Blepharitis FAQ

Your Guide to Understanding and Treating Blepharitis. Get answers to common questions about Blepharitis and find out why consulting a specialist at the Dry Eye Center of Maryland is crucial for effective treatment.

Frequently Asked Questions About Blepharitis

As a leading authority in managing and treating Blepharitis in the Baltimore area, the Dry Eye Center of Maryland stands at the forefront of providing in-depth, comprehensive insights into this often challenging eye condition. Our team, comprised of seasoned experts, is dedicated to not only understanding the complexities of Blepharitis but also ensuring that our patients receive the most effective and personalized care possible. With a deep commitment to patient education, we have curated an extensive resource that aims to address the most common concerns, symptoms, and questions surrounding Blepharitis. It’s important to note, however, that while this information serves as a valuable guide, nothing replaces the personalized diagnosis and treatment plan that comes from a direct consultation with our specialized dry eye professionals. Understanding that each case of Blepharitis is unique, we pride ourselves on providing tailored treatment plans designed to meet the specific needs of each individual. If you’re experiencing symptoms or have concerns about Blepharitis, we encourage you to reach out to us. Call the Dry Eye Center of Maryland at (410) 291-1718 to schedule an appointment for expert care, and take the first step towards clearer, more comfortable vision.

Blepharitis FAQ

When Should You Seek Medical Attention for Blepharitis?

Seek medical attention if symptoms like persistent eye irritation, redness, or eyelid swelling occur. Early intervention can prevent complications.

What Does Severe Blepharitis Look Like?

Severe blepharitis can present as intensely red, swollen eyelids, with crusting and sometimes discharge. Vision may also be affected.

What Are the Red Flags of Blepharitis?

Red flags include severe pain, vision changes, excessive discharge, or no improvement with basic care. These symptoms warrant immediate medical attention.

What Can Be Misdiagnosed as Blepharitis?

Conditions like conjunctivitis, dry eyes, or even allergies can sometimes be mistaken for blepharitis due to similar symptoms.

What Can a Doctor Do for a Swollen Eyelid?

We can diagnose the underlying cause of the swelling and recommend appropriate treatments, which might include medication or specialized eye care routines.

Why Is My Blepharitis Not Getting Better?

Persistent blepharitis could be due to various factors like improper treatment, underlying health conditions, or resistance to standard therapies.

What Is the Main Cause of Blepharitis?

Blepharitis is often caused by bacterial eyelid infections, meibomian gland dysfunction, or dandruff of the scalp and eyebrows.

How Does Poor Hygiene Cause Blepharitis?

Poor hygiene can lead to the buildup of bacteria and skin flakes around the eyelids, contributing to blepharitis.

What Are the 4 Stages of Blepharitis?

The four stages range from mild irritation and redness to severe inflammation, crusting, and potential damage to the eyelid and cornea.

What Is the Best Eye Wash for Blepharitis?

A saline solution or a prescribed eyelid cleanser is often recommended, but it’s best to consult with our specialist for a personalized recommendation.

How Do You Get Rid of Blepharitis Fast?

Effective treatment often involves a combination of eyelid hygiene, prescribed medications, and sometimes in-office procedures. Quick fixes are rare, but symptoms can be managed effectively with the right approach.

Does Blepharitis Ever Go Away?

Blepharitis is a chronic condition, but with proper treatment, its symptoms can be effectively managed.

Is Blepharitis Always Caused by Mites?

Not always. While Demodex mites can cause blepharitis, other factors like bacteria or skin conditions are also common causes.

What Happens If Blepharitis Is Left Untreated?

Untreated blepharitis can lead to more severe eye problems, including corneal damage or chronic dry eye.

Will Blepharitis Clear Up on Its Own?

Blepharitis typically requires treatment to manage symptoms and prevent progression.

What Does Blepharitis Look Like?

Blepharitis usually appears as red, swollen eyelids, with scaling near the eyelashes. It can also cause crusty eyelashes and dandruff-like flakes.

