Blepharitis and Dry Eye Syndrome

Information about Blepharitis and Dry Eye Syndrome


Blepharitis is an inflammation the affects the eyelids. It is usually caused by an excess growth of bacteria that is ordinarily found on the skin, blockage of the eyelid's oil glands, and occasionally allergies.

Blepharitis is a common eye condition, causing the eyelids to be reddened, itchy, and somewhat swollen and scaly-appearing at the base of the eyelashes. It is the most common cause of dry eyes.

Symptoms of Blepharitis are:

  • Watery eyes
  • Red eyes
  • A gritty, burning sensation in the eye
  • Eyelids that appear greasy
  • Itchy eyelids
  • Red, swollen eyelids
  • Flaking of the skin around the eyes
  • Crusted eyelashes upon awakening
  • Eyelid sticking
  • More frequent blinking
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Eyelashes that grow abnormally
  • Loss of eyelashes

Blepharitis cannot be cured, however it can be treated. During your appointment with Dr. Calotti you will be given simple maintenance instructions to follow.


Dry Eye Disease

Tears are needed to lubricate the eyes and to wash away particles and foreign objects. A healthy tear film on the eye is necessary for good vision. Dry eyes develop when the eye is unable to maintain a healthy coating of tears. Dry eye usually occurs in people who are otherwise healthy. It becomes more common with age. Dry eye disease can occur for a number of different reasons; some of those being from hormonal changes that make your eyes produce fewer tears, a dry environment, sun exposure, smoking or certain medications.

Common Symptoms Of Dry Eye Disease:

  • Redness
  • Burning
  • Itching
  • Fluctuation in vision
  • Feeling of sand or grit in eye
  • Contact lens discomfort
  • Light sensitivity
  • Watery eyes
  • Tired eyes

Only a doctor can determine if you have Dry Eye Disease. Your Doctor will ask you to describe your dry eye symptoms and the impact that they have on your daily life. The doctor may perform one or more test to assess your condition. The TearLab? Osmolarity Test gives doctors information about the salt content of your tears, which is an indicator of Dry Eye Disease.

Tear osmolarity has been shown to have the best predictive value for diagnosing Dry Eye Disease of any single test. TearLab's sophisticated lab on a chip technology tests a tiny tear sample to measure Osmolarity, or the salt content in the tears. The Doctor will test both eyes, and will take the highest number of the two tests, to generate Your Osmolarity Number. Your Osmolarity Number gives doctors a meaningful measure of the health and stability of the protective tear film that covers the surface of your eyes. The number generated correlates with the severity of the disease.

During your appointment your technician will take a sample of tears from each eye and use the TearLab to measure osmolarity. This is the accepted standard for diagnosing Dry Eye Disease. The TearLab Osmolarity Test will give your doctor a meaningful measurement of the health and stability of your tear film.

There are treatments available for dry eyes that may make you more comfortable. These treatments may include lifestyle changes and eye drops. For more serious cases of dry eye disease surgery may be an options. It is always important to consult your Ophthalmologist for an evaluation before taking over the counter medication in case the symptoms you are experiencing are not related to dry eye syndrome.

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