Blepharitis is a common condition where the edges of the eyelids become inflamed, red and swollen. Although the condition tends to be much more common in ages over 40, blepharitis has no age restriction and can develop at any age.
If you feel that you may be suffering from the condition, we have noted a few telling signs that are indicative of Bleapharitis however these symptoms may vary depending on the specific cause;
- Sore and itchy eyelids
- Difficulty in opening the eyelids as they stick together – more so when you wake up
- Crusty and greasy eyelashes
- Sensitivity to the light
- Burning sensations in your eyes
The condition can be spotted either by your GP or opthalmologist (optician) based on your symptoms and also from an examination of your eyes. If you were to visit your GP, they may refer you to your optician dependent on the severity of your symptoms, and if initial treatment is unsuccessful.
So, how can Blepharitis be treated?
Although Blepharitis cannot usually be cured, there are treatments available for when these episodes occurr. For example, your GP or optician may advise that a daily eyelid-cleaning routine will aid the condition. Simply applying a warm compress to your eyelids and lightly massaging them will wipe away any crusts and this in turn will help manage the irritable symptoms of Blepharitis. If your symptoms are of a severe nature, you may also require antibiotics that can be taken in tablet form or that are applied to your eye or eyelid.
If you have any queries or concerns please do contact us for more information and advise.