Blepharitis Eyelid Problems

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Eyelid Problems-What is Blepharitis?

Blepharitis is a common inflammation of the lid margin. Patients usually complain of a sandy or itchy feeling of the eyes, especially in the morning. There usually is redness, as well as a thickening and irregularity of the lid margins. The disease may occur at any age.

The two most common types of chronic inflammation of the lids are staphylococcal blepharitis, and seborrheic blepharitis. Seborrhea is a common cause of dandruff. The base of the eyelash usually is caked with a greasy type of scale that comes off easily, leaving an intact lid margin.

At times blepharitis can be infectious in origin. When this is the case it invariably is a result of staphylococcus aureas. The lid margins become ulcerated and congested and adhesive exudate forms on the base of the follicles and or the lid margin. The ulcerative type of blepharitis is more serious because if the inflammation reaches down to the base of the follicles, it can cause permanent scaring, with either loss of lashes or misdirection of lash and regrowth. Also, the cosmetic consequences are undesirable because the lids become thickened, heavily vascularized and unattractive. The most common treatment for chronic blepharitis is lid hygiene. Warm water and compresses as well as lid scrubs become daily routine for blepharitis patients.

If your eyes feel uncomfortable all the time and you have the above symptoms please call Doctor & Associates at 203-227-4113 for help.