relief of your symptoms have not been obtained through use of artificial tears, lid hygiene, warm soaks, or antibiotic ointment, ask one of our doctors about our new IPL treatment.  This procedure is not covered by your insurance.

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