• Does blepharitis cause floaters?


    Question:

    Does blepharitis cause floaters? I have been trying to get rid of blepharitis for almost a year. I am now using tea-tree shampoo, apple cider vinegar, and scrubbing the eyelids and a new spray from an ophthalmologist. I have a big increase in floaters within the last few months but the ophthalmologist said the health of my eyes are fine. Has blepharitis caused my floaters and will I be stuck with them for many years now?


    Answer:

    No, blepharitis does not cause floaters. Blepharitis is a problem of the oil glands and skin of the eyelids. It causes irritation, itchiness, redness, and stinging or burning of the eyes but does not cause any changes within the eyes. Blepharitis is an ongoing condition and can come back even when treatment has been successful. In the long range future, blepharitis commonly will disappear as your body biochemistry changes.

    Floaters are common as we age and can stay around for a long time but may shift in position as fluids within the eye change. Floaters are worrisome only if you notice a sudden increase in size of your floaters or the amount of your floaters. So you have two separate conditions.


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