Blepharitis Treatment from Our Eye Doctor in Columbia, MO

Blepharitis is one of the most common types of eye disorders that can cause discomfort on a daily basis. It's estimated that around 15 to 25 percent of the population in the United States are affected by Blepharitis in some way, shape, or form. Blepharitis can lead to a host of other symptoms, which can make it difficult to live with this chronic condition.

At Andrew Stone Optometry in Columbia, MO, we want to help you feel relief from your Blepharitis and find the best treatment to reduce flare-ups. We'll help you get the care you need to reduce inflammation and other symptoms, as well as provide follow-up care for Blepharitis and other conditions.

Blepharitis

What Is Blepharitis?

Blepharitis is a condition that is characterized by redness, inflammation, and itchy eyelids. Blepharitis can be caused by something as simple as seborrheic dermatitis (also known as dandruff), or the chronic blockage of oil glands in the eyelids. Blepharitis is, in essence, a swelling of the eyelids. This can also lead to symptoms such as:

  • Dry skin around the eyelids
  • Crust build-up on the eyelashes
  • Inability to fully open the eyes
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Frequent blinking

Unfortunately, Blepharitis seems to be a chronic condition that needs constant treatment to address. Blepharitis can impact anyone at any age, and it can be difficult to diagnose without help from an eye doctor. Because Blepharitis has a tendency to stick around, it's important to get the help from an optometrist who can help provide you with the best treatment and advice to treat your Blepharitis.

How Does an Optometrist Help My Blepharitis?

Our optometrist will conduct an eye exam to determine if your symptoms of red, itchy, and swollen eyes are caused by Blepharitis or another condition, such as an eye infection. By conducting an eye exam and taking a look at your eyes, eyelids, and surrounding tissues, our eye doctor will determine the best course of treatment for your condition.

For Blephartis treatment, Dr. Stone uses a BlephEx device. This is a quick in-office procedure performed by an eyecare professional. The device uses a medical grade micro-sponge to treat the edge of your eyelids and lashes. The procedure is quite painless and most patients only report a tickling sensation.

We may also recommend lifestyle changes to improve your hygiene, such as using warm compresses to get rid of excess oil that can lead to Blepharitis. Other treatments can include using medications such as eye drops and antibacterial ointments. Some cases of Blepharitis are caused by bacterial buildup, so using these ointments has been shown to reduce swelling.

Find Relief Today at Andrew Stone Optometry

At Andrew Stone Optometry in Columbia, MO, we aim to help our clients achieve relief from Blepharitis and get them the treatment they need to reduce their symptoms. Call us today to schedule an appointment and see how we can help you get the eye care you need!

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