Know Your Eyes: The Symptoms of Blepharitis

Know Your Eyes: The Symptoms of Blepharitis

At Broberg Eye Care, we provide treatment for a comprehensive range of eye diseases and conditions, including blepharitis, or inflammation of the eyelid. Although there is no cure for blepharitis at present, our eye care experts are able to relieve the symptoms of the condition and provide you with effective methods of managing the condition on your own in between appointments at our practice.

Before treating the symptoms of blepharitis at our Austin, TX eye care practice, our doctors must first confirm that you indeed do suffer from blepharitis and not another condition. Many of the symptoms of blepharitis overlap with other eye conditions and diseases. It is important that we rule out other conditions before we proceed with a blepharitis treatment plan.

It is equally important that we accurately diagnose which type of blepharitis you have. Anterior blepharitis, which is generally caused by a bacterial infection or allergies, affects the outer part of the eyelid; posterior blepharitis, which is generally caused by a malfunctioning of the glands that produce eye-lubricating oils, affects the inner part of the eyelid. Other causes could include dandruff, rosacea, and lice.

If you are suffering from any of the symptoms of blepharitis described in this article, please do not hesitate to schedule your appointment at Broberg Eye Care today.

What Are the Most Common Symptoms of Blepharitis?

Again, while these symptoms could be indicative of blepharitis, they could also point to other eye conditions, some of which are more dangerous ultimately than blepharitis. While blepharitis can interfere with vision, it does not pose any permanent threat to your eyesight. Many of the other conditions to which these symptoms can point, however, could eventually result in vision loss. Therefore, it is important to schedule a consultation at Broberg Eye Care if you are experiencing any of these symptoms:

  • Itchiness of the eyelids
  • Redness of the eyelids
  • Flaking of the eyelids
  • Swelling of the eyelids
  • Crusting of the eyelids, especially upon waking up in the mornings
  • Loss of eyelashes
  • Watering of the eyes
  • Eye redness
  • Sticky eyes
  • Increased sensitivity to light
  • Dry eyes
  • The feeling as though there is a foreign object in the eyes
  • Burning of the eyes
  • Newly developed intolerance to contact lenses
  • A gritty sensation in the eyes
  • Greasy eyelids
  • Increased frequency of blinking
  • Abnormal growth of eyelashes

In most cases, blepharitis affects both eyes. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms in just one eye, you may still have blepharitis, but another diagnosis is more likely. If you have experienced these symptoms in the past and they are now flaring up again, this increases the likelihood of a blepharitis diagnosis.

As stated above, there is no known cure for blepharitis, but there are ways to alleviate symptoms and control inflammation. Your doctor will discuss these with you during your appointment.

Learn More about the Symptoms of Blepharitis

To learn more about the symptoms of blepharitis, please contact Broberg Eye Care today.

By | 2018-04-18T09:29:44+00:00 February 13th, 2018|Eye Conditions|