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Blepharitis in Children: Pediatric Eye Specialists

Swollen Eyelids (Blepharitis)

Having swollen, red, and irritated eyes is difficult for anyone, but for children, it can be especially uncomfortable. This inflammation is called blepharitis, and in addition to being itchy and painful, the cause of the condition isn't always clear. Fortunately, with the help of an experienced eye doctor, this condition can be successfully managed, treated, and cured.

With over two decades of clinical experience, Dr. Manpreet Chhabra specializes in diagnosing and treating a variety of eye conditions, including blepharitis. Proper diagnosis and treatment play a crucial role in effectively managing blepharitis and preventing potential complications. Dr. Chhabra offers personalized treatment options based on your child's unique needs and the underlying cause of their condition.

For the past seven years, families in the San Antonio area have trusted Dr. Chhabra for his quality service and personalized treatment options tailored to their child's unique needs. Our center accepts most insurance plans, ensuring that your child receives the best possible care without added financial stress. With a focus on compassionate care and effective treatment plans, Dr. Chhabra is dedicated to helping your child achieve optimal eye health while managing conditions like blepharitis.


Young girl with a swollen eyelid

Swollen Eyelid Treatment from Alamo Pediatric Eye Center

Blepharitis Causes, Symptoms & Treatments

Blepharitis is a common eye condition characterized by inflammation of the eyelids, which can lead to redness, itching, and discomfort. It may also cause crusty or flaky debris around the eyelashes, a gritty sensation in the eyes, increased sensitivity to light, and watery eyes. In some cases, it can lead to styes and affect the growth of eyelashes.

There are several factors that can contribute to the development of blepharitis, including:

  • Seborrheic dermatitis: This is a type of skin disorder that typically affects the scalp and causes dandruff. However, it can also affect the eyelids, leading to flaking, irritation, and inflammation.
  • Bacterial infections: Bacteria, such as Staphylococcus, can accumulate on the eyelids and cause redness and inflammation.
  • Clogged oil glands: The Meibomian glands in the eyelids produce oil that helps lubricate the eyes. If these glands become clogged or dysfunctional, it can lead to a buildup of oil and debris, causing inflammation of the eyelids.
  • Allergies: Allergic reactions to cosmetics, eye medications, or environmental allergens can also cause inflammation and irritation of the eyelids.

Regardless of what caused the condition, the symptoms of blepharitis are generally the same. In addition to being red, itchy, and swollen, your child also may complain about their eyes feeling gritty or watery. You might also notice crusted eyelashes, flaking of the skin around their eyes, or their eyelids appearing greasy. If you think your child might have blepharitis, don't hesitate to contact Dr. Chhabra.

Blepharitis treatment is based on the underlying cause of the condition and your child's specific needs. Sometimes, a child just needs to practice good eye hygiene and regularly apply a warm compress, and other times, additional treatments may be necessary. This might include special blepharitis medication in the form of prescription eye drops, ointments, antibiotics, or anti-inflammatory medications. In any case, Dr. Chhabra will be here to provide your child with the care and treatment they need.

Chalazion Treatment in Bexar County, TX

Swollen Eyelids: Is It a Chalazion?

Chalazion is another common condition that may cause your child’s eyelid to be swollen. It occurs when there is a blockage in one of the small oil glands that line the eyelid. This can cause a bump or lump to form on the eyelid, which may be painful or tender to the touch.

Your child’s swollen eyelid may be due to a chalazion if they’re experiencing the following symptoms:

  • A small bump or lump on the eyelid
  • Swelling or redness around the affected area
  • Tenderness or pain in the eyelid
  • Blurred vision (in rare cases)

If your child is experiencing any of these symptoms, it is important to see a pediatric ophthalmologist as soon as possible. Our team can diagnose chalazion and recommend the appropriate treatment.

Here are some of the treatments for chalazion Dr. Chhabra recommends and provides:

  • Warm compresses: Applying a warm compress to the affected area can help to soften the blockage and promote drainage.
  • Antibiotics: If the chalazion is caused by an infection, Dr. Chhabra may prescribe antibiotics to help clear it up.
  • Steroid injections: In some cases, Dr. Chhabra may inject a steroid medication into the chalazion to reduce swelling and inflammation.
  • Surgery: If the chalazion is large or does not respond to other treatments, Dr. Chhabra may recommend surgery to remove it.

Overall, chalazion is a common and treatable condition that can be managed with the right care and treatment.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is blepharitis contagious?

Blepharitis itself is not contagious, as the term simply describes an inflammation of the eyelids. However, if the underlying cause of the inflammation is a bacterial infection, it is possible for the bacteria to spread through direct contact or by sharing personal items like towels, makeup, or makeup brushes.

Can blepharitis be prevented?

While it may not be possible to completely prevent blepharitis, there are steps you can take to help your child reduce their risk. For instance, encouraging good eye hygiene is key; teach them to wash their hands frequently, and for teenagers, teach them to remove any eye makeup before bed and avoid sharing makeup brushes or other eye products. Additionally, if your child has allergies, managing them can also help reduce their risk of developing blepharitis.

Will my insurance cover my child's swollen eyelid treatment?

At Alamo Pediatric Eye Center, we take immense pride in our commitment to providing accessible and comprehensive eye care for all children. We understand that healthcare costs can be a significant concern for many families, which is why we are pleased to accept most insurance plans, ensuring that your child receives the vital eye care they need without causing financial strain.

How can I get started with the best pediatric eye doctor near me?

We always aim to make requesting an appointment as simple and convenient as possible. You can request an appointment with us online, or if you'd prefer to talk to someone, give us a call at 210-624-8282. Our friendly staff will be happy to assist you in finding a suitable date and time for your child's appointment.

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