Your Irritated Eyelids May Be Blepharitis
There is no shortage of problems that affect the eyes, and at Eye Consultants of Northern Virginia in Springfield & Woodbridge, VA, we understand that you may need guidance in recognizing your exact condition and how to treat it. Our experienced ophthalmology team can help you pinpoint problems such as blepharitis, a common condition that can impede your vision and have painful side effects.
What Is Blepharitis?
People with blepharitis often put it down to just having irritated eyelids, but it is actually a recurring condition in which the eyelids become inflamed, often due to the clogging of oil glands near the eyelashes. It may occur right where the eyelashes attach or on the inner edge of your eyelids where they touch the eye. Trying to rub away the problem can actually make it worse and lead to infection.
The extent to which blepharitis affects your quality of life varies. In some cases it is only mildly inconvenient, but in others the symptoms and side effects are severe enough that you should seek professional help.
What Are the Symptoms of Blepharitis?
Symptoms of blepharitis include:
- Blurred vision
- Excessive eye watering
- Swollen eyelids
- Crusty eyelids after sleeping
- Light sensitivity
- Eyelash loss or growth in different directions
People who have blepharitis may exhibit some or all of these symptoms, and they may also experience complications like trouble wearing contact lenses and eye infections.
Diagnosing and Treating Blepharitis
While you need an eye care specialist to officially diagnose blepharitis, you can take some steps at home to treat its symptoms while you wait on your appointment. Wash your face and scalp often to prevent skin flakes from getting in your eyes. If you have crusty eyes, use a warm, wet cloth or a mixture of baby shampoo and water to clean your eyelashes thoroughly.
When to See a Professional
If your eyelids are irritated on a regular basis, visit an ophthalmology professional to get a diagnosis and treatment plan. Home treatment is a start, but you may have an underlying infection that is either causing, or is the result of your blepharitis and requires treatment with antibiotics.
Eye Consultants of Northern Virginia is a leader in adult and pediatric eye care with locations in Springfield & Woodbridge, VA. We will conduct a thorough examination to determine if you have blepharitis or another eye condition, and form a treatment plan that works best for you.
Give us a call at (703) 451-6111 or (877) NUVISION to set up an appointment at one of our Virginia locations.