Is Blepharitis Caused by Too Much Screen Time?

While screen time doesn’t directly cause blepharitis, it can exacerbate symptoms due to reduced blinking and increased eye strain.

Does Blepharitis Get Worse with Age?

Blepharitis can become more problematic with age, especially if associated with other age-related eye conditions.

Are There New Treatments for Blepharitis?

Yes, treatments are constantly evolving, including advanced cleaning techniques, specialized medications, as well as new FDA-approved treatments.

Why Won't My Blepharitis Go Away?

Chronic blepharitis can be stubborn due to factors like resistance to treatment, underlying health issues, or recurrent infections.

Our Blepharitis Dry Eye Services

We'll Diagnose
Your Dry Eye

Let’s get to the point and figure out if you have blepharitis and dry eye and what’s causing it. The EYEBIOMETRICS® EVALUATION determines the form of dry eye, tear film abnormalities, and identifies potential blepharitis treatment strategies. Careful clinical observation, accurate diagnosis, and appropriate intervention can eliminate or minimize the deleterious effects of blepharitis and ocular surface disease for quality of life and providing relief.

We'll Treat &
Manage It

Once we diagnose your blepharitis and dry eye, we will develop a treatment plan that is customized just for you. Regardless of what you may have been told before, you can benefit from a successful blepharitis treatment plan that will relieve the pain, itching, and vision problems associated with blepharitis and dry eye. We can return you to clear vision and easy sight. We have relieved dry eye for thousands of patients and we will do it for you.

for Blepharitis

Patients with blepharitis are commonly afflicted with crusted eyelashes and lids causing dryness and infections. While there are many different levels of blepharitis treatment, BlephEx is now the standard of care for severe and recurring blepharitis. Thousands of patients have been helped with BlephEx which is used to exfoliate the eyelid at the lash line to remove the inflammatory biofilm that leads to chronic lid disease and discomfort.

Relief From

With the right treatment plan we can cure your blepharitis. There are many options for treating blepharitis and we utilize our vast knowledge, experience, and latest technology to customize a treatment plan that is tailored for each individual patient. Blepharitis and dry eye therapies can include, Artificial tears and lubricating eye drops, Over-the-counter (OTC) and/or prescription eye drops, BlephEx, Lid Hygiene, lid margin debridement to remove bacteria, biofilm, and Demodex mites from your eyelids and open clogged meibomian glands, and many more treatment options.

