Blepharitis

Blepharitis is a common condition that causes inflammation of the eyelids. It is characterized by redness, swelling, styes, cysts, and flaky crusts at the eyelid margin and along the lash line. Symptoms also include scratchy, swollen, tender, and irritated eyes.

Various types of bacteria can cause blepharitis. It may be chronic or acute in presentation. People with skin conditions such as rosacea, acne, and eczema are more prone to have flare-ups. Poor facial hygiene can also be a contributing factor.

Types of Blepharitis

There are various types of this condition. Anterior blepharitis occurs on the outside of the eye. You may see redness, swelling, and possibly crust near the line of the eyelashes. Posterior blepharitis happens near the inside of the eyelid where it contacts the eye and can be due to problems with the lubricating meibomian glands inside the eyelids. Both forms of blepharitis require treatment to maintain appearance and eye comfort.

Blepharitis Treatment

There are many treatment options. They include over-the-counter remedies and prescription eyedrops and ointments. Occasionally, minor eyelid surgery is necessary to remove cysts when topical treatments are unsuccessful. In rare cases, ongoing treatment may be required to keep the eyes comfortable and symptom-free. Eyelid hygiene can help maintain eye comfort and appearance. Routine care includes frequent face washing, cleaning the scalp, eyelid scrubs, and sometimes doing a soak or warm compress.

Dr. Rick and Angie Olson can diagnose this eye health condition or spot other potential problems during a comprehensive eye exam. If you have any concerns about your eyes or questions about changes to your vision, please contact us or speak with us at your next appointment.

We are pleased to announce that Olson Eye Care will be reopening for routine eye care on Monday, May 18th.

Patients will be asked pre-screening questions and masks are required for all patients and employees.

We are being diligent with disinfecting measures throughout the day in addition to following the protocols established by the Wisconsin Optometric Association.

All visits will be by appointment only.  This includes eyewear purchases, dispensing, adjustments, and repair. Please no walk-ins.

Our parking garage is closed so please park on the street (Commerce Dr.) near our front door.

Please contact us if you have any questions and we thank you for your understanding and support of our local business.

We look forward to seeing our patients and wish you all a safe and healthy spring.

Sincerely,

Dr Rick, Dr Angie, Dr Mary Ellen and the entire Olson Eye Care Team.