Eye and eyelid irritation can make your life miserable, as you may know all too acutely. Two of the most common conditions related to this kind of discomfort are dry eye and blepharitis. In addition to burning, itching and redness, both of these conditions can potentially lead to corneal inflammation or injury. The good news is that you don't have to live with constant eye or eyelid discomfort -- not when you have friends at Texas Eye Surgeons here in Plano, TX.
Dry eye isn't exactly a disease in its own right; instead, it's a syndrome that may be caused by an underlying disease, certain medications, lifestyle issues such as extended computer use, tear gland problems and/or simple aging. It can also by a side effect of LASIK or other forms of eye surgery. When your tear glands aren't producing the right mix of water, oils and mucous in the right quantities to maintain a constant tear film over the front of the eye, you may experience redness, itching, light hypersensitivity, vision problems and a persistent feeling that something is in your eye. Untreated dry eye can lead to corneal problems.
Blepharitis is an inflammation of the eye and eyelid caused by bacteria, oil gland problems, mites, allergies and other skin issues. This condition shares some symptoms with dry eye, including red, itchy, watery eyes and possibly blurred vision (and, in extreme cases, corneal inflammation), along with swollen, reddened, scaly, crusty eyelids and even loss of eyelashes. Anterior blepharitis involves the front of the eyelids, while the posterior variety involves blocked melbonian (oil) glands.
Our ophthalmologist, Dr. Ali, will be happy to help you overcome your case of dry eye or blepharitis. First, of course, the condition must be diagnosed correctly. For both conditions, this involves reviewing your medical history as well as evaluating your tear production and tear film composition. In the case of dry eye, for instance, we may find that a medication you're taking is causing or worsening your dry eye. Our Plano ophthalmologist will also examine the eye carefully to look for the trademark signs of bacterial infection or other blepharitis symptoms.
Both dry eye and blepharitis can be treated successfully by our Plano ophthalmologist. Dry eye may be remedied by a combination of eye drops, lifestyle changes, treatment of underlying medical conditions and possible changes to your current medications. If your tear glands are significantly impaired as a result of previous eye surgery, we can install punctal plugs to help the eyes retain moisture. Blepharitis may respond to warm compresses, eyelid scrubs, scrupulous eyelid hygiene and a procedure called melbonian gland expression to open up blocked oil glands.
Call (972) 379-3937 to schedule an appointment at Texas Eye Surgeons. We can soothe your eyes and restore your quality of life!