Blepharitis in Nashville, TN
Blepharitis is a condition that causes symptoms similar to dry eye. If you have tried to treat your dry eye with no success, you may need treatment for blepharitis. Jeffrey D. Horn, MD, of Vision for Life offers treatment for blepharitis for the residents of Nashville, Brentwood, Bellevue and the surrounding communities of Tennessee.
What is Blepharitis?
Blepharitis is a condition of the eye that involves an inflammation of the lower and/or upper eyelid. Dr. Horn will categorize your blepharitis as:
- Anterior, meaning that it affects the location where the eyelashes grow from the outer eyelid
- Posterior, meaning that the condition is related to a problem with the oil glands in the eyelids
Blepharitis can be caused by having dry eyes or a bacterial condition. When your eyes are dry, irritants cannot be flushed from the eye properly. Patients with acne rosacea also commonly develop blepharitis because pimples can form on the tear glands of the eye. In these cases, the condition is referred to as ocular rosacea.
Benefits of Treatment for Blepharitis
Blepharitis produces symptoms that interfere with your daily activities. Many patients believe that their symptoms are caused by dry eye and try to treat the problem on their own. Unfortunately, leaving blepharitis untreated by an ophthalmologist can lead to serious complications that are much more difficult to resolve.
What are the Symptoms of Blepharitis?
The symptoms of blepharitis are different for each patient. You may experience:
- Irritation and redness
- Feeling like you have something in your eye
- Excess tearing
- Thick, foamy tears
- Crusting on the eyelids
- A sty on the eyelid near the base of the eyelashes
What Can I Expect from Treatment for Blepharitis?
The first step in your treatment for blepharitis is a comprehensive examination of your eyelids. Dr. Horn may take cultures to examine under a microscope. Common treatments include:
- Solutions to wash the eyes
- Warm compresses
- Antibiotic ointments or drops
Research has shown that increasing the omega fatty acids in your diet reduces the risk of developing blepharitis.
Once the treatment is successful, you should take measures to reduce the likelihood of a recurrence.
- Wash your hands and face thoroughly.
- Avoid rubbing your eyes.
- Women should remove their makeup before going to sleep.
Is Treatment for Blepharitis Right for Me?
You may be at risk for developing blepharitis if you:
- Work in a location that has high amounts of dust and other particles in the air
- Spend a significant amount of time outdoors
- Have acne rosacea, dandruff, eczema, skin allergies and other similar conditions
If you have tried to treat your dry eye symptoms with at-home remedies, but the condition has not improved, you may need treatment for blepharitis. Dr. Horn evaluates your eyes to determine the treatment that you need.
How Much Does Blepharitis Treatment Cost in Nashville?
The cost of your blepharitis treatment may be covered by your vision and medical insurance. We accept cash, check and major credit cards, including Visa®, MasterCard®, and American Express®, for your out-of-pocket costs, such as a co-payment, deductible and co-insurance, and any other remaining balance. Financing is available through Alphaeon™ Credit and CareCredit®.
At Vision for Life, our ophthalmologist, Jeffrey D. Horn, MD, offers dry eye treatment for blepharitis for the residents of Nashville, Murfreesboro and the surrounding communities of Tennessee. For more information or to schedule a consultation, please contact us today!