Blepharitis is a common eyelid inflammatory condition. Although it’s a precursor to other eye problems, like dry eyes and contact lens intolerance, it’s an undertreated eye disease. Let Clear View Vision Care, your trusted eye center, discuss this problem in detail.
How Blepharitis Develops
Blepharitis develops when there is an overgrowth of your eyes’ normal bacteria, particularly those at the base of your eyelashes and along your eyelids. These bacteria may form a biofilm that entraps surface debris and foreign matter, promoting exotoxin production. These toxins may irritate your eyelids’ skin and tissue, resulting in their inflammation.
While the root cause of blepharitis remains unknown, studies show that those with oily scalp and skin are more likely to have this problem. Older individuals are also at a higher risk of developing this condition. Increasing age may cause hormonal changes that may affect sebum and oil balance in your skin.
How It Affects Your Vision
Your inflamed eyelids may affect your nearby tear glands, resulting in a decreased tear production rate. Without your tears’ natural, antibacterial enzymes, the bacteria may continue to thrive and proliferate. Your eyes may become red, heavy, and swollen. You may also develop tearing, itching, and crusting of your eyelids. If you notice any of these, visit your trusted provider of eye exams immediately.
How It Is Treated
We take pride in utilizing only the latest optometry instruments and equipment to help you achieve better eye health as soon as possible. Our BlephEx® procedure uses innovative technology to treat blepharitis. It has a high-speed, rotating microsponge which thoroughly cleans and exfoliates your eyelid margins and eyelash bases. This effectively removes all traces of bacteria, reducing your eyes’ inflammation. We’ll also provide you instructions on proper ways to clean your eyelids at home. Lastly, we may ask you to return after four to six months to ensure continuity of care.
For premier eye care services, turn to Clear View Vision Care. Apart from blepharitis, we also manage macular degeneration, glaucoma, and more. Call us today at (520) 394-6111 or complete our form to request an appointment. We serve Tucson and surrounding AZ communities.