Blepharitis is a condition that may be very uncomfortable. The eyelids become irritated and red. Soreness is accompanied by crusty debris gathered at the base of eyelashes. It’s not appealing to see and causes discomfort in the patient.
Why do I have blepharitis?
Every human being has bacteria living on their skin. Some individuals have a higher quantity of bacteria that live along the eyelashes and produce dandruff-like flakes. Others have issues with oil glands on the eyelids that may become clogged. Blepharitis can also be caused by other diseases or health conditions. It’s often chronic and can be a challenge to treat. The good news is that it is not contagious and does not cause any permanent damage to the eyesight.
How do I cure blepharitis?
While treatments for blepharitis are available, they may not be a permanent solution. It’s not uncommon for the condition to return. Most cases are treated with self-care methods like applying warm compresses and washing eyes. Some ophthalmologists may recommend additional treatment, including:
Antibiotics that are applied directly to the eyelid can reduce bacterial infection. These are usually available as creams, ointments, or eye drops. An oral antibiotic may be prescribed if the topical treatment does not work.
- Inflammation medication
Steroid ointment or eye drops may be used to reduce inflammation. This treatment may be used along with antibiotics to manage symptoms while getting rid of the problem.
- Immune system medication
Topical cyclosporine, a calcineurin inhibitor, has proven to provide some relief in patients with blepharitis.
Diseases like rosacea and seborrheic dermatitis can also cause blepharitis. Your doctor may look for additional treatments for any underlying conditions to help stop the problem. Contact Ophthalmic Specialists of Michigan today to schedule an appointment!
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