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Blepharitis

Blepharitis is a condition that occurs when the eyelid becomes inflamed. This condition has a large impact on the ability of the eye to produce tears. This is a common problem regardless of age. This is not a contagious condition and does not cause permanent damage to your vision. However, it can significantly impair your ability to see. If you think you may have blepharitis and live in the San Jose, Cupertino, Los Gatos, or Santa Cruz areas, the optometry professionals at Spectrum Eye Physicians are ready to assist you.

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Common Causes of Blepharitis

Blepharitis has several common causes. The first cause is an allergic reaction or bacterial irritation of the face and eyelids. Infection occurs when large amounts of bacteria are present on the eyelids. Your eyelids naturally create oil but if they produce an excessive amount, it may cause bacterial buildup. Rosacea and dandruff can also lead to blepharitis. 

Blepharitis Symptoms

Blepharitis can be diagnosed by optometry professional. Several symptoms may indicate blepharitis, including:

  • Pain, redness, and itchiness
  • Eyelids covered with crust or oil
  • Dry eyes
  • Inability to wear contacts
  • Excessively watery eyes
  • Increased light sensitivity
  • Blurred vision

Blepharitis Treatment

The good news is blepharitis can be treated fairly easily. Make sure to keep your eyelid clean and free of crust. You can apply a warm compress to loosen any crust around the eye. There are over the counter eyelid cleansers you can purchase to help keep them clean and remove any bacteria. In severe cases of blepharitis, antibiotics may be necessary. Dry eyes can be alleviated with synthetic tears. While caring for blepharitis, you should stop wearing contact lenses and eye makeup.

Visit Our Eye Doctor

At Spectrum Eye Physicians, we are committed to providing the best and most professional care to every one of our patients. Your eye health is as important to us as it is to you. Our eye doctor has years of experience working with patients in San Jose, Cupertino, Los Gatos, and Santa Cruz to identify and address blepharitis. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call us at (408) 884-2215.

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