Your eye, complicated organ that it is, can sometimes have discharge. This discharge happens for a variety of reasons, but when it dries up on the eyelids or lashes, it becomes crusty and you get that itchy, greasy, sore feeling.
“In a 2009 survey, carried out in the US, 37% of patients seen by an ophthalmologist, and almost half (47%) of patients seen by an optometrist had signs of blepharitis.”
Blepharitis is an ailment that affects the area around the eyes and eyelashes causing inflammation.
An eyelid infection is considered the acute form of Blepharitis. This can be either viral or bacterial.
Chronic forms of inflammation of the eye are known as blepharitis
Although the underlying causes of blepharitis have not been found, we know that bacteria are involved. However, this does not point to poor hygiene.
There are two types of blepharitis:
“…usually caused by bacteria (staphylococcal blepharitis) or dandruff of the scalp and eyebrows (seborrheic blepharitis). In rare cases, it is caused by allergies or an infestation of the eyelashes by mites or lice.” Eye Health Web
“The inflammation causes thickening of the oil secretions so that the oil does not flow as well, causing secondary dry eye and chronic inflammation, redness, thickening, and notching of the eyelid margin.” Eye Health Web
The following are the most symptoms that may indicate blepharitis or eye infection;
There are few causes of blepharitis
Chronic blepharitis has no cure yet. However, one can manage the symptoms with a variety of treatments and sometimes medication. Although symptoms improve with treatment, they often recur. However, even when severe, it is unlikely that blepharitis will become a serious condition, unless left untreated in which case you could injure your eye and cause scarring.
Using a warm compress works to help clean the eye. The heat and dampness work to soften the crusty flakes around your eyes. The heat likewise works to encourage the movement of oil from the Meibomian glands
Just like the warm compress, this mix helps to loosen the debris left on the eyelid. Gently rubbing also promotes oil production and removes clogged oils from your eye glands.
Your doctor may recommend the use of some medication to aid in relieving the symptoms of blepharitis, especially in severe cases.
It is easy to take steps towards preventing blepharitis or crusty eyelids;
Remember to see your eye doctor at least once a year for a checkup.