Dry Eye Center at The Eye Studio is pleased to offer advanced treatments for blepharitis. If you have been diagnosed with blepharitis, or suspect you may have it, get in touch with us and we’ll provide you with the relief you need.
What is Blepharitis?
Blepharitis (blef-uh-RYE-tis) is a common eyelid inflammation that can develop at any age. Blepharitis typically occurs when tiny oil glands located near the base of the eyelashes become clogged, leading to swollen, irritated and red eyes. Several diseases and conditions can cause blepharitis, such as dry eyes. Blepharitis doesn’t result in permanent vision damage and is not contagious.
What Are the Symptoms of Blepharitis?
A few typical symptoms include:
- itchy, sore and red eyelids that stick together
- crusty or greasy eyelashes
- a burning, gritty sensation in your eyes
- increased sensitivity to light (photophobia)
- swollen eyelid margins
- wearing contact lenses become unbearable
- abnormal eyelash growth or loss of eyelashes in severe cases
How Do We Treat Blepharitis?
When properly performed, we can reduce and alleviate uncomfortable blepharitis symptoms. Treatments are repeated at regular intervals depending on the severity of the condition. By eliminating the root cause of blepharitis, the overall health of the eyelid will be significantly improved and will allow you to produce more tears and enjoy life without the chronic and irritating symptoms associated with blepharitis.
Removal of Blepharitis
Our eye doctors perform various in-office procedures aimed to remove excess bacteria and toxins that live along the lash margin that cause inflammation and eyelid disease. By cleaning around the eyelids and lashes, we can discard any debris and exfoliate your eyelids.
Following a dry eye procedure, the patient will be instructed on ways to maintain clean eyelids by following nightly eyelid hygiene.
How Many Times Must a Blepharitis Treatment Be Performed?
The eyelids require a regular hygiene practice to prevent blepharitis and dry eye disease from recurring. It is recommended that dry eye patients consult with their eye doctor. In moderate to severe cases, a follow every 4 – 6 months may be advised in order to keep bacteria to a minimum and to prevent the biofilm from developing again. Once the treatments are stopped, the biofilm will typically redevelop, leading to inflammation and damaged tear glands all over again.
How Soon Will I Notice a Difference?
Depending on the stage and severity of the condition, patients tend to feel a difference right after the treatment. However, if you’ve experienced significant damage to your tear glands due to blepharitis, it may take several months before observing any changes in your condition. Certain people may require multiple treatments before they begin to heal. Nightly hygiene and repeat treatments will treat, cure and prevent a recurrence.
Does Blepharitis Treatments Carry Any Side Effects?
There will only be positive effects following the treatment. You will have removed years, if not decades, of biofilm from your eyelids and will be able to comfortably blink without having your eyelids feel sticky. Contact us to schedule your blepharitis treatment appointment at Dry Eye Center at The Eye Studio and to consult with Dr. Tina Tsai for a proper eyelid evaluation. Dry Eye Center at The Eye Studio serves patients in Portland, Beaverton, Vancouver, and Hillsboro, and throughout Oregon.