Blepharitis is a very common inflammation of the eyelid rim involving the lash line and the row of oil glands behind the lashes. This is a chronic condition that is controlled rather than cured. Symptoms include lid/eye redness, burning, irritation, flaking of the lid rims, and styes or chalazia (red bumps on the lid rim). Usually the main concerns are eye irritation, worsening of dry eye symptoms, and the cosmetic effects of red eyes and red lid rims. In more serious cases of blepharitis, however, permanent scarring of the lid rims and cornea can occur, which can lead to vision loss. Blepharitis is treated with warm compresses, lid scrubs (a specific lid cleansing method to remove irritating oils from the lid rims), topical medications, nutritional supplements, and oral medications.
As with our approach to dry eye patients, we believe in a treatment plan tailored to the needs and wishes of the patient, often involving a combination of therapies for the best result. Please call our office at (847) 497-2020 if you would like to schedule an appointment.
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