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Blepharitis Specialist

E. Joseph Nadji, MD -  - Ophthalmologist

E. Joseph Nadji, MD

Ophthalmologist & Cornea Specialist located in Santa Monica, CA

Eyelid inflammation can lead to serious eye infections. Dr. Nadji provides patients in and around Santa Monica, CA, with the care and treatment they need to relieve eyelid inflammation, treating the underlying cause to reduce the chances of recurrence.

Blepharitis Q&A

What is blepharitis?

Blepharitis is a term that describes eyelid inflammation, which usually occurs along the eyelash line. Inflammation occurs when the oil glands located in the lash follicles become clogged, leading to eye irritation and redness. Blepharitis is a chronic condition that's often associated with underlying diseases and conditions, including bacterial infections, acne, rosacea, dry eyes and Demodex mite infestation.

What symptoms does blepharitis cause?

The most common symptoms associated with blepharitis include:

  • swollen, red, or itchy eyelids

  • eyes that itch or burn

  • foreign body sensation

  • excessive tearing

  • blurry vision

  • eyelashes that are crusty after sleeping

  • light sensitivity

Can eyelid inflammation cause other issues?

Blepharitis can result in the formation of a stye, a painful bump that occurs when an oil gland is blocked. Some people with chronic blepharitis may go on to develop dry eye syndrome, which if left untreated can cause corneal damage.

How is blepharitis treated?

A close examination of your eyelids and eyelashes by Dr. Nadji is usually all that is needed to diagnose blepharitis. Dr. Nadji will test your vision, perform a slit-lamp microscope exam, and test your eye pressure as well. Mild cases of blepharitis caused by blocked oil glands can often be treated with application of warm compresses to help unclog glands, reduce inflammation and remove crusty buildup. Eyelid cleansers are also very helpful as a supplement. When blepharitis is due to an infection, oral medications or prescription eye drops may be needed to treat the infection and prevent it from spreading. Treating underlying conditions like rosacea when present is also an important step in managing the condition.

Insurance Accepted

Please call Dr. Nadji's office for any insurance questions.

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