What Is Blepharitis?

Blepharitis occurs when the eyelid is inflamed. The inflammation impacts the eye’s ability to produce tears. This is a fairly common problem and it affects people of varying ages. It is not contagious and typically does not cause any type of permanent damage to the eye or your vision. If you believe you are suffering from blepharitis or any other eye condition and you are in the Winnipeg area, visit our optometrist at Eyes in the Village.


Common Causes of Blepharitis

Blepharitis is typically caused by one of two things. The first cause could be an allergy or bacteria that is found on the face and eyelids. When bacteria appears in excessive amounts, the eyelid can become infected. The second cause could be an overproduction of oil on the eyelids. You have glands on your eyelids that produce oil and when there is too much, bacteria can grow. If you have rosacea or dandruff, they can also cause blepharitis.

Blepharitis Symptoms

An optometrist should be the one to properly diagnose your blepharitis. The eye doctor will check your eyes for some common symptoms that are related to blepharitis. Your eyes may be painful, red, or itchy. Your eyelids may appear to be greasy, or they might seem crusty. You may also experience dry eyes. Your eyes may be irritated and puffy. You may find that you are not able to wear your contacts. Your eyes may water more than usual, or have a discharge. You may also find that your eyes are more sensitive to light or your vision is blurry.

Can Blepharitis Be Treated?

Blepharitis can be treated fairly easily. You want to make sure you keep your eyelids clean and crust free. You can apply a warm compress to loosen any crust around the eye. You can purchase an over the counter eyelid cleanser to help keep them clean and remove any bacteria. If our eye doctor determines that you have an infection, we may prescribe an antibiotic. You should stop wearing contact lenses while treating your eyes. You may need to use artificial tears if you suffer from dry eyes. You should also stop wearing eye makeup while treating your eyelids.

Why Choose Eyes in the Village in Winnipeg?

All of us at Eyes in the Village are committed to providing the best and most professional eye care to each of our patients. We know that each person is unique with specific needs and concerns. We hold ourselves to the highest standards for care, treatment, and customer service. Call us today at (204) 477-1636 to schedule an appointment for blepharitis treatment or any other eye care services.

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