If you often have red, itchy eyelids or crusty eyelashes when you wake up in the morning, it could be a condition known as blepharitis. At South Bronx Eyes: David Alevi, MD, in Concourse Village in the Bronx, Dr. Alevi, a highly trained ophthalmologist, expertly diagnoses and treats blepharitis so you can get long-lasting relief from eye discomfort and related conditions. Left untreated, blepharitis can lead to other eye complications, so it’s best to seek treatment before the condition worsens or becomes chronic. Schedule an eye exam online or call the New York City office to book an appointment today.
Blepharitis is a common eye condition that causes bacteria and oily flakes to accumulate at the base of your eyelashes. It makes your eyelids become red and swollen and feels like a burning sensation. Blepharitis typically causes inflammation on both your upper and lower eyelids.
While the exact cause isn’t clear, blepharitis occurs when the tiny oil glands at the base of your eyelashes become clogged. Some diseases and conditions that could lead to blepharitis include:
Blepharitis also causes other eye problems, including difficulty wearing contacts, cornea injuries, and eyes that tear excessively or are extremely dry.
Blepharitis can also cause a painful stye to form on the outer surface of your eyelid, or chronic pink eye in which the conjunctiva in your eye becomes irritated or infected.
The constant irritation of blepharitis, including inflamed eyelids or eyelashes that rub your eye the wrong way, can cause a sore to develop on your cornea.
Additionally, if your eye doesn’t produce enough tears, you may be more susceptible to a corneal infection. The irritation of rubbing your eyes may also lead to corneal injury.
Home remedies such as applying warm compresses to your eyes several times a day to loosen the flakes that accumulate around your eyelashes may help.
Warm compresses may also help unclog your oil glands. You can also wash your eyelids carefully each day to keep your eyes as clean as possible.
When home remedies don’t relieve symptoms or the condition becomes chronic, Dr. Alevi may prescribe artificial tears or steroid eye drops to reduce swelling and redness and relieve dry eye symptoms.
Antibiotic ointments that you apply directly to your eyelids may also be effective for reducing symptoms. If an underlying condition such as rosacea is contributing to blepharitis symptoms, Dr. Alevi may recommend treatment for that condition as well.
If you have dry, itchy, flaky eyelids, it could be blepharitis. Call the office to schedule an eye exam or request the next available appointment online to get the expert eye care you need.