What Are the Symptoms of Blepharitis?

It can affect people in different ways. The common symptoms of the condition can include:

  • Watery eyes
  • Dry eyes
  • Red, irritated and itchy eyes
  • Burning or stinging of the eyes
  • Flaking of the skin (dandruff) around the eyes
  • Eyelashes that are “crusted” upon waking or sticky throughout the day
  • Abnormal growth of the eyelashes
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How Do I Treat Blepharitis?

Currently, there is no cure for blepharitis, but there are treatments available to control the condition. For mild cases of blepharitis, many simple remedies and lifestyle routine changes can help reduce some of the irritation and swelling that comes along with the condition. Some of those remedies may include taking care to keep the eyes clean, using certain over the counter treatments, and avoiding possible irritants. Overall, maintaining good skin and eye hygiene can help reduce and prevent blepharitis symptoms.

When Should I See My Doctor?

For more serious cases of blepharitis, home remedies may not be enough. It’s important to talk to one of our professionals at the New Jersey Eye Center if you feel you may be suffering from it. We may recommend stronger treatments which may include:

  • Medications to fight infection, which can include creams and eye drops. Should your symptoms persist, an oral medication may be recommended.
  • Medications to control inflammation, including steroid creams and eye drops to reduce inflammation and provide relief from symptoms.
  • Treatments for underlying conditions such as dermatitis, rosacea, or other diseases that may be contributing to or causing blepharitis.

While may cause uncomfortable symptoms and appear unsightly, the condition usually doesn’t cause permanent damage to your vision. If you feel you have any symptoms that may be caused by blepharitis, you should take them seriously and seek medical help to avoid further complications. If left untreated, it can lead to:

  • Loss of eyelashes
  • Eyelid scarring
  • Excessively uncomfortable dry eyes
  • Inability to wear contact lenses comfortably
  • Styes and chronic pink eye
  • Injury to the cornea

If you are experiencing symptoms of blepharitis, contact the New Jersey Eye Center to get started on the road to recovery.