Causes, incidence, and risk factors of blepharitis
Symptoms of blepharitis
Signs and tests for blepharitis
An examination of the eyelids during an eye examination is usually enough to diagnose blepharitis.
Treatment of blepharitis
Careful daily cleansing of the edges of the eyelids helps remove the skin oils that cause the bacteria to overgrow. Your optometrist may recommend Lid Care Towelettes or Theralid foam, although sometimes a warm washcloth is enough. Antibiotic ointments may also be helpful. For posterior blepharitis, hot compresses and lid massage to get solid oil flowing as liquid oil from the glands in the lids.
The likely outcome is good with treatment. Continued attention to lid cleanliness may be required to prevent repeated problems. Continued treatment will typically make the eyes less red and more comfortable.
Call our optometrist
Call for an appointment with one of our optometrists at Pierce Family Vision (519-886-4170) if symptoms worsen or do not improve after careful cleansing of the eyelids for several days.
Cleaning eyelids carefully will help prevent blepharitis and is something we should all do at least twice per week, or daily if blepharitis is present. If a specific skin condition such as rosacea is present, it should be treated.