A type of eyelid disease, blepharitis is characterized by inflammation of the eyelids. The most common symptoms include irritated, itchy, and red eyelids. It can also be accompanied by scales on the eyelashes that resemble dandruff. Blepharitis is caused by skin conditions and bacterial conditions. Fortunately, the condition does not cause permanent vision problems.
If your child is suffering from blepharitis, he or she may have a burning sensation in their eyes, crusting of the eyelids, red eyelids, or excessive tearing of the eyes. In some cases, the condition can cause only minor irritation. If left untreated, blepharitis can result in missing eyelashes and inflammation of the cornea.
A comprehensive eye exam will be able to help diagnose your child with the eyelid disease. Once it is diagnosed, your child’s eye doctor can give treatment recommendations. Oftentimes, frequent washing of eyelid can treat the infection by loosening the eyelid crust and cleansing the eyes. If bacterial infection is to blame for the condition, antibiotics and medications may be prescribed.
If your child wears contact lenses, he or she may need to stop wearing the lenses until the eyelid disease clears up. Your child’s eye doctor will be able to advise the best method of treatment.