Blepharitis Specialist

Advanced Laser & Eye Center of Arizona -  - Ophthalmologist

Advanced Laser & Eye Center of Arizona

Ophthalmologists & Optometrists located in Gilbert, Chandler, and Queen Creek, AZ

If you have red, irritated eyelids with crust or flakes around your eyelashes, blepharitis could be the cause of your symptoms. At Advanced Laser & Eye Center of Arizona, home of MyEyesToday.com, with offices in Gilbert, Chandler, and Queen Creek, Arizona, Kianoush Kian, MD, and Scott Wayment, OD, diagnose blepharitis and offer customized treatments to address the underlying cause of your symptoms. Call Advanced Laser & Eye Center of Arizona at 480-632-2020 or make an appointment online today at MyEyesToday.com.

Blepharitis Q & A

What is blepharitis? 

Blepharitis is an inflammatory condition of the eyelids. It can affect the outside of your eyelid (anterior blepharitis) or the inside of your eyelid that touches your eyeball (posterior blepharitis.)

Blepharitis causes a variety of uncomfortable symptoms, including:

  • Swollen eyelids
  • Itchy eyelids
  • Gritty sensation
  • Burning feeling
  • Excessive tearing
  • Dry eye
  • Crusty or flaky eyelids

In most cases, blepharitis is merely uncomfortable and or causes itchiness on the edges of the eyelids. However, when left untreated, it can cause more severe symptoms such as blurry vision, eyelash loss, and corneal irritation. Blepharitis also increases your risk of a secondary infection as it may tempt you to rub your eyes. 

What causes blepharitis?

Anterior and posterior blepharitis have different causes. 

Anterior blepharitis

Bacteria or dandruff typically cause anterior blepharitis. Everyone has bacteria on their face and eyelids, but if your bacteria overgrow and irritates your eyelid, this is blepharitis. Another type of anterior blepharitis is associated with scalp dandruff. 

Posterior blepharitis

Posterior blepharitis develops when the oil glands in your eyelids are over productive, which creates a perfect environment for bacteria. Other causes of posterior blepharitis include rosacea and a microscopic parasite called Demodex. 

How is blepharitis diagnosed?

Advanced Laser & Eye Center of Arizona diagnoses blepharitis and its cause during a comprehensive eye exam. Your doctor reviews your medical history and symptoms to identify other health issues that could contribute to your symptoms. They also use a slit-lamp to examine your eye and eyelid in close detail. Your doctor might also evaluate your tears to check for abnormalities. 

The findings of the different infections that trigger blepharitis are variable. In most cases, your doctor can identify the cause of your blepharitis in a single consultation, and begin a treatment regimen. 

How is blepharitis treated?

Your eye doctor at Advanced Laser & Eye Center of Arizona provides customized treatment plans to relieve your symptoms and heal the infection. In many cases, you benefit from using warm compresses to loosen the crust or flakes from your eyelids and special cleansers to keep your eyelids and lashes clean. Depending on the condition causing your blepharitis, your eye doctor might prescribe antibiotics, steroid ointments, or eye drops. 

Call Advanced Laser & Eye Center of Arizona today at 480-632*2020   or make an appointment online at MyEyesToday.com if you have swollen, itchy or uncomfortable eyelids.