Do You Have Dry Eye? Blepharitis May be to Blame!
Learn About Our Blepharitis Treatment in San Francisco
Dry eye syndrome is a chronic condition caused by insufficient lubrication on your eye surface or by a poor tear composition. Tears rinse away foreign matter from your eyes, coat your eyeball with enzymes that protect against harmful bacteria, and keep your vision smooth and moist. Without enough tears, a range of symptoms can appear. These symptoms differ from person to person – some people experience only mild discomfort, while others complain of sharp, burning pain. Yet, no matter how you see it, dry eye is an annoying condition that gets in the way of comfortable vision.
Typical Symptoms of Dry Eye
- Scratchy and itchy eyes
- Stinging or burning
- Feeling that sand or grit is stuck in your eye
- Blurry vision
- Excess tearing and watery eyes
What Causes Dry Eye?
A variety of culprits can be behind the development of dry eye syndrome.
- Long periods spent gazing at a computer or television (due to reduced blinking)
- Blepharitis (eyelid inflammation)
- Dry, dusty and/or windy climates
- Extended wearing of contact lenses
- Aging or hormonal changes, especially in women, are a typical cause of dry eyes. (In general, women over the age of 50 have a 50% greater risk of developing dry eye syndrome than men of the same age.)
- Medical conditions such as lupus, diabetes, thyroid problems, and arthritis
- Medications that reduce tear production: antihistamines, antidepressants, blood pressure drugs
- Air conditioning and heating
- LASIK eye surgery
What is Dry Eye Treatment?
There are a variety of treatments for dry eye syndrome. The one that is best for you will be determined by the cause and severity of your individual condition. Mild cases of dry eye often respond well to lubricating eye drops or ointments, while other cases may require prescription eye drops. Punctal inserts and punctal plugs may be good options for more extreme dry eye. We will perform a comprehensive eye exam to diagnose your dry eye and decide upon the most suitable treatment.
Blepharitis and Dry Eye
If you suffer from blepharitis, you’re in the company of about 30 million other people in the United States! Characterized by swollen, irritated eyelids, this common condition is found across all age and population groups. Our eye doctors frequently diagnose blepharitis and prescribe treatment in San Francisco.
Blepharitis is due to an overgrowth of bacteria on the eyelid. The condition has two categories:
- Anterior blepharitis affects the outer eyelid surface and is usually caused by dandruff or bacteria.
- Posterior blepharitis presents on the inner eyelid surface and is typically caused by a problem with the eyelid’s oil glands.
Blepharitis is a common cause of dry eye. Fortunately, it can be treated effectively, thereby bringing relief from the painful symptoms of both blepharitis and dry eye syndrome.
Blephex – Blepharitis Treatment in San Francisco
One advanced treatment option for blepharitis is Blephex, a revolutionary new system that exfoliates and cleans your eyelids precisely. The growth of bacteria can build up on eyelids, eventually causing discomfort and damage. Until now, eyelid hygiene was tricky and complicated. Yet Blephex changed this for good!
To perform Blephex, our eye doctor will use a specialized handpiece fit with a micro-sponge that cleans the tissue along the edge of your eyelashes. Generally, we will first apply numbing eye drops to ensure that you don’t feel a thing. Start to finish, the whole Blephex procedure takes approximately 7 minutes. For best results, we recommend that you repeat Blephex every 4-6 months.
Blephex can eliminate your need for regular eye drops and topical prescription drugs as blepharitis treatment. It removes the excess accumulation of bacteria, biofilm and toxins that are mainly responsible for eyelid disease and dry eye.
For relief from dry eye caused by blepharitis, call us for more information about Blephex and other methods of blepharitis treatment and emergency eye care in San Francisco.