Blepharitis Care for Okmulgee, Bixby, and South Tulsa
If you suffer from constant or recurring eye irritation, redness, and dryness, you may have a condition known as blepharitis. This chronic issue can seriously limit your quality of life, so it's good to know that you can find relief for the condition in Okmulgee, Bixby, or South Tulsa here at The Eye Center. Our optometry team can evaluate your symptoms and help you minimize your misery going forward.
Blepharitis may be one of the most common eye problems that most people have never heard of. Nearly half of the U.S. population suffers from an excess of fungi or bacteria that settle into the edges of the upper or lower eyelids. Mites then feast on the film created by this overgrowth, while the oil-producing glands along the inner surfaces of the eyelids become blocked, causing your tear film composition to become unbalanced.
Blepharitis can prove extraordinarily irritating. Common symptoms of blepharitis include red, itchy, dry, gritty-feeling eyes. You may also notice a hardened discharge on the eyelids, or even missing eyelashes. While most cases of blepharitis are not a cause for alarm, it should be noted that chronic dry eye and eye irritation can do damage to the corneas. In the meantime, you may not even be able to wear your contacts. The sooner you get your blepharitis treated, the happier and healthier your eyes will be.
Our Eye Doctor Can Help You Cope
Our eye doctors at The Eye Center, Dr. Ward and Dr. Hall, are more than happy to examine your eyes and eyelids for the telltale signs of blepharitis, which may actually lead us to some other underlying condition. For instance, we may find that your eye redness is caused by an infection that needs treatment, or that you're allergic to your contact lens solution.
Chronic blepharitis tends to recur, but our optometry team can help you keep it under control. We can show you how to apply warm compresses and other soothing techniques to remove crust and ease discomfort. Eyelid scrubs can prove highly effective at minimizing the accumulation of bacteria, fungi, and mites. You may even benefit from treatments to restore normal oil-gland flow, thus relieving the chronic eye dryness associated with blepharitis.
Call Either Optometrist on Our Team Today
If you're tired of withstanding the discomfort of blepharitis, do your eyes a big favor by paying a visit to The Eye Center. Call our Okmulgee or South Tulsa office to set up an appointment with either optometrist on our team!