Blepharitis is a chronic inflammatory condition of the eyelids, usually caused by an imbalance of the natural skin bacteria. It can also be caused by allergies, demodex infestation, and other irritants. In some cases, excess secretions and blockage of the oils glands in the eye lids cause red, irritated, thick lids, and the for mation of styes
Treatment consists of a combination of lid hygiene, warm compresses, topical and oral antibiotics. It can take weeks to months for the condition to be controlled.
When the usual recommended treatments are not sufficient, a short series of in-office blepharitis treatments may reduce symptoms more rapidly.
The treatment begins with cleaning the eyelashes and lid margins, then applying the patient’s warming mask (from the patient’s own eyelid care kit purchased at Mirate Eye Center). Next, excess secretions are expressed from the oil glands, the eyes are rinsed, and prescription antibiotic is applied directly to the oil gland openings in the eye lids. The entire procedure takes about 20 minutes, and can be repeated monthly as needed.