Symptoms of Blepharitis

Blepharitis is a condition that involves inflammation of the eyelids. It is most commonly caused by a malfunction of the oil glands in the eyelids, although it can also be triggered by allergies, infection, and systemic diseases. In many cases, a regular cleaning routine – using lid scrubs and warm compresses – can help keep blepharitis under control. Other patients may need medication.

Signs and symptoms of blepharitis can include:

  • Itchy, irritated eyelids
  • Dry eyes
  • Flaking of skin on the eyelids
  • Burning sensation
  • Gritty feeling in the eye
  • Bubbly or frothy tears
  • Discomfort while wearing contact lenses

You may also notice red margins on your eyelids, or that your lashes feel “glued together” in the morning after waking up. Severe blepharitis can even cause scarring and mild ulceration of the eyelid margins.

Unfortunately, many cases of blepharitis are misdiagnosed as dry eye syndrome or recurrent conjunctivitis, which results in patients not getting the treatment they need. Our experienced Dallas eye doctor Dain B. Brooks, MD has extensive experience identifying, treating, and effectively managing blepharitis, along with a wide range of other eye diseases.

If you are experiencing symptoms of blepharitis, please contact Brooks Eye Associates today or call (972) 737-1182 to schedule an appointment. We serve patients in Plano, Frisco, and surrounding areas of Dallas, Texas.