Blepharitis often occurs when the tiny oil glands in the inner area of the eyelid become inflamed. They may happen alongside other eye conditions such as pink-eye, rosacea, seborrheic dermatitis or psoriasis.
There are a variety of symptoms that coincide with the condition. These may be dependent on the exact nature of the reason the person is having the eye condition.
The symptoms may include itchy red eyelids, they may appear to be crusty or oily as well. The eye itself may be dry or it may be kind of oozy and ooze a substance that feels like a cream or gel.
Doctors will treat the condition with antibiotic eyedrops. In some cases, they may also use steroid eyedrops. The patient must also clean the eye often with a gentle motion and blot up the excess oil or ooze that appears. Often, the condition will return. It can affect one or both eyes. It can affect people of all ages.
While it’s very uncomfortable, it rarely causes any permanent damage to the eyesight. There are two classifications. The first is Anterior and happens on the outer edge of the eyelid where the eyelashes attach to the eye.
While there is no exact cause there are many contributing factors. Allergies, eye infections and lack of sleep can all contribute to the condition. Eyes may feel swollen and itchy during the attack. There may be irritation as well as bumps and lumps in or near the eye. There will be more tear production, a discharge, and some discomfort.
Those who wear contacts may find that they are forced to stop wearing their contacts during an attack or all together. It often occurs along with dry eyes and allergy season.
Many doctors now believe that the condition is part of chronic dry eye disease. Doctors have coined a new term for the condition, Dry Eye Blepharitis Syndrome or DEBS.
Dry eyes are believed to be a late manifestation of the condition and by treating the condition you’re treating the dry eyes as well.
It is caused by bacteria that are growing rampant on the eyelids and eyelashes. Over the course of time, the bacteria build up and create the ideal environment for the condition to spread.
Depending on the bacteria, the eyelids may also produce other substances that cause other eye issues. It’s important to keep track of the eye condition and treat it accordingly.