What You Need to Know About Blepharitis
To some degree we all carry a healthy amount of bacteria on our body. But when too much bacteria forms around our eyes, we may develop blepharitis. A few signs of the unsightly infection are swollen eyelids with yellow residue. Eyes will feel irritated and itchy. Most people have described having an extreme urge to scratch and rub. It is advised to avoid doing either.
While you shouldn’t be terrified of it’s unruly symptoms or appearance, one thing to note about the condition is that it’s presently incurable. The symptoms can be controlled by practicing good hygiene but the condition can last long term.
Moreover, pink eye (conjunctivitis) and blepharitis often occur at the same time but are not the same conditions. Blepharitis is not contagious, while pink eye is.
If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, you should see our eye doctor:
Red itchy eyelids. The eyelids will appear swollen or puffy in a reddish/pink color and oily.
Greasy or crusty eyes. Tiny oil glands will make the eyelashes feel clogged. You might also have yellow crust around your eyelids and under your eyes.
Pain in the eyes. Irritation will make your eyes feel bothersome. You should avoid rubbing your eyes which can cause further damage.
How to treat blepharitis
Clean the infected area. For temporary relief, using a cotton swab with a mixture of water and baby shampoo, carefully clean the infected area.
Take medication. Our eye doctor can recommend medicine to apply to the crusted area. Some options include antibiotics or steroid eye drops.
Therapy. Massages will specifically help relax the muscles. Using your index finger, you can gently apply pressure to the eyelid; however, you should avoid rubbing the crust around the eye directly into the eye. A warm compressor can be placed on the eyelids for about five minutes.
Do not wear makeup. Makeup will likely strengthen irritation or worse, further contaminant the eyes.
Practice good hygiene. Washing your face with facewash before bed, after exercise, when you wake up, or if you come into contact with toxic ingredients are all ways to prevent worsening your condition.
See a specialist. It’s critical that your eyes be examined by a specialist. An eye doctor will examine the eyes for any other infections and offer professional methods of treating your specific case.
Blepharitis treatment in El Paso
There is nothing worse than trying to go about your day when you have to deal with an uncomfortable sensation in your eyes. Our eye doctor at Hayder Eye Care in El Paso can perform a comprehensive exam to test for conditions such as blepharitis. We will refer you to a specialist if the condition requires professional care.
Our priority is to help you live a life with strong and healthy eyes. Call our office today to schedule an exam: 915-592-4600.