What Is Blepharitis

Blepharitis is inflammation of the eyelids generally caused by excessive bacteria growth.

Signs You May Have Blepharitis

  • crusting of the lids upon waking
  • itchiness at the eyelid margin
  • redness of the eyelid margin
  • scaling or flaking on the eyelashes
  • swelling of the eyelid margin

Blepharitis Symptoms

  • burning sensation
  • decreased vision
  • dryness
  • foreign body sensation
  • redness

Types Of Blepharitis

  • Anterior:  Affects the outer portion of the eyelid and results in bacterial overgrowth.  It can be further divided into Demodex, Seborrheic, and Staphyloccal blepharitis.
  • Posterior:  Affects the oil producing glands within the eyelid.  It can be further divided into Meibomian blepharitis and Ocular Rosacea.
  • Mixed:  Affects portions of both the outer and inner eyelid.

Treatment of Blepharitis

The symptoms of blepharitis can overlap with more serious infections and inflammatory conditions that can seriously affect vision so an examination with your eye doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment is recommended.  The treatment of blepharitis will vary dependent on the type and severity of blepharitis.

Learn more about blepharitis and schedule an appointment today. Gray Family Vision has two greater Portland Maine locations to serve you in Gray and Windham. Since 1989, we have been serving the entire Lakes Region Area including Auburn, Casco, Bridgeton, Cumberland, Falmouth, Freeport, Fryeburg, Lewiston, Naples, New Gloucester, North Conway, North Yarmouth, Raymond, Sanford, and Yarmouth.