Blepharitis, or eyelid inflammation, is a common condition that affects almost 40-50% of Americans at some point in their lives. At Eye Care & Surgery, with two New York City locations in Washington Heights in Manhattan and another near the Grand Concourse in the Bronx, right across the street from Yankee Stadium, the team of experienced ophthalmologists and optometrists provide prompt relief and effective treatment for blepharitis symptoms. If you have red, inflamed eyelids, call your nearest Eye Care & Surgery office today to schedule an appointment or book online.
Blepharitis is an inflammation of the eyelids. It commonly occurs when the tiny oil glands at the base of both the upper and lower eyelids become clogged. This makes your eyes red and irritated and may become a chronic condition.
In addition to causing discomfort, blepharitis may make you feel self-conscious about your appearance, but it usually doesn’t cause permanent damage to your vision. Blepharitis isn’t contagious, either.
Common signs of blepharitis include:
You may also feel like you have something in your eye all the time, and blepharitis is a common cause for contact lens discomfort.
Blepharitis could be the result of several different underlying causes, including:
For many people, dry eye and blepharitis occur at the same time, making it hard to know which one causes the other.
While there’s no cure for blepharitis, you can control symptoms with treatments from Eye Care & Surgery such as:
If you’ve tried home remedies, but your symptoms linger, your eye doctor at Eye Care & Surgery can determine if you need medical treatment. If you have an underlying condition such as rosacea that’s making your blepharitis worse, getting that under control with effective treatments can help relieve blepharitis symptoms as well.
Seeking treatment can also help you avoid further complications such as styes, chronic “pink eye”, or injury to your cornea.
Call the Eye Care & Surgery office closest to you, or request an appointment through the online booking system to get the expert blepharitis help you need.