Blepharitis Treatment from a Clarksville, TN, Eye Doctor
Blepharitis is a disorder that many patients who visit Sites Vision Clinic mistake as signs of eyestrain or not getting enough sleep. While it is easy to miss early symptoms, our eye doctor notes that sufferers end up with an eye inflammation as the condition advances. Our Clarksville optometry practice offers several treatment options for blepharitis.
What is Blepharitis?
Blepharitis is an inflammation of the eyelid that typically occurs in the portion where eyelashes reside. Our optometrist reports that it is not contagious, but is sometimes hard to treat because of its persistence.
Most individuals experience this condition in both eyes. Its cause is the clogging of small oil glands near the base of the eyelashes. Clogging can be the result of a number of factors, such as:
- Bacterial infection
- Seborrheic dermatitis
- Oil glands that malfunction or are blocked
- Lice or mites in eyelashes
There are several types of blepharitis. While each type has distinct symptoms, frequent signs include watery eyes, grittiness, stinging, or burning.
Sufferers sometimes complain of flaking skin in the eye area, crusty lashes after sleeping, or greasy lids. Some experience excessive blinking, light sensitivity, eyelids that stick together, or disappearing eyelashes.
Treatment at Our Optometry Practice
Without prompt diagnosis and treatment, complications such as the inability to wear contact lenses, eyelid scarring, and chalazions can occur. A comprehensive vision exam by our eye doctor will reveal which type of blepharitis is present. Each patient receives an appropriate treatment plan to clear up the disorder and maintain future health.
The backbone of treatment for most kinds of blepharitis is keeping the individual’s eyelids clean as well as free of crusts. Our optometrist provides each patient with self-care steps such as avoiding the use of makeup and contact lenses during treatment, using artificial tears or other lubricants as necessary, shampooing with an anti-dandruff product, and massaging the eyelids. A routine of applying warm compresses before scrubbing the eyes with diluted baby shampoo or a special cleanser is also an important part of home care. Bacterial blepharitis patients typically benefit from an antibiotic.
Schedule an Appointment with Our Clarksville Optometrist
Enjoy a full-service optometry practice when you visit Sites Vision Clinic in Clarksville. We have been providing quality eye care to patients of all ages for 70 years. Whether you need corrective eyewear or screening for a variety of eye diseases, our experienced staff is here to help by meeting your vision needs. Take a moment today to call us at 931-614-0028 to schedule a comprehensive exam with our optometrist and protect your vision.