What is Blepharitis?
Blepharitis is a eye disease seen on the edge of the eyelid, where the eye lashes extend outward and the glands behind it. It is usually seen in people with oily skin, dandruff problem or dry eyes. Drugs, lens solutions and make-up materials, especially used for the eye, can trigger blepharitis. Not removing the makeup and remain it on the skin for a long time may also cause eye inflammation.
The disease is divided into two as anterior blepharitis and posterior blepharitis.
In the anterior blepharitis, the outer edge of the eyelid and the eyelash bottoms are affected. Oily and dandruff skin is the main factor of this. Because oily and scurfy skin causes bacteria to multiply.
The posterior blepharitis occurs on the inside of the eyelid, the part contacting to the eye. Posterior blepharitis is caused by abnormal functioning of the sebaceous glands in the eyelids and directly affects the eye.
Blepharitis does not cause permanent damage to vision. There is no danger of blindness. However, blepharitis can sometimes become chronic. It can also cause diseases such as dry eye and ingrown eyelashes.
This disease can be seen in any form in men and women at any age. Although it is easy to treat, it is possible to repeat frequently. Therefore, we had better tell you in advance, if you have such a disease, as in other eye diseases, you should pay attention to hygiene and regular cleaning of the skin.
Symptoms of Blepharitis
The main symptoms of blepharitis;
– Watering, burning and redness of the eyes
– Burr formation in eyes
– Redness, itching, swelling or adhesion of the eyelids
– Shedding of eyelashes
– Increased sensitivity to light
– More frequent blinking
Treatment of Blepharitis
For the treatment of both forms of blepharitis, you should first keep the eyelids clean and free of shells. In the treatment, it is important to clean the eyelash base regularly with a warm, moist and clean cloth or cotton wool with a light massage on the eyelids and eyelashes. It is especially important to do this as soon as you wake up in the morning and to repeat it several times a day. Ready-to-use cleaning solutions or wipes are also available. Most patients have to maintain their daily cleaning routine to prevent this disease from recurring.
If blepharitis is advanced, the ophthalmologist may recommend drops of antibiotics or steroids or may also suggest tear drops if you have eye-drynesss.