To say that the health of your eyes is essential to your well-being is obvious. What can be less obvious is what to do if you suddenly find your ocular health impaired. There are numerous potential eye issues out there, from minor irritation to major retinal problems, all of which can pose serious problems for your ability to live life normally. After all, eye trouble isn’t just something you can shrug off. At best, you’re left with some significant nagging discomfort which can make life a pain, to say nothing of physical clues (such as crusty eyelashes, discolouration, and swelling) which can clue others in to your discomforting situation. At worst, your vision itself can be affected. Whether your impaired vision is minor or major, temporary or permanent, it can still be deeply unsettling, which is why you’ll want to be sure that you’re getting proper treatment for any and all eye problems that you may have.
To that end, here are some common symptoms and treatment of Blepharitis.
What is Blepharitis?
First, let’s go ahead and state just what Blepharitis is. Simply put, it’s an eye condition wherein the edges of your eyelids become swollen or inflamed. This swelling and inflammation can range from minor to severe. Blepharitis is relatively easy to diagnose, so if you believe that you have this condition, your ophthalmologist should be able to confirm it easily.
Part of the reason that Blepharitis is so easy to diagnose is the fact that there are many common characteristic symptoms of the condition, some of the most prominent of which being:
- Itchy, sore, reddened eyelids
- Crusty or greasy eyelashes
- Eyelashes sticking together
- A gritty, sandy feeling in your eyes or eyelids
- A burning sensation in your eyes or eyelids
- Increased difficulty wearing contacts
- In severe cases, abnormal eyelash growth or the loss of eyelashes can occur
So, with the condition defined and the symptoms on the table, the question remains – how is Blepharitis best treated?
The bad news here is that Blepharitis can often be a recurring, long-term condition. Thankfully, however, for as irritating a condition as this might be, Blepharitis is a condition that can be successfully treated in a wide range of ways. Some treatments can be done on your own, while others, depending on the severity or continued persistence of your condition, may require the help of a doctor. Nevertheless, most cases of Blepharitis can be treated with one or more of the following:
- Instituting a daily regimen of eyelid cleaning
- Using a warm compress on the affected area
- Massaging your eyes
- Cleaning away crusty material with a dampened cloth or tissue
- In severe or more protracted cases, antibiotics may be necessary
As you can see, there’s something of a natural progression here in terms of the severity scale and corresponding treatment. If you know that you are prone to Blepharitis, you can try and nip the problem in the bud by proactively cleaning your eyelids, and you can then combat outbreaks with a warm compress before having to call upon your doctor for medication, should that not prove sufficient.
All this and more can help you handle Blepharitis.