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Michelle Nolan
Michelle Nolan
My mother was going to a different eye doctor for 2 years and never improving. Plus, we would wait up to 3 hours to see the doctor. When I finally brought her here, what a difference. We do not have to wait for our appointment, the most we have waited is 5 minutes. My mother's dry eyes are so much better. The staff are wonderful and helpful. Dr. Azman takes the time to answer any questions that we have. I also see Dr. Azman for my dry eyes. I have recommended him to several of my relatives and friends. They are worth the hour drive for my mother and I.
Monica Giffhorn
Monica Giffhorn
Great eye doctor in dealing with persistent dry eye. He was the first doctor to take the time to try to get to the root of the problem and make a diagnosis and treatment plan.
Patty Bornemann
Patty Bornemann
I’ve been suffering from dry eye disease for over 10 years. Retasis eyedrop’s were no longer working, and I was putting eyedrops, in, all day long. I found Dr Azman, who gave me a wonderful assessment, with all of the different assessment tools that they use. I was put on IPL treatments, with good results. My eyes do not feel like they did before this, much much better, not using eye drops, even close to the amount per day, that I was before . Dr Azman is very kind, explains everything, highly knowledgeable, gentle. His staff is very nice, attentive, and competent. I will eventually pick up my treatments in another 6 to 12 months It feels wonderful to know that I have ongoing help with my eye disease, And then it works!!
Nydia Yates
Nydia Yates
Dr. Benjamin Azman equals real hope and enormous improvement for a sufferer, like me with an extreme case of chronic blepharitis /(MGD anterior posterior). His vast knowledge of the lastest medicine, procedures, and maintenance hygiene has truly been life changing for me. He takes a thorough history and exam that is customized to your particular situation for the best results and the health of your eye and skin. He is meticulous with the Blephex procedure and takes time to make sure that it is done completely and accurately to achieve 100% accuracy. He welcomes your questions, is patient , responds quickly to requests or concerns, and listens with compassion ... His recommendations brought great visible progress with each step of the journey. He makes referrals to complete your eye care needs and maintenance long term. Your eyes will greatly improve, no matter what you were previously told elsewhere. I truly wish I had gotten to his practice sooner!!
Alissa Hopper
Alissa Hopper
Dr. Azman is one of the best dry eye doctors around. He is extremely skilled and compassionate for what can be a very challenging condition. He knows the research well and explains clearly why he recommends different interventions.
I have been nothing but impressed with this practice since the first day I walked through the door. From the staff at the front desk, who are pleasant and efficient, to the medical assistants that demonstrate professionalism and interest in the patient's well-being. Then there is Dr. Azman. He's knowledgeable, personable, and dedicated to finding solutions for what ails his patients. Keep up the excellent work!
Cliff McCann
Cliff McCann
Dr Azman and his team are patient, kind and detail oriented. It is comforting to know that the Dr and his team care about their patients and their well being.
Kelly Kimbler
Kelly Kimbler
I've always had sensitive eyes, but that sensitivity went to a whole new level this past spring when I started getting large styes that would not go away. At that point, my eyes were so sensitive, I stopped being able to tolerate any eye makeup no matter what brand, type or ingredients because it would make my styes worse. I also had a droopy left eyelid that began to negatively affect my vision so much that I couldn't complete a routine eye exam in early June, which is when I received my diagnosis of ocular rosacea. The treating optometrist at the time prescribed me medication that didn't work well for long, and told me that intense pulsed light (IPL) might be an option for me, although he didn't offer that treatment at his office nor could my provider offer me any option for that type of treatment for months. After that, I researched my condition and decided my best option was to find a dry eye specialist who offered IPL treatments for people like me, and who could schedule me for a treatment evaluation quickly. That's when I found Dr. Azman and Azman Eye Care Specialists. Best move I ever made for my eyes! Dr. Azman himself offered the greatly appreciated personal approach of speaking with me directly before scheduling my evaluation very quickly, which is something no eye care office I had called seemed able to do. My evaluation was comprehensive, and my recommended treatment of four IPL sessions started within the two weeks that followed it. These four sessions have made a world of difference for my eyes (my before treatment, mid treatment, and after treatment pictures SHOW it); my styes went away, my eye inflammation went WAY down, the skin around my eyes looks and feels healthier, and Dr. Azman's treatments very likely saved my eye's tear and oil glands from severe and permanent damage. I am happily now a loyal patient of Azman Eye Care Specialists.
Lori Speer
Lori Speer
Dr. Azman is simply incredible. He is extremely knowledgeable and so caring and patient. He truly listens and goes over and above to provide the best care possible. He is everything a Dr. should be. The staff is so friendly and helpful as well. I love this practice! Dr. Azman is the best Dr. ever! I highly highly recommend him if you want the highest quality care!
Keith Jones
Keith Jones
My eyes were in very bad shape when I first seen Dr. Azman, primarily my eye lids. Eyes always got styes in them over the years and had to deal with red and inflamed eyes and eyelids. Since seeing Dr. Azman I’ve had know issues. I’m going on a year now without the problems I was dealing with before. My eyes and eyelids feel so much better. Vision is better and it’s so much easier to focus now that my eyes are cleared up. Thank you Dr. Azman you’re the man
Josh G.

