Eye inflammation or Blepharitis usually is a sign of some kind of bacterial infection. As the name suggests, the most common symptom of the same is inflammation around the eyes area, especially the upper eyelid. This could be a warning sign of acne rosacea or even dry eyes. The cause of the inflammation should be determined to ensure the right line of treatment.
HOW IS EYELID INFLAMMATION DIAGNOSED?
Eye inflammation can be diagnosed by a the eye specialist based on the history as given by the patient and the physical examination. Taking a history includes a thorough discussion of symptoms that the patient is experiencing and a review of any general health problems that may be contributing to the eye problem. Occasionally, cultures are taken by swabbing the discharge and sending this to the laboratory. In some cases, an allergy evaluation may be required.
HOW IS EYELID INFLAMMATION TREATED?
The best way to treat Eyelid Inflammation is to keep the eyes clean and free of any foreign substance. While the doctor treats the condition after a thorough examination of the eye, antibiotics and ointments provide immediate relief.
DID YOU KNOW?
Eyelash loss is a potential complication of eyelid inflammation. This is caused by scarring in the hair follicles, which can make the lashes grow incorrectly. Extensive scarring can also prevent eyelash growth.
Common short-term complications of eyelid inflammation include dry eyes and pink eye. Long-term complications may include:
• scarring on the eyelid
• a stye (an infected lump that appears on the base of your eyelashes)
• chronic pink eye