Bpeharitis or Granulated Eyelids
Blepharitis is a chronic inflammation of the eyelids generally around the eyelashes. It is a very common problem that is known by many as granulated eyelids. There are two main causes:
Staphylococcus or Staph Infection
Staph is bacteria that occurs on the skin and commonly infects the eyelids. It begins many times in childhood and continues into adulthood.
Seborrhea is a skin condition that can affect the eyelids. It can occur on other areas of the body and face. Many times there is scaling and redness around the eye brows and nose with the blepharitis.
Other Factors Involved in Blepharitis
Many things can contribute to the development of blepharitis. Factors include nutrition, hormones, stress, physical condition, and any immune compromised illness.
Symptoms of Blepharitis
Many times the blepharitis can be caused by both Staph and Seborrhea. The symptoms are crusting, scaling, mattering and redness of the eyelid margin. There can be areas of ulceration of the eyelid margin, dilated blood vessels, broken or loss of lashes, and collection of matter around the eyelashes. People with this condition also have a much increased incidence of sties and chalazions. Chronic blepharitis can contribute to developing dry eye syndrome in many people. There are glands in the eyelids that secrete a portion of the tears of the eye. If these glands become injured from the infection or inflammation it will cause dry eyes to develop.
Treatment of Blepharitis
The main goal of treatment is directed at hygiene of the eyelids. It begins in the morning with applying a warm compress with a wet wash cloth for five to ten minutes. This helps to dilate blood vessels bringing in more circulation to help with controlling the problem. It also helps to help with any meibomian gland involvement stimulating the glands. This should be followed by lid scrubs to clean the lashes. The lashes and lids can be cleaned with baby shampoo and Q-tips. There are different lid cleaning systems available at the drug stores that have an antiseptic solution to help clean the lashes and lids. Antibiotic eye drops will be prescribed in cases where an infection is present. After instilling the eye drop into the eye it is good to rub any excess medication that runs out of the eye into the lashes. In severe cases oral antibiotics may be necessary. This is a chronic problem in many people and will require diligence in treating it.