From the moment an individual walks into the office, The Dry Eye Center of Maryland demonstrates that they are geared to serve. The receptionists greet patients with a smile, ask about their families, and offer something to drink. The waiting time is never long, but if it is, there are plenty of current magazines with which to entertain oneself. When one does go back, the General Vision Examstechnicians treat clients with respect and explain each step of the tests. Finally, once patients see the doctors–who are professional in every definition of the word–they are again greeted warmly and treated with respect. The entire experience is life changing, and I wouldn’t go anywhere else.

Torin C.

Thank you for your help in getting me fitted with and adjusted to contact lenses. Apparently my “dry eye” condition has made it difficult and at times impossible for me to wear contacts in the past. Now with your help I am comfortable in my contacts. As you may remember, I am a high school senior and have tried to wear contacts in the past, not only for esthetic reasons but to help me in various sports/activities (football, lacrosse, surfing, etc.). In the past I am not sure that the eye care people I saw recognized or appreciated my “dry eye” condition. Moreover, they clearly did not address this problem. As such, I remember having great difficulty getting my contacts in and even more difficulty in trying to remove them. In the past, I was never comfortable wearing contacts. Your work with my tear ducts and other techniques you have used to correct my “dry eye” condition has made an incredible difference. The process that we have gone through to prepare me for contact lenses has made a tremendous difference. Now I am exceedingly comfortable wearing my contacts and find that they provide me with much improved vision. Again, many thanks for your help. Very truly yours.

A. M.

I have been wearing contact lens for 55 years. When I moved from out-of-state to Maryland, I needed to find a new contact lens specialist. I found Dr. Azman using a Google search. I was surprised to get a phone call asking me questions before getting an appointment. It turns out Dr. Azman specializes in problem cases. As I described my increasing discomfort and dry eyes, he said he could help. I never had the tests he did for tear layer, the topography of cornea, etc. I discovered my contacts were not fitting properly causing an abrasion on both eyes. After two weeks of no contacts, the abrasion was healed. I was surprised when he suggested soft contacts. My previous doctor thought I couldn’t wear them after years with hard and then gas permeable lens. Switching to the soft lens was no problem. It took some adjusting of different strengths of the lens to get the correction for reading and computer work, but now I am very happy with the results. I could not drive at night with contacts because of the extreme glare. That is gone. My eyes were very sensitive to light so I needed sunglasses all the time. That is gone.

Sandra B.

OMG….where do I begin. First and foremost, Dr. Azman saved my daughter’s eyesight, not once, but twice! At the age of 6 my daughter’s Rx was dramatically changing every 6 months (unheard of) and she was getting headaches and couldn’t read for more than 15 minutes at a time. No one could figure out what was wrong. One visit to Dr. Azman and we were on our way to healthy eyes!!! All it took was a few quick tests and Dr. Azman had my daughter diagnosed with dry eyes. Life was good for many years until we moved to PA and lost contact with Dr. Azman (never again!) Recently I received a distressed call from my daughter, now age 20, with problems with her eyes. She had crystals forming and pushing through her eyes, infections in her eyes, she couldn’t go out in the sunlight, etc. and FOUR different specialists in PA kept giving her steroids and antibiotics with the explanation of “we don’t know what causes it”…I even told them about her dry eyes and was blatantly told I didn’t know what I was talking about. !!!???!!! Dr. Azman to the rescue AGAIN! Within two visits my daughters eyes cleared up and well on their way to healing. She’s back to normal with her nose stuck in a book every evening after sitting in front of a computer all day @ work even! Dr. Azman is simply amazing. He met with us in the late evening hours since we are out of town and even on a HOLIDAY!!! I wish more people could be as caring and giving as Dr. Thomas Azman. We refer him every chance we can! We will never be able to thank you enough.

Kathy S.

I have been under Dr. Azman’s treatment for my dry eyes. He is very attentive and thorough – always giving detailed explanations and answering all my questions in a way that I am able to fully understand. Dr. Azman also contacts me if there is a new treatment or medication that he feels would improve my condition. I will admit that sometimes there is an extensive wait in the office, but I can only assume he is giving other patients the same detailed care that he is giving me! The Azman staff is very gracious and lovely – always greeting me with a smile and genuinely asking how I am. The office itself is very clean and the communication between the different areas seems to flow smoothly. I highly recommend Dr. Azman due to his attention to detail and his expertise!

