Symptomatic Blepharitis

Symptomatic Blepharitis

Blepharitis is an eye condition that causes inflammation, itching, and scaling of the eyelids. Though the exact cause is unknown, certain bacteria, environmental factors, diseases, poor eyelid hygiene, allergies play a role in its development. Symptoms of blepharitis can range from simple irritation to severe tear deficiency. When it is symptomatic, it is referred to as symptomatic blepharitis.

Signs and Symptoms of Symptomatic Blepharitis

  • Itching and burning of the eyelids
  • Red eyes
  • Painful eyes
  • A sensation of having something in the eyes
  • Excess tears
  • Crusty or greasy lashes
  • Swollen eyelids
  • Sensitivity to light

Risk Factors of Symptomatic Blepharitis

The following may increase your chances of developing symptomatic blepharitis:

  • Eyelash mites
  • Allergies
  • Certain medical conditions such as acne rosacea, diabetes, or thyroid disease
  • Certain medications that weaken the eyes’ ability to fight infection
  • Poor eyelid hygiene
  • Age
  • A history of blepharitis in the family

Treating Symptomatic Blepharitis

Treatment for symptomatic blepharitis depends on the underlying cause. It may include:

  • Medicated eye drops or ointment to reduce inflammation
  • Prescription antibiotics to kill the bacteria
  • Using warm compresses to keep the eyelids clean and encourage drainage
  • Avoiding the use of makeup
  • Treating allergies with oral medications or eye drops
  • Treating underlying medical conditions such as diabetes or thyroid disease

It is important to see your doctor if you are experiencing any of the signs or symptoms of blepharitis, as it can lead to further complications, such as eye infections or scarring of the eyelids.