What Is Blepharitis?
If you suffer from persistent Chalazion or Styes, it may signal an underlying condition such as Blepharitis.
Blepharitis is a skin condition in which the eyelids become red and swollen.
Blepharitis can’t be completely cured but can be easily controlled.
Associated skin conditions include Acne Rosacea, Eczema and Psoriasis.
What Does Blepharitis Look Like?
Blepharitis is inflammation of the eyelids, it makes the eyelids appear red and irritated. Glands at the eyelids may be blocked which causes persistent Styes and/or Chalazions. Crusts around the eyelids may be confused with conjunctivitis and will appear worse when waking up in the morning. The white of the eye may also be slightly red and inflamed.
What Causes It?
Blepharitis is usually caused by a bacterial infection e.g Staphylococcus.
How Do I Avoid it?
Eyelid Hygiene is very important when trying to avoid the condition, this includes keeping dirt away from your eyelids, you can do this by keeping your face and hands clean. Eye baths are also a good way of keeping your eyes clean and are easily purchased at your local pharmacy or you can resort to a home remedy which involves putting a small amount of baby shampoo in a bowl and mixing with warm water and wiping the eye with a cotton ball.
It is important to keep your eyelids clean by cleaning any crust away with a cotton ball dipped in warm water. Antibiotic ointment or cream may be used to kill any underlying viruses in the eyelid, for example staphylococci which could be aggravating the condition. Artificial tears will help as there may be debris on the eye. These can be found in most opticians to buy and also at many chemists. In some extreme cases oral antibiotics may be prescribed.
Have any concerns?
If you are concerned that you may have an infection such as a Blepharitis book an appointment with us online