What is blepharitis and how can it be treated?

What is blepharitis and how can it be treated?

Blepharitis is a common eye infection that causes red, irritated, itchy eyelids along with the development of dandruff-like “scales” on the eyelashes. Irregular oil production, bacteria, or skin conditions, like rosacea and scalp dandruff, can cause the infection to appear. Even though Blepharitis is very uncomfortable, it does not cause permanent damage to your vision and it is not contagious. There are many symptoms that materialize with this infection, including redness, watery eyes, a gritty sensation, and crusting of the eyelids. Some people may only experience minor irritation and itching, while others can experience more severe symptoms, such as misdirected eyelashes, inflammation of other eye tissue, and blurry vision.

However, if left untreated, can be a pre-cursor for dry-eye and meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD). A minor case of blepharitis can be treated with home remedies, like warm compressions or a gentle eyelid scrub. If the disease is linked to an underlying condition, such as allergies or dandruff, treating that condition will help blepharitis go away naturally. If nothing seems to be working, there is a device that is offered called BelphEX that can help more serious symptoms, when the home remedies fail. BelphEX stands for blepharoexfoliation, which is a quick 5-minute in-office procedure where the doctor exfoliates and cleans the eyelid with a patented handheld device, removing bacterial debris and other irritants.

The patient needs to have the procedure repeated in 4-6 month intervals to make sure the disease doesn’t return. The patient is given numbing drops so they are comfortable during the procedure. BelphEX can save patients from spending hundreds of dollars on prescription drops and artificial tears.

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