The eyes are sensitive parts of the body. They can be prone to infections if the proper precautions are not taken. Blepharitis tends to be a chronic condition caused by bacteria that can lead to irritation and discomfort. Fortunately, blepharitis rarely leads to permanent vision loss. If you are experiencing the symptoms of blepharitis, Dr. Nakhlis at Eye See in Lincolnshire can help.
Eyes are seldom at their prettiest in the morning, given that they have been closed for several hours. However, you should not wake up every morning with:
- Red or watery eyes
- Burning or stinging sensations from opening your eyes
- Greasy, red, itchy, sticky, and/or swollen eyelids
- Crusted eyelashes
- Blurry vision
Do Not Ignore the Symptoms
Although they are not immediately harmful, ignoring these symptoms for an extended period can lead to permanent issues of the eye. These issues include:
- Growths on the eyelid or other skin problems such as inflammation
- Excess or a lack of tear production
- Loss of eyelashes
- Increased susceptibility to pinkeye
- Injury to the cornea
The exact cause of this condition has not been determined, but it is often associated with:
- Clogged oil glands of the eyelid
- Mites or lice
- Dry eyes
For most cases of blepharitis, a focus on facial hygiene is usually the best remedy. Ensuring that your eyes are properly washed and applying a warm compress can kill the bacteria that lead to blepharitis.
When to See the Eye Doctor
If you notice these symptoms, begin monitoring your face-washing practices. If regular cleaning and care of the affected area do not reduce the symptoms, it is time to call our eye doctor.
What Can the Eye Doctor Do?
There are several types of blepharitis treatments available. Since the condition is bacterial, a common first treatment is antibiotics and other medications to fight the infection. Anti-inflammatory medications can also be used. There are even handheld devices, such as BlephEx, that can be used to remove the dirt and debris around the eyelids. This is particularly useful for patients that have trouble using their fingers to thoroughly clean the creases in the eyes.
Find Blepharitis Relief in Lincolnshire, IL
Blepharitis, on its own, can be easy to treat. When it is left alone, it can spiral into much larger issues than just sticky eyelids. If you live in or around Lincolnshire and are dealing with Blepharitis, call Eye See today at (847) 243-3330 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Nakhlis.