Got red swollen eyelids and crusty eyelashes? There’s a name for that. Blepharitis may sound like a big, scary word, but it’s a pretty harmless condition. In fact, 37-47% of eyecare patients have some degree of eyelid inflammation. The worst of this condition is the mild discomfort – and it doesn’t make for a sightly selfie. So, how can you avoid it? Is it contagious? How can you treat it? All of your burning (too soon?) questions, answered here!
Is it Blepharitis or another form of irritation?
Always consult a doctor for an accurate diagnosis. Common symptoms of Blepharitis may include:
- Red, swollen eyelids
- Watery eyes
- Crusty material at the base of the eyelashes
- Red, burning, or stinging eyes
- Light sensitivity
- Itchy eyes and eyelids
- Blurry vision that’s improved by frequent blinking
- The sensation of something in your eye
What is the treatment for Blepharitis?
There are a few treatment options you can explore with your doctor.
Don’t get it twisted; these scrubs are not as glamorous as your typical favorite exfoliant, but they’re just as essential.
Medicated Eye Drops/Ointments
Easy peasy, medicine squeezy. These topical treatments can be utilized to destroy bacteria and other microbes on the eyelids.
Is Blepharitis Contagious?
The condition is not contagious, but that doesn’t mean it should go untreated. If you’re experiencing Blepharitis, you should seek help from a medical professional to ensure you receive proper treatment.
Can I Prevent Blepharitis?
It’s not 100% preventable, but there are simple steps you can take to give yourself the best chance of not developing the chronic condition, or lessening its impacts if you already have it.
- Most people neglect their eyelids and don’t think about washing them daily. To clean your eyelids, lightly press a very warm washcloth over your eyelids for a few minutes, then gently rub the edges of your eyelids before opening your eyes
- Consider an omega-3 supplement to keep your meibomian glands healthy
- Opt for glasses rather than contacts when experiencing a flare-up
- Limit eye makeup when experiencing a flare-up
Give us a call and schedule your check-up!