Blepharitis Specialist

Michael C. Shulkin, OD -  - Optometrist

Santa Rosa Optometry

Michael C. Shulkin, OD

Optometrist located in Santa Rosa, CA

Blepharitis causes chronic inflammation of the eyelid and can occur in both adults and children. Michael C. Shulkin, OD, and the team of experts at Santa Rosa Optometry can help you manage your blepharitis symptoms so you won’t have to suffer through the pain and embarrassment of an untreated flare-up. To learn more, or to schedule an eye exam, call the office in Santa Rosa, California, today, or make an appointment online.

Blepharitis

What is blepharitis?

Blepharitis is a chronic inflammation of the eyelid. It usually affects the area where the eyelashes meet the eyelid.

This disease can occur in people of all ages, though it’s most common in adults. It’s not contagious and can be treated.

What causes blepharitis?

Blepharitis is most common in adults, but children can also have the condition. Many factors can contribute to blepharitis, including:

  • Bacteria
  • Clogged oil glands
  • Allergies
  • Rosacea

Blepharitis isn’t caused by poor hygiene, and it isn’t usually dangerous to your eyesight, although it can be quite painful.

What are the symptoms of blepharitis?

The most common symptoms of blepharitis include:

  • Redness in the eye area
  • Itching
  • Watery eyes
  • Swollen eyelids
  • An unusual pattern of eyelash growth

Blepharitis can cause complications, including styes, blocked oil glands, chronic pink eye, dry eyes, and other conditions. It can also make wearing contact lenses difficult.

How is blepharitis diagnosed?

If you have blepharitis symptoms, your expert Santa Rosa Optometry provider will carefully examine your eyes and eyelids, and review your medical history, to determine if you have the condition. They may also recommend you have allergy tests, or additional diagnostics, to determine if there’s an underlying condition contributing to your symptoms.

What is the treatment for blepharitis?

Blepharitis is a chronic condition that can’t be cured, but the skilled team at Santa Rosa Optometry can help you control the condition, so it doesn’t cause you discomfort and interfere with your quality of life. Treatment depends on the individual factors that contribute to your condition.

Common options for controlling blepharitis flare-ups include:

  • Antibiotic eyedrops to fight bacterial infection
  • Steroid eye drops to reduce inflammation
  • Cyclosporine eye drops to relieve symptoms

In addition to prescription options, your provider may recommend a daily eyelid wash to help clear debris, remove bacteria or irritants, and prevent flare-ups.

If rosacea, a skin condition, allergies, or another health condition is causing your blepharitis, you may need to see an additional specialist to treat your underlying condition. Your Santa Rosa Optometry provider will work with your specialist to make sure you’re receiving the proper treatment to alleviate your symptoms.

To learn more about blepharitis so you can control your flare-ups and regain control over your life, call Santa Rosa Optometry today to schedule an eye exam, or make an appointment online.