Do you have blepharitis? This common condition of bacterial overgrowth causes many people to experience "glue eye," making it hard to open your eyes the first thing in the morning, as well as sticky, stinging, itchy eyes. At Eye See, we have years of experience helping residents of Des Plaines, IL, and Lincolnshire, IL finds relief from blepharitis.
Dry Eyes and Blepharitis
Many people who have a problem with dry eyes also develop blepharitis. An individual with dry eye syndrome may not produce enough cleansing tears to keep bacteria from creating a biofilm behind and on the margins of the eyelid and at the tear ducts. As the bacteria builds up, the immune system will attempt to remove it with mucus and inflammatory chemicals.
Consequences of Untreated Blepharitis
If you don't do anything about blepharitis, you can develop astigmatism. Untreated blepharitis can also lead to scarring on the surface of the cornea. You may develop entropion, an eyelid that rolls in, or ectropion, an eyelid that rolls out.
There are home remedies for blepharitis that can give you temporary relief. The simplest is to place a warm compress over your eyes to relieve dryness, stinging, and itchy sensations. However, the effect may only last while the compress is being used. The compress itself may also irritate your eyes, making the problem worse.
Some patients with especially nimble fingers can successfully scrub and clean their eyelids at home. For those who cannot, there is BlephEx. BlephEx is a handheld device that our eye doctor uses to remove debris at the margins of your eyelids. BlephEx clears away accumulated oils and mucus particles while depleting the reservoir of bacteria that causes the condition.
BlephEx is safe, sanitary, and painless, and it can clear up bacterial blepharitis right quickly and effectively. Our eye doctor will evaluate the condition of your eyes to determine whether or not you are suffering from blepharitis and provide treatment accordingly. This treatment will likely involve the use of BlephEx.
Eye Doctor in Des Plaines and Lincolnshire, IL
At Eye See, we have years of experience providing residents of Lincolnshire and Des Plaines, IL with reliable eye care services. Our eye doctor will assess your eyes to determine whether or not BlephEx is right for you. For more information on blepharitis treatment or to schedule an appointment, call us at (847) 243-3330.