Q: My eyelids are always swollen and crusty when I wake up. What could this be?
A: You most likely have a condition called blepharitis, an inflammation of the eyelid. It can cause sore, red eyelids and crusty eyelashes. This condition can also occur at any age. Blepharitis can be caused by a bacterial eyelid infection, dry eyes, a fungal eyelid infection or even little parasites called demodex eyelash mites! Many times patients that have blepharitis also have dry eye. Common treatments include eyelid scrubs, warm compresses, medicated drops or ointments and in-office treatments such as BlephEx and Intense pulsed light or IPL. Blepharitis typically is a chronic condition, meaning it can come back frequently and be a recurring problem. The best way to keep it from returning is to practice proper lid hygiene, such as non-prescription lid scrubs.