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Blepharitis (Lid Disease) in Lake Worth, FL

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What Is Blepharitis?

Your upper and lower eyelids have glands on the edges that are critical for tear production. Sometimes, the glands in these areas can get clogged or infected, increasing the risk of experiencing blepharitis or lid disease. This uncomfortable eye condition causes irritation around the margins of your eyelid or on the lash line. Although blepharitis does not cause vision loss, you may encounter several symptoms, such as crustiness, redness, and eyelash reduction. We invite you to schedule an appointment at Palm Beach Eye Center in Lake Worth, FL, if you think you may have lid disease. Our team is dedicated to helping manage your ocular health and providing helpful treatment options.

Who is a candidate for blepharitis treatment?

If you are experiencing symptoms of blepharitis that are affecting your everyday life, you may want to seek professional help at Palm Beach Eye Center. The best treatment for your blepharitis may vary depending on the severity of your condition and whether you have chronic blepharitis. Our eye care team in Lake Worth, FL, will evaluate your condition and determine which course of treatment is ideal for your unique needs.

How Is Blepharitis Treated?

Blepharitis happens because of bacteria at the edges of your lash line or an oil gland problem. Managing the development of natural bacteria can help decrease the chance of the disease reoccurring. Additionally, if you have an oil issue, we will address it during your appointment. Even though this condition does not have a cure, we can control and reduce the symptoms with a few extra steps to your daily routine, including:

  • Starting your day with a cleansing regimen: Our eye specialists will ask you to wash your face and eyelids with a gentle cleanser that works well for sensitive skin.
  • Using warm compresses: With a clean washcloth, run the cloth under warm water and dampen. Next, apply the compress to your eye. This technique will reduce the chances of blocking your oil glands and get rid of crustiness around the eye.
  • Taking antibiotic eye prescriptions: You may receive special oil or eye drops to place on your lash line, which stimulates oil production and reduces other symptoms.

During your consultation, our eye doctors will review your eyes and eyelids, then provide a treatment based on the severity of your blepharitis. Once we have a better idea of your needs, you may receive other at-home treatment techniques or professional treatments.

Blepharitis (Lid Disease) FAQ

What are some common symptoms of blepharitis (lid disease)? 
The symptoms of lid disease will vary from person to person, but some common ones include itchy, sore eyelids that stick together, swollen eyelid margins, abnormal eyelash growth, and increased sensitivity to light. If you're experiencing any of these symptoms, contact our team at Palm Beach Eye Center so that we help you find a great solution.

What causes lid disease? 
Blepharitis is caused in two main ways. One involves a reaction to bacteria that is on the skin, and the other is from seborrhoeic dermatitis. This condition causes the skin to become oily and flaky, sometimes irritating the eyelids. Both conditions can be treated when you visit our eye doctors.

If I have blepharitis, is it contagious? 
No, it is not contagious. Feel free to continue your normal routine without worry.

Can blepharitis make dry eye worse? 
Blepharitis happens when you have an overload of bacteria on the eyelids. This can also cause the glands in the eyelids to become blocked. When they are blocked, it can decrease oil production and cause dry eye.

Specialty Care for Eyelid Inflammation

Although this disease is relatively harmless, blepharitis can create irritating symptoms that hinder your ability to live comfortably. At Palm Beach Eye Center, our Lake Worth, FL, eye doctors provide detailed treatment plans to address lid disease and enhance your overall eye health. Please schedule an appointment with our friendly staff to learn about your options for managing eyelid disease.

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