Ever wondered why your eyes seem sticky and crusty when you get up in the morning? You may have a condition that can easily be managed, but shouldn’t be left just to chance. You may have blepheritis.
Blepharitis refers to an inflammation of the eyelid and dryness near the lashes. This causes the crusting and flakiness that often causes the eyelids to become sticky overnight. The inflammation, according to experts, can cause red, iritated and itchy eyelids. One literally has a form of dandruff-like scales on the lashes.
This condition is common and affects people of all ages. It can be uncomfortable but is not contagious and usually doesn’t cause permanent damage to the eyes. The treatment is fairly simple and usually directed by a physician.
According to medical authorities, the causes of blepharitis include a bacterial infection or scalp dandruff. It will cause the eyes to itch and water and may feel like there is something in the eye. There is no cure for the condition, but there are treatment options that include certain medications, washing the eyes carefully and taking care of those conditions that ordinarily cause the problem, such as dandruff or skin infections.
The medical term blepharitis is often spelled blepheritis on some sites that may not be familiar with the spelling of certain medical conditions. In forum posts, folks talk about the condition, and refer to what their doctors might not initially tell them but that they find out later. . Among the issues discussed is the fact that the condition can be distressing and the dryness can spread to the upper eyelid and eyebrow as well. The typical treatment, including an initial ointment recommended by physicians to begin to work with the condition, includes washing the eyelashes with baby shampoo, with a Q-tip, then using a cotton swab dipped in baby shampoo to wash the eyelids well. Some of these treatments may not solve the problem, however, but it’s usual, according to those afflicted with the condition to try a number of remedies, including cool cloths to moisten the area and baby oil or aloe vera on the skin.
The condition of blepharitis may not cause serious health problems but it can be distressing for those who have it, especially since it continues to cause increased difficulty as one ages, given the fact that dry skin can be a problem. That’s true especially for diabetics.
So if you have itchy eyelids, check with your doctor for recommendations for treatment, because chances are the condition can be controlled; and you will find relief from this common, but irritating, condition.
American Optometric Association