Blepharitis (blef-uh-RI-tis) affects the skin of the eyelids, and it usually involves the part of the eyelid where the eyelashes grow (lid margins). Commonly, blepharitis occurs when tiny oil glands located near the base of the eyelashes malfunction. When these oil glands malfunction, bacterial overgrowth can result, leading to inflamed, irritated and itchy eyelids. This also exacerbates dry eye syndrome which commonly co-exists with blepharitis. Blepharitis is often a chronic condition that is difficult to treat. Blepharitis rarely disappears completely. Even with successful treatment, relapses are common.
The doctors at The Eye Group of Connecticut will be able to diagnose your blepharitis and discuss appropriate treatment options:
- External hygiene
- Prescription medications
- Nutritional supplements
- Treatment of co-existing Dry Eye Syndrome