Blepharitis Specialist

River North Eye Center

Nighat Mona Khan, MD

Ophthalmologist located in River North & Near Southside, Chicago, IL

Blepharitis can cause itchy, dry, and all-around uncomfortable eyes, but you don’t have to suffer anymore. Mona Khan, MD, a highly skilled ophthalmologist at River North Eye Center in Chicago, offers customized blepharitis treatments that give you the fast and effective relief you need. Schedule your appointment via the online tool or by phone today.

Blepharitis Q & A

What is blepharitis?

Blepharitis is inflammation of your eyelids. It can occur in one or both eyes. The several kinds of blepharitis include:

Allergic

Allergic blepharitis develops when your eyes are exposed to an allergen. It doesn’t have to be direct eye exposure, either: for example, if you're allergic to a plant, you could accidentally touch it and later rub your eyes before washing them, triggering allergic blepharitis.

Inflammatory

Inflammatory blepharitis happens when the oil glands bordering your eyelids get blocked with oil or bacteria.

Infectious

Like inflammatory blepharitis, infectious blepharitis happens when oil glands near your lashes get blocked with oil or bacteria. In infectious blepharitis, the oil buildup gets infected.

No matter what kind of blepharitis you've got, it can cause some miserable symptoms.

What are the symptoms of blepharitis?

The symptoms of blepharitis include:

  • Inflammation that turns your eyelids red or deep-pink
  • Crusting around your eyelids
  • Eyelashes sticking together
  • Watery eyes
  • Itchy eyes
  • Small pus-filled bumps in your eyelash follicles

While everyone with blepharitis experiences inflammation, you might not have all of the other symptoms.

How does the doctor diagnose blepharitis?

Blepharitis diagnosis starts with a complete eye exam. Your provider at River North Eye Center performs a slit lamp examination, during which you'll comfortably rest your chin and forehead against stabilizing ledges.

Your provider uses special eye drops to help open your eye structures fully for a corneal and retinal exam. Additionally, they do an intraocular-pressure check – a measurement of the pressure inside your eyes. This comprehensive exam can help them rule out other causes of your symptoms so they can make a diagnosis.

What is the treatment for blepharitis?

Your provider prescribes blepharitis treatment based on your symptoms. Often, you can relieve itching and inflammation with cool or warm compresses, prescription eye drops, or prescription ointments. Oral antibiotics like tetracycline or doxycycline can help destroy the infection if you have bacterial blepharitis.

Is blepharitis the same as pink eye?

It's often confused for pink eye because the symptoms are so similar, but blepharitis is actually a different condition. Blepharitis can be more persistent than pink eye, so it can be a more serious condition that sometimes requires ongoing care.

At River North Eye Center, a medical doctor handles your care, so insurance covers your treatment. The practice sees adult patients exclusively. Book your appointment via the online tool or via phone today.