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The term "blepharitis" is an eye condition that results in the inflammation and infection of the eyelids, eyelid margins, eye lashes, and what are known as the meibomian glands. It is a rather common condition than can occur when small particles of exfoliated skin, eye secretions and bacteria cause inflammation of the eyelids.

The good news is that Blepharitis does not tend to cause permanent problems with your vision. The condition may affect the eyes’ ability to produce a quality tear film resulting in the patient experiencing intermittent and variable blurred vision.

Typical signs and symptoms of Blepharitis might include: redness of the eyelids, flaking of the skin around your eyelids, red eyes and even a crusting of the eyelid margins which is most notable when first waking up. Your eyes may feel itchy or have a burning sensation. Blepharitis might also make your eyes feel like you have a foreign object in your eye or be very sensitive to light.

Because eye allergies can also contribute to blepharitis, these conditions can be difficult to diagnose and treat. There are several ways to treat Blepharitis:

  • Cleaning your eyelids with a warm washcloth can help control signs and symptoms and may be the only treatment necessary for most cases of blepharitis.
  • Depending on the severity of the condition, a doctor may prescribe antibiotic eye drops, ointment or pills which can be helpful in controlling blepharitis caused by a bacterial infection.
  • Steroid eye drops or ointments containing steroids can help control inflammation in your eyes and your eyelids.
  • Lubricating eye drops or artificial tears, which are available over-the-counter, may help relieve dry eyes.
  • Severe Blepharitis caused by seborrheic dermatitis, rosacea or other diseases may be controlled by treating the underlying disease.

To learn more or schedule an appointment, please call Coastal Eye Care in Maine at 207-667-6300.

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