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Dr. Rodolfo L. Rodriguez, O.D., P.A.
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BLEPHARITIS: eyelid disease

Careful daily cleaning of eyelid margins and eyelashes is necessary to control Blepharitis. This can be also being accomplished by warm compresses and cleaning with medicated eyelid shampoos.

Medication is often necessary for proper treatment. In some cases, Dr. Rodriguez prescribes antibiotic eye drops, ointment and/or tablets are along with the daily cleansing. However, medication alone is not sufficient; daily maintenance of eyelid hygiene is essential.                                               

There are two main causes of Blepharitis: staphylococcus bacteria and seborrhea. Staphylococcus bacteria colonizes the eyelid during childhood and continue throughout adulthood. Common signs include crusty lashes, collar scales on lashes, and chronic redness at the lid margin. Common symptoms include red eyes, burning, blurred vision, tired eyes, tearing and difficulty with contact lens wear. Dilated blood vessels, loss of lashes, styes, and chalazia also occur.

The disease tends to be progressive, effective treatment is essential. In addition to eliminating the redness and soreness, treatment can prevent potential infection and scarring of the cornea and conjunctiva.

Seborrhea is secondary to overactive glands causing greasy, waxy scales to accumulate along the eyelid margins. Seborrhea is often related to an overall skin disorder that affects other areas. Hormones, nutrition, general physical condition and stress are factors in seborrhea.

In addition to medication and daily eyelid hygiene, Dr. Rodriguez recommends proper nutrition, supplements and smoking cessation for successful management.