Blepharitis Treatment From Your Optometrist in Colorado Springs, CO
Blepharitis is a disorder that causes an inflammation of the eyelids. Fortunately, there are a number of treatment options available at Alpine Vision in Colorado Springs that can help control the infection and prevent damage to the eyes and eyelids.
Blepharitis is an inflammation that strikes both the eyelids, typically in the area where eyelashes grow. It is the result of clogged oil glands at the base of lashes. There are two types of this disorder: anterior blepharitis and posterior blepharitis. Anterior blepharitis occurs where the eyelashes are attached, and posterior blepharitis happens where the eyelid touches the eye.
A number of culprits could be responsible for this condition, including:
- Eyelash mites or lice
- A bacterial infection
- Blocked or malfunctioning oil glands
Some people report having eyelashes disappear or grow in an unusual pattern. Common symptoms include a gritty feeling, burning, stinging, watering eyes, and redness. Some individuals experience crusty eyelashes after sleeping, flakes of skin in the eye area, and eyelids that seem greasy. Increased blinking and sensitivity to light are not uncommon.
Without proper treatment, blepharitis can cause eyelid scarring. Other possible problems include having a sty, chalazion, corneal injury, ongoing conjunctivitis, difficulty wearing contact lenses, and dry eyes.
Treatment Options at Our Optometry Practice in Colorado Springs
The first step to treat this condition is a comprehensive eye exam. The appropriate treatment depends on which type the patient has. However, our optometrists’ goal is to help you maintain the eyelids free of crusts.
If the patient has a bacterial infection, an antibiotic medication might be appropriate. Many individuals experience positive results from following a daily routine of applying warm compresses to the eyes, then scrubbing them gently with a lid cleanser or a mix of water and baby shampoo. Our optometrists also suggests steering clear of eye makeup and avoiding the use of contact lenses during treatment.
Schedule an Exam with Our Colorado Springs Optometrists Today
Help protect your vision with regular eye exams. We are a full-service optometry practice that aims to make sure that you have optimal ocular health. Be sure to call Alpine Vision in Colorado Springs today at 719-520-3333 to schedule an appointment with our optometrists. Appointments are also available at our Falcon (719-495-6611) and Windsor (970-460-0220) offices.