Blepharitis, sometimes confused with “dry eye” or “itchy eye”, is a common eye condition that causes eyelids to be reddened, itchy, and somewhat swollen. Gradually, skin at the base of the eyelashes becomes flakey.
Associated descriptions of blepharitis that patients often describe are the feeling that something is in the eye, burning sensations, sensitivity to light, red and swollen eyes or eyelids, blurry vision, crusting of the eyelashes, loss of eyelashes, and, of course, dry eyes. As patches of flakey skin become coarser, the surface of the eye becomes irritated and forms crusts, which may cause the lids to stick together when waking up in the morning.
Blepharitis is a skin condition of the eyelids and is associated with infection, allergies, and skin conditions. If left untreated, blepharitis can lead to discomfort or even damage to your eyesight.
If you are suffering from chronic dry or itchy eyes and are diagnosed with having blepharitis, our eye doctors can prescribe you with Restasis opthalmic emulsion. This prescription helps to increase your eyes’ natural ability to produce tears and keep them moist while also reducing inflammation.