Patients with blepharitis experience inflamed eyelids and itchy, dandruff-like scales on the eyelashes. The condition is more common among people with dry skin, acne, diabetes or poor hygiene.
This eye condition can affect people of all ages. In this post, your local vision therapy provider, Park Slope Eye, discusses blepharitis and its causes.
Blepharitis is a common eye disease that can be caused by bacterial infection or skin conditions like scalp dandruff or rosacea. It’s not contagious and has no impact on the patient’s vision. Common symptoms include a burning sensation in the eyes, excessive tearing, itching, red and swollen eyelids, dry eyes and crusty eyelids.
There are two types of blepharitis: anterior and posterior. Anterior blepharitis persists at the outer front edge of the eyelids where the eyelashes are, while posterior blepharitis occurs in the inner edge of the eyelid that’s connected to the eye.
Good hygiene can usually keep blepharitis at bay. This includes practices such as frequent scalp and face washing, using a warm compress on the eyelids and scrubbing the eyelids. You may be prescribed with an antibiotic if your case is caused by a bacterial infection. It’s also advisable to stop wearing contact lenses while undergoing treatment.
Anterior Blepharitis is usually caused by bacteria (staphylococcal blepharitis) or scalp and eyebrow dandruff (seborrheic blepharitis). Excessive amounts of bacteria in the eyelids can cause infection. In some cases, blepharitis can develop due to allergies or a mite infestation.
Posterior Blepharitis is caused by the irregular production of oil in the eyelids (meibomian blepharitis). The dry surface becomes a good breeding place for bacteria. It may be a result of skin conditions like rosacea or dandruff of the scalp.
Reduce your risk of developing blepharitis by maintaining good eye health and hygiene. Routinely visit your local eye doctor, Park Slope Eye, for eye exams. Schedule an appointment online to learn more about our services. We assist patients in Brooklyn, NY.