Inflammation of the eyelids is a condition called Blepharitis.  This can be a chronic condition that is difficult to treat.  Typically the inflammation occurs on the eyelid margins where the eyelashes grow.
Blepharitis is a common condition caused by a malfunction of the oil glands at the base of the eyelashes.  Such a malfunction can cause the growth of bacteria, which can then irritate and inflame the eyelids.
Symptoms may include the following:

  • Itchy eyelid
  • Red and swollen eyelid
  • Scaly, greasy debris along  eyelid margin

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, contact Dr. Oevermann at 281-550-4141.

The conjunctiva is the clear mucous membrane that covers the white part of your eye.  The main function of the conjunctiva is to help lubricate the eye by producing mucus and tears.  

Conjunctivitis is a common form of ocular infection in which the conjunctiva becomes inflamed or irritated.   Conjunctivitis can be caused by bacteria, viruses, allergies, or chemical irritants.

There are many forms of conjunctivitis, and symptoms include  itchy, burning or teary eyes. With the exception of conjunctivitis caused by allergic and chemical irritants, conjunctivitis caused by bacterial and viral sources is extremely contagious. Since the symptoms are similar, only your doctor can distinguish between them.  Making an appointment with Dr. Oevermann at the first signs of conjunctivitis will ensure that you receive proper care and treatment.

One of the most common types of conjunctivitis is pink eye and it is often caused by bacteria such as staphylococcus and streptococcus.  Bacterial conjunctivitis can occur in otherwise healthy individuals and symptoms may include the following:

    • Thick, white or creamy discharge
    • Swollen , itchy eyelid
    • Redness
    • Tearing
    • Gritty feeling in eye

Usually affects only one eye, but can spread very easily to the other eye.