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Blepharitis (bleh-fuh-rai-tis) is an inflammation of the eyelids in which they become red, irritated and itchy and dandruff-like scales form on the eyelashes. It is a common eye disorder which affects people of all ages and is caused by either bacteria or certain skin conditions.

Blepharitis can be diagnosed through a comprehensive eye examination


  • Foreign Body Sensation - the feeling that something is in your eye, or a gritty sensation in your eye

  • Excessive tearing

  • Red & swollen eyelids

  • Dry eyes

  • Crusting of eyelids

  • Blurry vision

  • Missing or misdirected eyelashes

  • Inflammation of eye tissue, particularly the cornea


Treatment depends on the type of blepharitis. In many cases, good hygiene can help control blepharitis. This includes frequently washing the scalp and face, using warm compresses to soak the eyelids and scrubbing the eyelids. When a bacterial infection is causing or accompanies blepharitis, antibiotics and other medications may be prescribed.

  • Warm compresses

  • Eyelid scrubs

  • Antibiotics

  • Eye drops

  • Skin and eyelid hygiene


Lid Hygiene

Source: YouTube, Moorfield's Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

What can I do about blepharitis?

Source: YouTube, Eye Smart - American Academy of Ophthalmology

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