Blepharitis is an inflammatory condition of the eyelids. It can cause your eyelids to feel sticky and your eyes to become red and irritated. It can also cause dandruff-like scales to form on your eyelids. Around half of all the patients we see at Remagin have some degree of this condition. If you live in West Orlando, Windermere, or the surrounding area, our ophthalmologist, Dr. Deepak Raja, can help you beat blepharitis and improve your eye health.
A Diagnosis From Our Ophthalmologist
The first step in overcoming blepharitis is getting an accurate diagnosis from our ophthalmologist. Blepharitis has symptoms in common with conjunctivitis and dry eye disease. Blepharitis can be caused by any of the following conditions:
- bacterial infection in the eye
- tiny mites called Demodex living on the eyelashes
- a malfunction of the glands in the eye that produce tears
It's important to treat the right condition. Receiving an eye exam from our ophthalmologist is the first step to beating blepharitis.
Cleaning Your Eyes
The second step in beating blepharitis is keeping the eyes clean without irritating them. Often all you need to keep blepharitis at bay is applying a warm (never hot) compress to your eyes with a clean, moist cloth twice a day. Our ophthalmologist can show you how to scrub your eyelids with baby shampoo or how to use warming masks, hypochlorite solutions, tea tree oil solutions, or eyelid scrubs like Ocusoft Foam Plus or TheraTears Sterilid. Just keeping your eyes clean makes a huge difference in how they feel.
Reevaluation After Treatment
The third step in beating blepharitis is coming back to our ophthalmologist for reevaluation as needed. It is important to not get too comfortable after your blepharitis treatment, especially if it is caused by a bacterial infection. It's crucial to get a bacterial infection under complete control before you stop treatment, or it can come back with even worse symptoms. If you have blepharitis that is severe enough that you need topical steroid treatments, you want to make sure they aren't causing any unexpected side effects. It may take a couple of visits to see your ophthalmologist to get a severe case of blepharitis under control.
Dr. Raja Is Here to Help!
It's easy to schedule your eye exam at Remagin. Just request your appointment online or call us today at (407) 704-3937. If you live in West Orlando, Windermere, or the surrounding area, and suffering from blepharitis, help is available. Dr. Raja will answer any questions you may have and provide the treatment you need for effective relief.