Blepharitis Q & A


Blepharitis, or inflammation of the eyelid, can cause pain and discomfort requiring intervention from a qualified eye doctor. The specialists at Ford Eye Center treat blepharitis as well as other ophthalmic conditions and indications. Ford Eye Center serves the Arlington and Mansfield, Texas region.

What is Blepharitis?

Blepharitis is a long-term ophthalmic condition characterized by sore, inflamed, red eyelids, especially along the edges. Blepharitis can be unsightly, uncomfortable, and even painful.

What are the Signs and Symptoms of Blepharitis?

Blepharitis can occur in just 1 eye, but it most cases it affects both and is accompanied by:

  • Itchy, uncomfortable eyes or eyelids
  • Redness along the inner eyelid
  • Photosensitivity (sensitivity to light)
  • Sandy or gritty feeling in the eyes
  • Swelling eyelids
  • Eye discharge or crusted eyelashes
  • Inhibited eyelash growth

Patients experiencing any combination of these signs should schedule an appointment with the experts at Ford Eye Clinic for further evaluation. Once the doctor has determined the cause of the inflammation, he or she can develop a treatment plan designed to alleviate inflammation and associated symptoms and provide relief for the patient.

What Causes This Condition?

Like other eye infections, blepharitis can be caused by several different factors. In many cases, the cause is a bacterial or viral infection. In other cases, the patient doesn’t produce the right balance of lubrication to prevent friction between the eye and the lid. As the lid moves across the eye, it becomes more and more irritated and inflamed. Mites and seborrheic dermatitis have also been identified as possible causes or contributors to inflammation of the eyelid.

Only an eye doctor can identify the culprit behind each case of blepharitis. By scheduling an eye exam at Ford Eye Center, patients take the first step in identifying the cause and treating the condition.

What Treatment is Available for Blepharitis?

Blepharitis is considered a chronic ophthalmic condition because any treatment takes time before results are seen. Some common treatments include:

  • Warm compresses and lid massage
  • Antibiotics
  • Treatment to remove mites
  • Anti-parasitic gel
  • Omega-3 supplements
  • Tea tree oil

Treatment is considered ongoing. Patients can ensure that treatment is as effective as possible by communicating openly with their doctor regarding signs and symptoms.

What Kind of Eye Doctor is Most Qualified to Treat Blepharitis?

Any optometrist or ophthalmologist is qualified to treat blepharitis. Ford Eye Center has several qualified providers who have experience and expertise in the causes and treatment of this condition.