Blepharitis FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions about Blepharitis from Our Eye Doctor in Mt. Pleasant

Here at the office of H. Arnold Papernick OD, we see numerous cases of an annoying, frustrating problem known as blepharitis. If you suffer from chronic eye/eyelid discomfort and irritation, you owe it to yourself to learn more about blepharitis. Check out this blepharitis FAQ list from our eye doctor in Mt. Pleasant.

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What Is Blepharitis?

Blepharitis is a chronic inflammatory disorder that affects the upper and lower eyelids, sometimes involving the visible areas of the eyeballs as well. This common condition is believed to affect somewhere between 37 percent and 47 percent of the population. you can develop blepharitis along the exterior of the eyelids (anterior blepharitis) or along the eyelids' inner lining (posterior blepharitis).

What Are the Symptoms of Blepharitis?

People with blepharitis typically have dandruff-like flakes or bits of crust that settle along their eyelid margins and eyelashes. the eyelids themselves may appear red and swollen. Eyes affected by blepharitis may turn red and bloodshot. Other symptoms can include itchy eyes, blurry vision, light sensitivity, and loss of eyelashes.

Why Does Blepharitis Occur?

Eyelash mites commonly inhabit the eyelashes, sometimes causing bouts of blepharitis in sensitive individuals. Bacterial or fungal infections can also cause blepharitis. Chronic dry eye related to meibomian gland dysfunction (insufficient eyelid oil production) can create blepharitis symptoms. If you are prone to dandruff (seborrheic dermatitis), the resulting skin flakes can produce blepharitis.

How Does Your Optometrist Diagnose and Prescribe Treatment for Blepharitis?

Our optometrist can diagnose a case of blepharitis through a simple inspection of the eyes and eyelids. At the same time, we will work to discover the particular underlying causes of your blepharitis so we can suggest the appropriate treatment. For example, if dry eye contributes to your blepharitis, we can prescribe treatment measures to get that underlying issue under control. We can also remove any irritating bacteria, fungi, and mites that are currently inflaming your eyelids.

How Does Home Eyelid Care Help to Control Blepharitis?

Treatment of blepharitis focuses on managing the condition and optimizing your comfort while also protecting your corneas and other eye structures from potential complications, such as secondary infections. Our optometrist may prescribe a home eye care routine that includes warm compresses, eyelid scrubs, baby shampoo, or changes in your cosmetic habits that can keep your eyelids clean and comfortable.

Get All Your Blepharitis Answers from H. Arnold Papernick, OD

H. Arnold Papernick, OD can answer all your blepharitis questions and help you find the most effective treatment options for those irritating symptoms. Call our eye doctor in Mt. Pleasant at (724) 547-5711!