If your little one is experiencing crusting of the eyelids, redness of the eyelid margin, or redness in the eye, he may have developed blepharitis. Blepharitis is an inflammation in the oily glands of the eyelid resulting in swollen eyelids and excessive crusting of the eyelashes. The most recent edition of Columbia University Medical Center’s newsletter, Pediatric Eye News, discusses blepharitis and emphasizes a few key points that all parents should know.
How is Blepharitis Caused?
The causes of Blepharitis vary with the patient, but it’s most frequently associated with bacterial overgrowth on the eyelids. Skin conditions such as rosacea and seborrhea have also known to cause blepharitis.
What Are the Symptoms?
Aside from crusting of the eyelids, occasionally, eyelashes are missing from the eye. If the surface of the eye appears to be irritated then the conjunctiva may be infected as well. Blepharitis is commonly bilateral and doesn’t affect a person’s ability to see.
Blepharitis can be classified into two types: anterior and posterior. Anterior blepharitis occurs at the outside front edge of the eyelid while posterior blepharitis affects the inner edge of the eyelid that touches the eyeball.
How is Blepharitis Treated?
Your child’s treatment will be determined based on his age, the extent of the condition, and his healthcare provider. Typically, warm compresses and eyelid hygiene are the mainstays of blepharitis treatment. There is some evidence that suggests omega-3 fatty acids can improve the quality of the eye over time.
Is Blepharitis Contagious?
Although conjunctivitis can develop in association with blepharitis, there is no evidence that proves the disease can be passed from one person to another.
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