Itchy, watery, and swollen eyes are no laughing matter. While many people think this condition might be due to simple allergies or dry eyes, blepharitis might also be to blame. At Eye Site in Katy and Memorial, TX, our eye doctor and the rest of our team can help you get to the root of your itchy eyes and find relief. Read below for a comprehensive understanding of blepharitis and how we can help,
What Is Blepharitis?
Blepharitis is a chronic condition that affects the eyelids. It occurs when the edge of the eyelid becomes inflamed from bacterial infections, blocked oil glands, or both. Symptoms of blepharitis include redness and swelling along the eyelid margin, itching, a burning sensation in the eyes, and a droopy eyelid, among others. In addition, you might also experience vision problems caused by blepharitis, including blurry vision or light sensitivity.
The symptoms of blepharitis can be mild to severe, depending on the underlying cause. You must have your eyes examined and treated by an eye doctor as soon as possible.
How Is Blepharitis Diagnosed?
If you're experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned above, you must make an appointment with us immediately. Our optometrist will perform a comprehensive eye exam to assess your ocular health and look for signs of blepharitis. We may also use special dyes to diagnose your condition. In addition, we will use imaging tests like optical coherence tomography or a slit lamp examination to get a closer look at your eye and eyelid health.
For some patients, other causes of itchy eyes may need to be ruled out before a definitive diagnosis of blepharitis can be made. Our eye doctor might refer you to an allergist for further testing in these cases.
How Is Blepharitis Treated?
Once our optometrist has diagnosed your blepharitis, we’ll work with you to create a treatment plan that meets your needs. Treatment typically involves using warm compresses on the eyelids and cleaning them with a mild cleanser. If the condition is severe, you may also need to use over-the-counter medications, like antibiotic ointments or corticosteroid drops. Our eye doctor will monitor your progress throughout treatment and make any necessary adjustments to ensure you get the best results.
Schedule an Appointment at Eye Site
Don't let itchy, watery eyes keep you from living a healthy life. Contact Eye Site today for comprehensive blepharitis care in Katy and Memorial, TX. Our eye doctor can provide the relief you need to get back to feeling your best! Call us at our Katy (281) 644-2010 or our Memorial (713) 984-9144 location.