Blepharitis, otherwise known as inflammation of the eyes, is a common eye condition that usually affects both eyes at the same time. Anterior blepharitis is generally characterised by symptoms such as red and itchy eyes, or swollen and crusty eyelids, however you may also experience some light sensitivity and blurred vision. Other blepharitis symptoms include watery or stinging eyes, frequent blinking, flaky skin around the eyes, and eyelids sticking together.
Although blepharitis can be uncomfortable, the condition is not contagious and usually does not cause any permanent damage to your vision. However, blepharitis is often a chronic condition that is difficult to treat and may recur. For this reason, it is important to not only treat the condition properly, but also find ways to prevent it.
What Causes Blepharitis?
Blepharitis can be caused by several different diseases and conditions. The most common blepharitis cause is bacterial infection as a result of an excess of bacteria at the base of the eyelashes. While it is normal to have bacteria on your skin, occasionally this bacteria can cause problems that lead to the clogging of the oil glands near the base of your eyelashes. Sometimes, everyday eye concerns can cause blepharitis, including allergens, eye makeup, eye medications, and eyelash mites. For these reasons, it is important to implement a regular eye care routine and maintain proper hygiene.
How to Treat Blepharitis
The best blepharitis treatment is to simply ensure your eyelids are clean and free of flaky skin and crusts. You can use water and a gentle cleanser, such as a foam, liquid or wipe, to clean your eyelids each day. Your optometrist can demonstrate the best way to clean your eyelids and can also offer other simple treatments, including a warm compress.
In some circumstances, additional eye medications are required to effectively treat blepharitis. If this is necessary, your optometrist can advise your next steps and help resolve the condition. However, the first step towards healing your blepharitis is often working to manage any other health problems that may be causing the condition.
Book an Eye Exam Today
If you are experiencing symptoms of blepharitis such as itchy eyes or crusty eyelids, you should book an eye examination with your optometrist. The team at Bayside Eyecare are trained in the latest optometry diagnostic tools and equipment, and are able to differentiate between various eye conditions in order to properly diagnose you.
We can also offer treatment and advice to help prevent your blepharitis from recurring or developing in the first place. To book an appointment, fill out our online contact form or call (03) 9909 5329 to chat with one of our friendly professionals today.