If you’ve been experiencing eye irritation for a significant amount of time, you could suffer from an ocular condition known as blepharatis. Blepharatis is an irritable and chronic eye condition that afflicts many individuals, including those who wear contact lenses.  While many people may experience a sudden disappearance of blepharatis on its own (this usually occurs over the span of two to four weeks), other individuals may discover that they need to seek out treatment.

At Envision Eye and Laser Center in Bowie, Maryland (also serving the greater Washington D.C. and Prince George’s county areas), Renee Bovelle, M.D. provides excellent care in treating patients with blepharatis.

So how do you know if you’re suffering from blepharatis – and what kind of treatments can you expect?

Symptoms of Blepharatis

As this ocular condition can be caused for a variety of reasons, it’s important for people to understand its symptoms.  These can include the following:

  • Redness of the eyelids and eyes
  • Crusting around and on the lid margins, with apex achieved in the morning upon waking
  • Flaking of eyelid skin
  • Gritty sensations within the eye
  • Reduced vision in the affected eye
  • Debris within the eye (this is typically visible under magnification)

Other less common symptoms of blepharatis include sensitivity to light, dark lids, and swelling.  This is usually indicative of advanced blepharatis, which will require a greater degree of treatment by an ophthalmologists.

Blepharatis Treatment

At Envision Eye and Laser Center, Dr. Bovelle has a wide variety of treatments that can be used to eliminate blepharatis symptoms.  Depending on the severity of the condition, these treatments can include the following:

  • Removal of the eyelid debris.  If it’s determined that the blepharatis is caused by debris, Dr. Bovelle can prescribe custom treatments to clear up the symptoms.
  • Application of antibiotics.  This will generally continue after the patient’s visit to Envision Eye and Laser Center to ensure that blepharatis is effectively treated.
  • Avoidance of eye makeup.  Blepharatis symptoms can be exacerbated by makeup, so patients should take Dr. Bovelle’s advice and discontinue wearing eye makeup until the symptoms dissipate.
  • Treatment of dysfunctional tear syndrome. This usually occurs with Blepharatis and can lead to red, irritated eyes.

An additional treatment for blepharitis is BlephEx™. With BlephEx™ Dr. Bovelle can safely clean and exfoliate your eyelids and lashes. Click here to learn more about this treatment.

At Envision Eye and Laser Center patients can expect to experience superior care and treatment of their blepharatis symptoms. Our Bowie, MD office is just a short drive from Washington DC, Silver Spring MD and all of Prince George’s county. To learn more fill out the form in the top left corner or call 301-805-4664.