Blepharitis is inflammation of the glands of the eyelid near the eyelash. It is akin to acne but can occur at any age and tends to be chronic. It often causes eyelid boarder redness, crusting, and Irritation of the eye and eyelid. It is not contagious, but it is quite common.
How is blepharitis treated?
This goal is suppressing acute exacerbation and controlling it long term. There are dozens of treatments for this condition, but the tried and true methods include:
The medications available to help treat blepharitis include:
- Warm Compresses with a hot, wet washcloth.
- Artificial tears to help with eye irritation.
- Low dose steroid eye drops or ointment to reduce inflammation
- Antibiotic drops or ointment
- Oral Flex Seed Oil (Omega 3 Fatty acids) to stabilize the eyelid glands.
- Oral antibiotics to reduce activity from these glands.
Our evaluation of your eyelids will help select the most appropriate treatment options for your blepharitis.
If you are experiencing symptoms of blepharitis, a consultation with an ophthalmologist may be the first step towards diagnosis and treatment. At Jason M. Gilbert, M.D., P.C., we have a team of experienced board-certified professionals who are dedicated to providing high-quality care. Call 781-395-9916 or click here to schedule an appointment.