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Blepharitis is a common oily skin condition that overlaps with people with oily skin, dandruff conditions, and dry eye.
What is Blepharitis?
Common symptoms that you may experience include red/ puffy eyelids, mucus in the morning.
Blepharitis, or meibomian gland dysfunction, is an incredibly common condition that affects the eyelids.
Meibomian glands vertically line the eyelid, and the endings end by the eyelashes. We have more meibomian glands in the upper than the lower eyelid. Meibomian gland dysfunction results from clogged meibomian glands, and leads to red, irritated, itchy eyelids. It contributes to ocular surface disease, and can to worsening dry eye symptoms. Common symptoms include redness of the white part of the eye, tearing, burning, itching, variation in vision, eyelid crusting, eyelid thickening, loss of lashes, and oily dandruff on the lashes. Often, dry eye and blepharitis can overlap. There is a specific type of blepharitis called demodex blepharitis, that is a result of demodex mites living on the base of the eyelashes.
Both types of blepharitis are not correlated with hygiene, diet, or lifestyle, and are not contagious in any way. You can think of them as a variant of an oily skin condition such as acne. Although it is a chronic condition, it usually comes and goes over the course of several years.
Treatment initially involves a daily regimen of warm compresses and a foam such as Ocusoft or Avenova on a circular cotton pad or Q tip to remove the excess oil from the eyelids. The heat helps open up the glands and the foam then removes the excess oil. Additional treatments can include drops, ointment, manual expression of the glands (in the office) and an oral antibiotic such as Doxycycline.
Untreated blepharitis can lead to hordeolum, or styes. These are treated also with heat, and with more medicated drops and ointment. A steroid injection helps expedite the recovery, and occasionally an excision is needed. Timely treatment can help prevent a stye from becoming large and more difficult to treat.
Prevention and maintenance of blepharitis is important to not let the disease get out of control and lead to styes.
What to Expect?
At Manhattan Eye, Dr. Rapoport provides individualized treatment to each stye and provides a customized prevention plan to ensure that the underlying condition of clogged oil glands is treated and the stye does not recur again. By focusing on a wellness prevention approach, Dr. Rapoport allows for a more conservative treatment plan. Dr. Rapoport also provides facetime consultation if you are not able to make it into the office for these uncomfortable situations.
WHY CHOOSE MANHATTAN EYE?
Blepharitis with Dr. Rapoport in NYC
Blepharitis is an ongoing (chronic) condition and prevention is key. Dr. Rapoport provides guidance, detailed explanation of the condition, and focuses on keeping his condition under control so it does not flare up leading to styes, red and irritated eyelids, and an unsightly condition.
Dr. Rapoport was fantastic - she explained all my options in detail and was very diligent in giving me instructions pre/post operations - even when I asked twice/three times. She's always available to talk and super empathetic. I could not recommend a better eye surgeon!”
I feel confident in her abilities - and it is my eyesight afterall!”