Alexandra S.

I have tried contact lenses on four different occasions, without success, before I visited Dr. Azman. Although other doctors had told me I had dry eyes, their solution was to simply prescribe a different brand of contact lens rather than to address the underlying problem. On each occasion, the end result was that the lenses bothered me so much that I just stopped wearing them. Dr. Azman’s commitment to correcting the dryness in my eyes was a refreshing and effective approach to my vision issues. For the first time, I feel that contact lenses will actually be a viable choice for me. It’s fantastic.

Cindy W.

Dr. Azman has been my eye doctor for more than 25 years. Recently he has treated my eyes for dry eyes. He is very thorough and extremely knowledgeable about treating dry eyes. I didn’t know how bad my eyes felt until he treated them. Even though I wear contacts, my vision was slightly impaired due to dry eyes. Once Dr. Azman started treatment, my eyes felt so much better and my vision changed again due to improvement of moisture in the eye. I put my trust in Dr. Azman.

Katie S.

“I have been under Dr. Azman’s care for the treatment of dry eyes. He is very attentive and thorough – always giving detailed explanations and answering all my questions in a way that I am able to fully understand. Dr. Azman also contacts me if there is a new treatment or medication that he feels would improve my condition. I will admit that sometimes there is an extensive wait in the office, but I can only assume he is giving other patients the same detailed care that he is giving me! The Azman staff is very gracious and lovely – always greeting me with a smile and genuinely asking how I am. The office itself is very clean and the communication between the different areas seems to flow smoothly. I highly recommend Dr. Azman due to his attention to detail and his expertise! He is a truly an expert in dry eye treatment.”

K. M.

“I have been dealing with severe dry eyes for years. Have been to a dozen of eye doctors with no success. All the eye doctors kept telling me the same things over and over again. I was about to give up until I read all the good reviews about Dr. Azman and his team, so I decided to give him a try. All I can say is I’m glad I did. I have nothing but great things to say about him and his staff. Very helpful and very friendly. My dry eyes have nearly been treated after years of pain! I can’t thank him enough for what he did for me. After each treatment he would follow up and call me to see how I was doing. No other doctor has ever called me to follow up. I was never rushed and he answered all my questions. I would highly recommend Dr. Azman and his team. I can honestly say he exceeded all my expectations. Thank you Dr. Azman for all your help!”

A. J.

“I was told I could not wear contact lenses by 3 other eye doctors due to my dry eyes. You did concur that I had dry eyes, but you introduced me to Orthokeratology. You explained your Precision Accelerated technique to me. Even though I was a little skeptical about it ,because I never heard of it, I decided to trust you. I also looked into lasik and was told I could have it. After researching lasik and dry eyes I learned that if you have dry eyes you should not have lasik surgery. It has now been 2 years since going through your procedure and I am still experiencing comfortable, clear vision all waking hours. Thank you Dr. Azman for guiding and educating me and protecting my eyes from having Lasik which could of been a disaster. You have changed my life.”

Judith M.

“I want to express my appreciation for helping me. I came to your office with a problem that I could not identify. However, I did recognize that my eyes were chronically tired and red, and I had to wear my glasses all of the time. Today, I am experiencing a high level of comfort and I feel as if my eyesight has improved. When I arrived for my first appointment, Joanne met with me to acquaint me with your practice and to administer preliminary tests. She was very informative and reassuring. Next, I met with you and again I was reassured that it would be possible to correct the difficulties I was experiencing. You carefully and clearly explained the results of the preliminary evaluation and then conducted your own. I had worn contact lenses prior to coming to you. It was a disaster. I was prescribed a more generic lens and along with the dry eye problem, the lenses were never really correct. I was not able to read with the lenses and my distance vision was poor as well. Eventually I gave up, as these lenses were apparently the only option available to me. My experience at the Azman Dry Eye center was completely different. Dr. Azman devised a plan of attack. Which eventually led to success with contact lenses. Other eye centers did not address any specific problems; they only evaluated my eyesight and wrote prescriptions for glasses or generic contact lenses. I also want to say that the level of caring that is shown to patients from the front desk to the doctor himself, is above any I have experienced elsewhere. It is a pleasure to come to the office. I will continue to recommend the practice and Dr. Azman to my friends and family. Thank you for all your help.”

