What is Blepharitis?

What is Blepharitis?

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Blepharitis is inflammation of the eyelids which causes them to become red and swollen. It commonly occurs when the oil glands located near the base of the eyelashes becomes clogged.

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 are the common causes of Blepharitis?

The cause of blepharitis is not known although it's not an infection, it can be caused by a reaction to the bacteria that live naturally on the eyelid skin. It is however more common if you have a skin condition such as:

  • Acne - Both adult and teen which cases irritation and blockage of the glands in the centre of the face
  • Seborrhoea dermatitis - which causes an itchy rash on the skin and scalp (seborrhoeic dermatitis on the scalp is known as dandruff)
  • Rosacea - causes the face to appear red and blotchy

Blepharitis can develop at any age but it is more common in people over 50. It is not a serious condition although it can lead to further problems especially for people also suffering from dry eye syndrome - click here for more information on this condition.

It is a condition that can appear and then be followed by periods with no symptoms.

Please note: It's not possible to catch blepharitis from someone else who has it. 

What are the symptoms of Blepharitis?

  • Watery Eyes
  • Red eyes or eyelids
  • Gritty or burning sensation in the eyes
  • Eyelids appearing greasy
  • Itchy and Sore Eyes
  • Red or Swollen Eyes
  • Flaking of the skin around the eyes
  • Eyelashes that are crusty or greasy
  • Eyelids Sticking- particularly when you wake up
  • Light sensitivity 

Treatments/ Improvements and Costs

  • Start by booking an blepharitis appointment either by clicking on the 'Book Now' icon below, call 0113 345 2913 or email: [email protected].  Priced from £45

If there is an underlying problem then we can discuss treatments and solutions such as:

  • Wipes hyperlink
  • Compassion mask hyperlink

What can you do in the mean time?

  • Clean your eyelids at least once a day
  • Do not wear contact lenses while you have symptoms
  • Do not use eye make up especially eyeliner and mascara
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