Blepharitis is inflammation of the eyelid margin. It's common and treatable.

There are several possible causes of blepharitis, including:

  • Bacterial eyelid infection

  • Meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD)

  • Dry eyes

  • Fungal eyelid infection

  • Demodex eyelash mites

The most common symptoms of Blepharitis are:

  • Burning or stinging eyes

  • Crusty debris or dandruff at the base of eyelashes

  • Irritated, watery eyes

  • Itchy eyelids (causing eye rubbing)

  • Grittiness or a foreign body sensation

If you have any of these symptoms and wear contacts, refrain from using your contacts until the Blepharitis is treated.

Treatments for Blepharitis

  • Eyelid scrubs. Removing the buildup of biofilm and excess bacteria from the lid margins is essential for successful blepharitis treatment. Somers Eye Center has a range of foams, eyelid wipes and Bruder hydrating Masks.  You can purchase them in-office or online here.

  • In-office procedures. Though eyelid scrubs at home are helpful, in-office eyelid hygiene procedures often are recommended for more effective blepharitis treatment. Possible procedures include:

    1. BlephEx to efficiently remove bacteria, biofilm and Demodex mites from your eyelids and open clogged meibomian glands.

    2. Miboflo to melt and express material obstructing the meibomian glands.

    3. Intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy to open clogged eyelid glands and resume normal flow of oils into the tear film.

  • Medicated eye drops and/or ointments. Our doctors also may prescribe topical medicines to destroy excess blepharitis-causing bacteria or other microbes on the eyelids — particularly if there is a risk of eye infection or it appears you have pink eye or some other type of eye infection as well as blepharitis.

How to Keep Blepharitis from Coming Back

Blepharitis can become a chronic issue.  Taking these steps will help stop Blepharitis.

  • Daily eyelid cleaning.  Clean your eyelids everyday with an eyelid wipe like Blink Wipes.  These wipes are great for cleaning the debris that can develop on your eyelid margin.

  • Get checked for dry eye. Blepharitis and Dry eyes go hand in hand.  Poor quality tears can not lubricate and wash away debris.  Our staff can measure the quality of your tears and personalize a plan to get your tears to tip top shape.

  • Switch to daily contacts.  Contacts can be a breading ground for bacteria and build up lipids.  Using a fresh pair of contacts everyday feels refreshing and will cut down your risks for Blepharitis, dry eye, and other ocular diseases.

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Call 914-277-5550 If you have symptoms of Blepharitis  make an appointment today!

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If your eyes are always crusty and inflamed you may have a condition called Blepharitis. 

Somers Eye Center has the right treatments to relieve you from Blepharitis.