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Blepharitis and Dry Eye Syndrome

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Blepharitis and dry eye syndrome are two eye conditions that often occur together.

What is Blepharitis?

Blepharitis is a condition that causes inflammation of the eyelids, leading to enlarged and swollen eyelids.

Aside from swelling, symptoms of blepharitis include eyelid redness, itching, and flaking. When left untreated, blepharitis can cause meibomian gland dysfunction, which leads to a decrease in oil production and can ultimately cause dry eye syndrome.

What is Dry Eye Syndrome?

Dry eye syndrome occurs when your eyes do not produce enough tears or the tears evaporate too quickly. Symptoms of dry eye syndrome include burning, itching, and dryness in the eyes, which can lead to discomfort and vision problems. Severe cases of dry eye syndrome can result in corneal damage and even vision loss.

What are Treatment Options?

Treatment options may include cleaning the eyelids, using artificial tears or lubricating eye drops, and managing underlying conditions like allergies or skin conditions.

If you have blepharitis or dry eye symptoms, it’s important to see an eye doctor. They can diagnose the condition and provide appropriate treatment to alleviate your symptoms.

If you are experiencing any eye discomfort or irritation, don't hesitate to seek professional help. Call us at Midwest Dry Eye Center in Long Grove & Glenview and schedule an appointment today.