If you have been told you have Blepharitis, you also have Meibomian Gland Dysfunction and Chronic Dry Eye Syndrome. They co-exist. Treating one is not enough for full recovery
Blepharitis and chronic dry eye syndrome are closely related.
Do you ever wonder why your eyes are constantly dry, red, and you may have crust build up on your eye lids. You use eye drops, hot compress, eye lid cleanser, and your eyes are still red, dry, crusty, and irritable. Your doctor may have told you that you have Blepharitis.
What is BlepharitisBlepharitis is a recurring condition caused by inflammation of the eye lids. Meibomian tear glands are often involved. Meibomian glands are responsible for making your tear thick so it does not evaporate quickly. Meibomian gland clogging can cause eye infections and inflammation which exacerbates the dry eye symptoms.
Common causes of Blepharitis include:
- Immune system problems -e.g. Sjogrens
- Hormone changes
- Bacteria- eye infections treated with antibiotics.
- Dermatitis (rosacea, dandruff,) sometimes allergies.
Typical Treatments for Blepharitis are:1. Eye lid cleaning- to stop bacteria and mites from reattaching, use eye lid cleanser that has hypochlor. Baby shampoo doesn't work to stop reinfection.
2. Wet hot compress to loosen meibomian gland clogging daily followed by gentle massage of both upper and lower eye lids.
3. Antibiotics , prescription eye drop
4. Steroid eye drops
How is Blepharitis related to Dry Eye?Symptoms of Blepharitis are very similar to chronic dry eye syndrome. The symptoms are red, dry, blurry vision, watery, tired, light sensitivity and often wake up with a crusty eyelashes.
The most common cause of Blepharitis is Meibomian Gland Dysfuncton (MGD)- where the meibomian gland contains an abnormal or absent lipid. The abnormality destabilizes the tear film and can lead to evaporative dry eye –the root cause of Chronic Dry Eye Syndrome. While MGD can initially appear without inflammation, it will often progress to a more inflamed condition.
What does your eye care doctor look for?During and exam, the eye specialist usually looks a the patient’s eyes through a slit lamp, a microscopy-like instrument, to view the eye in more detail. In people with Meibomian Gland Dysfunction( MGD), the doctor will see plugged glands and thickened secretions. The doctor also will see very rapid tear film breakup (Tear Breakup Test of 5 seconds or less), a tell tail sign of MGD.
The doctor often will press on the eyelid to “express” the secretions to determine if the glands are producing lipids, and see what it looks like. The doctor notes how easily the secretion comes out, and if the secretion is cloudy, with debris, and is thick, like toothpaste, in advanced cases.
Unfortunately, Blepharitis tends to recur. And this condition can be very frustrating!
How can TheraLife Eye Help?
TheraLife Eye is effective in reducing inflammation and stimulates tear flow for chronic dry eye relief. Often people with chronic dry eyes also have Blepharitis. Treating chronic dry eyes reduces the inflammation, and also helps to reduce the recurrence of blepharitis. It is highly recommended that those who have Blepharitis stay on TheraLife Eye long term to increase the rate of success.
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