Blepharitis FAQs

Blepharitis is inflammation of your eyelids. It will typically affect both eyes. Blepharitis usually happens when the tiny oil glands near the base of your eyelashes become clogged. Having blepharitis often requires needing a checkup with an optometrist. If you live in or around Kansas City and are dealing with blepharitis, contact Dr. Littlefield at Littlefield Optometry, LLC to schedule an appointment. Let’s look at some of the questions that we run into regarding blepharitis.

What Are Symptoms of Blepharitis?

The symptoms are usually worse in the morning. Symptoms include red eyes, watery eyes, eyelids that look greasy, itchy eyelids, eyelids sticking, and sensitivity to light. You may also experience blurred vision that gets better with blinking, crusted eyelashes, flaking skin around the eyes, and swollen red eyelids.

When Should You See a Doctor with Blepharitis?

If you have symptoms and signs of blepharitis that don’t seem to improve with regular care and cleaning of the area then you should see an eye doctor.

What Are Causes of Blepharitis?

The exact cause isn’t always clear. In some cases, it can spread to other people. Some causes include rosacea, clogged oil glands in the eyelids, infections, seborrheic dermatitis, eyelash mites, dry eyes, or allergies.

What Are Complications of Blepharitis?

There can be other issues that develop with blepharitis. You can have eyelid and skin problems, eyelash problems, dry eyes, excess tearing, a stye, chronic pink eye, injuries to the cornea, or chalazion. A chalazion happens when there is a blockage in one of the oil glands near the eyelid and eyelashes. The blockage can make the eyelid redden and swollen.

How Is Blepharitis Diagnosed?

Blepharitis can be diagnosed with an examination of the eyes and swabbing the skin for testing. The doctor may swab to collect a sample of the crust or oil that forms to test for fungi, an allergy, or bacteria.

What Is the Treatment for Blepharitis?

Many cases of blepharitis can be treated with self-care measures, such as washing the eyes. If these measures aren’t enough then your eye doctor can suggest medications, such as antibiotics or steroids to control the inflammation. If your blepharitis is caused by an underlying condition such as rosacea, treatment may include treating this underlying condition. Even though treatment can help, the condition won’t usually disappear completely and will require daily attention to the area.

Visit Our Optometrist in Kansas City, MO

Contact Littlefield Optometry, LLC if you are looking for treatment for your blepharitis. We will answer any questions that you may have and create a treatment plan to relieve your symptoms. Call Dr. Littlefield today at 816-888-5400 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.

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