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Bacterial Blepharitis. Red Eyelids…What Next? in Medicine Hat

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Bacterial blepharitis is an inflammation of the eyelid due to bacteria. Small oil and sweat glands along the edge of the eyelids and eyelashes are vulnerable to bacteria and often become infected.

Symptoms include red eyelid margins, burning, or dry irritation to the eye or eyelids. You may see crusty deposits at the base of the eyelashes. Sometimes even a loss of some eyelashes.

Prescription medication is usually necessary. However, to avoid a recurrence, warm lid scrubs on a daily basis may be necessary in order to keep the eyelids and lashes clean and healthy.

Yes, a bacterial infection can be contagious. The degree of how contagious will depend on the bacterial strain causing the infection. It is best to wash your hands often and avoid touching the eyelids with your fingers.  It is also best not to share towels and facecloths, or pillows.  

Call the office right away so that we can help.

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(Information from Optometric Practice Information Systems)

Written by Dr. Clark Hyde

Dr. Clark Hyde graduated from the University of Waterloo School of Optometry in 2011. While in optometry school, he completed clinical externships in both Michigan and Utah, focusing on pediatrics and ocular disease.

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