Your eyelid is a thin fold of skin that protects and covers your eye. Your eyelid has the thinnest skin on your body with the exception of the prepuce (fold of skin covering the head of the penis) and the labia minora (lips of the female external genitalia).
It is very important for the front surface of your cornea and eyeball to stay moist. When you are awake, your eyelids do this all-important work for you by sweeping the secretions of your tear gland (lacrimal) apparatus and other glands over the surface at regular intervals. When you are asleep, your eyelids cover your eyes to help prevent evaporation.
Your eyelids allow you to blink. This helps keep dust and dirt out of your eyes. Blinking also helps protect your eyes from injuries that are caused by foreign bodies. Your eyelashes, which are a fringe of short hairs that grow on the edge of your eyelids, serve as a screen that prevents insects and dust particles from getting in your eyes when your eyelids are partially closed.
Blepharitis is a chronic (long-term) disease that causes inflammation of your eyelids. It is a common inflammatory disease. Blepharitis is characterized by your eyelids being inflamed and becoming flaky and scaly.
There are two forms of blepharitis. Posterior blepharitis affects your inner eyelid that contacts your eye. Anterior blepharitis affects the outside front of your eyelid. This is where your eyelashes attach.
There are several different signs and symptoms that are associated with blepharitis. Some of these include:
- Recurrent infections
- Redness of your eye itself
- Gritty (foreign body) feeling
- Swollen or red eyelids
- Watery eyes
- Frothy tears
- Misdirected eyelashes (eyelashes that grow abnormally)
- Dry eyes
- Flakes or crusting on your eye lashes
- Blurred vision
- Photophobia (sensitivity to light)
- Loss of your eyelashes
You or a loved one may have blepharitis. Blepharitis and/or complications that have resulted from this disease or other underlying conditions that you have along with it may have brought about you or your loved one’s disability and inability to work.
You may need help if this is your situation. You may need financial assistance.
You or your loved one may have decided to apply for the financial help that you need from the Social Security Administration by applying for Social Security disability benefits or disability benefits because of the disability caused by blepharitis and/or complications that have resulted from this disease or other underlying conditions that you have along with it. You or your loved one may have already applied, and your claim was turned down by the Social Security Administration.
If you or your loved one intends to reapply or appeal the denial, think about this important fact. The fact is that people who have a disability lawyer in their corner like the one you will find at Social Security Home are approved more often than people who are not represented by a disability attorney.
Please do not hesitate. This is too important to you or your loved one. Contact us today.