Blepharitis is a relatively common eye disorder in both children and adults. Symptoms include burning, itching, redness and swelling of the eyelids as well as eye irritation, dry eye, tearing and crusty debris around the lash line (especially after sleep). Causes of blepharitis include bacteria and allergies. A special eyelid cleaning regime and — in severe cases — antibiotics can help manage this chronic condition.
Styes and Chalazion
Oftentimes, a stye and chalazion are mistakenly confused and referred to as the same thing. But they are different.
A stye is an inflammation or infection of the eyelid, usually resulting from a blocked oil-producing gland at the base of an eye lash. A stye may cause light sensitivity, tearing and the feeling of a foreign body in the eye. Localized pain and discomfort is to be expected as the stye comes to a head. Warm compresses often help resolve a stye, and it’s important to note that you should never force a sty to drain because it could result in an eye infection. If sties are a repeating issue, regular application of an antibiotic might be prescribed.
A chalazion is a painless lump or bump on the eyelid that’s typically caused by a stye that becomes infected and grows. However, you can get a chalazion without having a stye first. While benign, a chalazion can press on the eye and cause blurred vision. Warm compresses and massage of the eyelid can help the chalazion drain. If not effective, an in-office procedure or corticosteroid injections at Yaldo Eye Center can clear the contents of the chalazion.
Treatment for Eyelid Conditions
Different eyelid conditions require different treatments. The vision experts at Yaldo Eye Center can help diagnosis your eyelid condition and recommend a treatment based on that diagnosis.