Michael G.

Dr. Azman was able to stop the pain from a dry eye condition by using this new technology called Prokera and other treatments. Highly recommended!

Judy S.

I have been suffering for two years with dry eye pain and worry. From the time I walked in the door the experience was great. The staff was so kind and made me feel so welcome. Doctor Azman was patient and kind and took so much time with me and diagnosing my issues. I actually got in the car and cried tears of joy after the visit feeling hope for the first time. Best feeling I have felt in years, a big thank you to him and the staff!

Lori L.

Dr. Azman is wonderful! He is very thorough and makes sure that his patients understand everything in terms of their eye care. The office staff is friendly and very helpful. I highly recommend Dr. Azman and Azman Eye Care Specialists.

Margaret M.

If you are experiencing issues or problems with dry eyes, this is the place to be. Very thorough service with a caring and compassionate doctor and team.

Charles T.

The Azman practice gives their clients customized service. As a client I feel like I am practice’s one and only client. Also, the technology and knowledge of optical research they utilize is second to none!

Leah S.

I Love Dr Azman! He is very gentle, caring and professional! I wouldn’t want to see any other eye Dr in the world!!!

Luz M.

I have been suffering with eyes pain and inflammation around 5 months ago after I visited many specialists and the problem continued….finally I saw Dr. Benjamin Azman, he diagnostic me DRY EYE and gave me the right treatment. I feel much better thanks God! Dr.Benjamin and his father are so kind. God Bless them! I recommend Dr. Azman. They’re great.

Patrick C.

Of the handful of doctors and offices I have visited with regard to my dry-eye issue, Dr. Azman and his group have been, by a long-shot, the most hospitable, empathetic, and helpful with my issue. Dr. Azman didn’t rush me through the process of diagnosis, like other offices. He took the time to sit with me and discuss some of the root causes of my issue, and answer any of my concerns. In subsequent follow-up appointments, he performed several procedures that have been helpful to me and that have given me hope that there is a way to manage this condition. I would recommend him to anyone. And if you are using eyedrops frequently, and have never had your issue seriously looked at, please get it checked out before you do more damage to your eyes.


Hope for dry eyes! Dr. Azman was able to stop the pain from a dry eye condition by using this new technology called Prokera and other treatments. Highly recommended!

Judy S.

I have been suffering for two years with dry eye pain and worry. From the time I walked in the door the experience was great. The staff was so kind and made me feel so welcome. Doctor Azman was patient and kind and took so much time with me and diagnosed my issues. I actually got in the car and cried tears of joy after the visit feeling hope for the first time. Best feeling I have felt in years, a big thank you to him and the staff!

Erin S.

Always a great experience at The Dry Eye Center of MD. The staff is polite and professional, and Dr. Azman knows eyes better than the other eye doctors I’ve been to. They take the time to figure out the issue and make sure no details are missed! Thank you!

Carol K.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for all your help. When I visited your office in April, I was particularly impressed with your state of the art equipment and for the care and concern you showed me. Since I was from New Jersey, you went out of your way to see me on the weekend (twice on Sunday). You made me feel special and more like a friend than a patient. Your follow-up telephone calls really meant a lot to me. Your recommendations for treatment of my dry eye problems are working; I highly recommend that anyone with eye problems seek you out.

-Carol K. Secaucus, New Jersey

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