Experiencing a red, swollen eyelid?
It could be blepharitis. Blepharitis is a very common eyelid condition that results in burning, itching, redness, tearing, and irritation of the lids and eyes. It is linked with bacteria which accumulate around the base of the eyelashes. The bacteria leads to dysfunction of meibomian glands within the lids. The meibomian glands normally secrete oils that help lubricate your eyes and prevents evaporation of the tears, so blepharitis can lead to dry eyes. People with acne rosacea tend to be more likely to develop blepharitis.
Dr. Ozment often recommends an ongoing regimen of eyelid hygiene. There are over-the-counter lid scrub towelettes, foams or other cleansing agents. Studies have has shown that in some cases of blepharitis, omega-3 fatty acid supplements help meibomian glands function better and eye comfort improvement. Hot compresses and lid massage also help encourage normal secretion from these glands. Severe or long standing cases of blepharitis may require treatment with topical and/or oral antibiotics.
Talk with Dr. Ozment about blepharitis if you experience the symptoms of red, itchy or irritated eyelids. He develop a custom treatment plan for your particular case to give you lasting relief. Call Optique Professional Eye Care at (918) 743-9918 to schedule an appointment.