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.
Blepharitis (Lid Disease) Reviews
"Horrible Experience - I never write reviews but felt compelled in this disturbing case. I visited Dr Wallshein to treat eye inflammation due to ocular rosacea. After a VERY BRIEF examination, I was advised my eye glands were blocked. I was diagnosed with MGD and Dry Eye. He stressed the urgency of treatment, instilling major fear that I will lose all my eye glands. In reality this is a common condition not requiring the urgent intervention recommended. I was strongly directed to have a procedure called Lipiflow which cleans the blocked eyelid glands. Conveniently for Dr Wallshein’s wallet/profit, I was told I could have it immediately at a cost of “$1000”. The fear factor instilled in me by the Dr led me to have this costly procedure. Without having any benefit of research and out of fear I accepted. I later learned there are other much less costly ways to resolve the issue. Dr Wallshein also insisted on a specific optho antibiotic doxycycline that he has to make and costs $200. I later learned there are alternatives that cost $8 dollars. The Dr does not alleviate your fears and concerns nor fully explain his diagnosis or prognosis. This practice is nothing but a money making enterprise. He will over recommend procedures and medications, none covered by insurance. The Dr is more interested in lining his own pockets than consideration of less expensive alternatives. Further, upon my arrival there were no less than “40” patients in the waiting room. A horrible anxiety producing chaotic environment. A patient factory. In summation this practice namely Dr Jay Wallshein is more concerned with his personal profit than his patients eye health or ability to pay for his costly procedures and medications of which are offensively and egregiously expensive and not covered by insurance even when viable alternatives are available. Horrible and upsetting experience. I suggest you select another Opthamologist at all cost. Save yourself personal grief, anxiety, disappointment and severe financial loss."- Anonymous / Vitals / Oct 16, 2019
"I have been a patient with Dr Wallshein at Palm Beach Eye for many years, he has been treating me for dry eye syndrome. The office is run very efficiently, and professionally. Occasionally very busy, but they do eventually get around to getting all the patients in. I had dry eye testing done today by Alis--very professional and explained what she was doing thoroughly. I have always been pleased with the professionalism of Dr Wallshein and his treatment of me and will answer questions and give me his honest opinion in my care. Stephanie was very nice when checking me out and making my next appointment---explained about the best days and time to make my appointment so I would not have to wait as long and explained why this does sometimes happens--- very friendly and I appreciated the truthfulness. I recommend this group when asked by people I know. Mimi Martin"- M.M. / Google / Dec 16, 2019
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.