Blepharitis and eye pain:
Blepharitis is the medical term for inflammation of the eyelids. The condition can occur as a result of a bacterial infection or a skin condition, or the presence of demodex.
The symptoms of blepharitis include:
- red, swollen, itchy eyelids
- scaly or flaky skin on the eyelids
- crusting of the eyelids
- a gritty or burning sensation in the eyes
- excessive tear production
- dry eyes
Severe symptoms may include:
- blurred vision
- losing eyelashes
- inflammation of the cornea
The treatment for blepharitis involves keeping the eyelids clean and free of crusts. This may involves applying warm compresses to the eyes and gently cleansing the eyelids using a baby shampoo or an OTC eye cleansing product.
Some people need to use eye drops or eyelid washes. If the blepharitis is due to a bacterial infection, we may prescribe antibiotics to help clear up the infection. However most cases of blepharitis are caused by demodex and are simple to clear up under the supervision of a MECS Optometrist.