What is Blepharitis?

Blepharitus is inflammation of the eyelids and can be caused by an infection, or as a complication of a skin condition. This is quite a common condition, accounting for about 1 in 20 eye problems reported. It’s not serious, but it can lead to other conditions like dry eye syndrome.

What causes Blepharitis?

Blepharitis commonly occurs when tiny oil glands located near the base of the eyelashes become clogged. This leads to irritation and red eyes. Several diseases and conditions can cause this. Symptoms can include: Watery eyes, red eyes, a gritty, burning or stinging sensation in the eyes, eyelids appearing greasy, itchy eyes, red or swollen eyes, flaking of the skin around the eyes, crusted eyelashes, eyelid sticking.

If you have Blepharitis symptoms and signs that don't seem to be improving despite good hygiene make an appointment to see your optometrist.

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