Are your eyelids swollen and itchy, or are your eyelashes full of flakes? You may have blepharitis, an inflammatory infection of your eyelids. Leonard Fuzyalov, OD, diagnoses and treats blepharitis at Envision Eyecare in Flushing, Queens, New York. If your eyelids are uncomfortably swollen and itchy, call Envision Eyecare or make an appointment online today for expert diagnosis and treatment.
If your eyelids are swollen and red or if you have crusty flakes that look like dandruff in your eyelashes, you may have blepharitis, an infection of your eyelids.
There are two forms of blepharitis: anterior and posterior. Anterior blepharitis affects the front of your eyelids and typically causes symptoms around your eyelashes. Posterior blepharitis affects the insides of your eyelids that touch your eyeballs.
Blepharitis causes a range of uncomfortable symptoms, including:
If you notice any of these symptoms, you should make an appointment at Envision Eyecare right away. When left untreated, blepharitis can lead to a thickening of your eyelids. It can also cause dilated and visible capillaries, loss of eyelashes, as well as styes and corneal infections.
A virus or bacteria usually cause blepharitis. However, anterior blepharitis is sometimes due to seborrheic dermatitis, and posterior blepharitis is sometimes caused by abnormalities in the oil glands in your eyelids. Additionally, posterior blepharitis is more common in patients who also have rosacea.
Dr. Fuzyalov offers comprehensive eye exams at Envision Eyecare and examines your eyes and eyelids carefully for signs of infection. He may take a swab from your eyelid to determine the specific type of infection. Depending on your specific infection, he may prescribe antibiotics in oral or eyedrop form. He may also suggest eyedrops to keep your eyes lubricated and special cleansers to clean your eyelids.
If you wear contact lenses, you shouldn’t wear them while having treatment for blepharitis, and when you can return to contacts, you should only use a fresh pair, so you can avoid reinfection. Blepharitis tends to recur, and you may find that switching to gas permeable lenses can reduce your risk of reinfection as the hard lenses are less susceptible to deposits.
You should also wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water every time you place or remove your contact lenses. You should also avoid rubbing or touching your eyes as it’s easy to spread bacteria from your fingers to your eyes.
If you’re concerned about blepharitis or another eye infection, call Envision Eyecare or make an appointment online today.