Blepharitis is a common, inflammation along the edges of the eyelids. Bacteria normally reside on the skin, but in some people they thrive in the skin at the base of the eyelashes where nearby oil glands become overactive causing your eyelids to appear greasy and crusted with dandruff -like scales that cling to your eyelashes.
Symptoms of blepharitis include:
- Eyelids that appear greasy
- Itchy eyelids
- Flaky skin around the eyes
- Eyelashes crusty upon waking up
- Red, swollen eyelids
- Red eyes
- A gritty, burning or stinging sensation in your eyes
- Eyelashes that grow abnormally
Blepharitis frequently occurs in people who have a tendency towards oily skin, dandruff or dry eyes and may also be associated with:
- Allergies including allergic reactions to eye medications, contact lens solutions or eye makeup.
- Seborrheic dermatitis- dandruff of the scalp and eyebrows
- A bacterial infection
- Rosacea-a skin condition causing facial redness
- Eyelash mites
If left untreated blepharitis may cause:
- Dry eyes-Abnormal oil secretions and debris shed from your eyelids can accumulate in your tear film interfering with healthy eye lubrication.
- Your eyelashes to grow abnormally or fall out.
- The edges of your eyelids to turn inward or outward.
- Difficulty wearing contact lenses due to poor tear film.
- A sty or a chalazion
- Chronic conjunctivitis (pink eye)
Blepharitis can typically be controlled with daily hygiene practices, which Dr. Greenberg can review with you. In some cases medications are necessary to decrease the bacteria and inflammation. If you are experiencing any symptoms of blepharitis please call and make an appointment with Dr. Greenberg.