Treatment for Blepharitis
Dr. Sonny Goel, MD, has extensive experience treating blepharitis at his Baltimore, MD-area practice. Blepharitis is a condition in which the eyelids become inflamed due to clogged oil glands, eye infections, or other skin problems. Though blepharitis will not affect your vision, it can be very uncomfortable and cause feelings of self-consciousness. Fortunately, Dr. Goel can provide appropriate care to alleviate swelling and itching, in addition to guidance on reducing the risk of future flare-ups.
What Is Blepharitis?
There are two types of blepharitis: anterior and posterior blepharitis. Anterior blepharitis will affect the outside of your eyelid near your lash line, and posterior blepharitis will affect the inside of your eyelid. Often, anterior and posterior blepharitis will occur simultaneously. Though not typically serious, it can increase your risk for a stye, chalazion, and recurring pink eye. It can also leave scars and cause your eyelashes to come out. In severe cases, your irritated eyelid could cause an ulcer to develop on your cornea.
Frequently, anterior blepharitis will occur because of a problem with the Meibomian glands, which produce an oily substance that helps prevent the excessive evaporation of tears. If the glands are not functioning properly, they may not produce enough oil, or the oil could have an irregular makeup.
What Are the Symptoms of Blepharitis?
Because there are different types of blepharitis, the condition can manifest itself differently. Common symptoms include:
Red or inflamed eyelids
Crusting on the eyelids, especially when you wake up in the morning
Eyelashes falling out
Itching or burning sensation around the eyes
If these symptoms last more than a week despite regular hygiene, you should schedule an appointment with Dr. Goel.
Treatments for Blepharitis
In many cases, blepharitis may clear up with good self-care at home. Warm compresses can help to clear out blocked oil ducts and loosen the crusty buildup along your lash line. You may also want to massage your eyelids and use special lid cleaners. If these home remedies do not help, Dr. Goel can provide treatment for more severe cases. Treatments may include:
Steroid eye drops
Topical or oral antibiotics
Treatments for underlying conditions, such as acne rosacea (partnering with your dermatologist or other specialist)
Blepharitis is a chronic condition, and patients often experience recurrent bouts of inflammation. To reduce these risks, it is important to maintain good eye hygiene. You may need to use specialized eye creams and washes daily. Dr. Goel will discuss your ongoing care and help you find the treatments that will be most effective.
Contact Dr. Goel Today
If you are suffering from the symptoms of blepharitis, contact our office today to book an appointment. Dr. Goel will perform a thorough assessment to determine the best treatment for you.