Blepharitis: Highlighting the Importance of Eyelid Health & Hygiene
Blepharitis is a very common inflammation of the eyelids, usually caused by a blockage of the meibomian glands. This uncomfortable condition is usually chronic and can develop due to a variety of factors, including an imbalance in the bacteria of the lids.
Regardless of the cause, eyelid hygiene can help prevent and treat blepharitis. Be sure to wash your eyelids and upper and lower lash lines every day with warm water and diluted baby shampoo or eyelid cleansers.
How Is Dry Eye Related to Blepharitis?
Blepharitis and dry eye have sort of a “chicken-or-the-egg” situation going on. Doctors can’t seem to agree whether dry eye causes blepharitis, or blepharitis causes dry eye. In any case, it’s clear that the two are closely related.
Evaporative dry eye occurs when the meibomian glands are blocked, preventing them from creating a proper tear film. This type of blockage (meibomian gland dysfunction or MGD) is also closely related to blepharitis, causing a crusty buildup at the base of the eyelashes.
- Stinging or burning in the eyes
- Crusty buildup or debris in the eyelashes
- Watery eyes
- Dry eyes
- Foreign body sensation
- Itchy eyelids
We offer a wide variety of blepharitis treatments, including LipiFlow Thermal Pulsation; a highly advanced treatment also used to treat dry eye.