According to a 2013 study, blepharitis affects nearly 30 million Americans. Almost ten years later, that number is likely even greater now. Keep reading to learn about this common eye condition and whether or not it is contagious.
Is Blepharitis Contagious?
No, blepharitis is not contagious, unlike other eye conditions such as conjunctivitis (pink eye). Additionally, it isn’t likely to permanently damage your eyes or cause vision loss. However, when left untreated, blepharitis can lead to eye infections; eye infections can be contagious.
What is Blepharitis?
Blepharitis is a common eye condition that sounds a little scarier than it is. It is characterized by inflammation of the eyelids, itchy eyes, watery eyes, sensitivity to light, and more. When an individual has blepharitis, he or she will typically have a small lump on their eyelid, similar to a sty.
There are two types of blepharitis: anterior blepharitis and posterior blepharitis. Anterior blepharitis affects the area where the eyelashes attach to the outer part of the eyelid. It is usually caused by a bacterial infection or allergies. Posterior blepharitis affects the inner part of the eyelid that touches the eye. It occurs when the glands that produce eye-lubricating oils are not functioning properly. Patients can suffer from both types of blepharitis simultaneously.
Although there is no cure for blepharitis, this eye condition is not life-threatening and the symptoms, though bothersome, can be managed. Alternatively, when left untreated, blepharitis can lead to eye infections. To prevent more serious eye infections, schedule an appointment with your local ophthalmologist if you are experiencing any blepharitis symptoms.
Learn more about blepharitis, including causes, symptoms, and treatments. If you are in the Austin, TX area and think you might be suffering from this eye condition, contact our office today. We’ll schedule an appointment to review your symptoms, determine whether you have blepharitis, and create a treatment plan to alleviate your symptoms.