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Blepharitis: Chronically Red Eyelids

Do you have chronically red eyelids? If so, you may have a condition known as Blepharitis. Blepharitis is caused by an inflammation of the eyelid that can result in itchiness, redness, crusting, and discharge of the eye. This inflammation is a result of an overgrowth of bacteria on the eyelid. Although we all have this type of harmless bacteria on our skin, it becomes a problem when a large amount of it accumulates in one specific area. Blepharitis is closely related to Rosacea, which is a common skin disease that affects areas of the face. Blepharitis can also be compared to dandruff, since it often results in dandruff-like scales around the eyelashes. Some ways to cope with this disease are to use warm, damp compresses on the eyelid followed by a light scrub to remove bacteria and loosen debris. There are also ointments and drops for the eye that are very effective in treating this condition.

To discuss your symptoms and find out more about your options in dealing with this condition, call us at Eye Center South to schedule your evaluation. 334-793-2211 or 800-467-1393