Blepharitis

What is Blepharitis?

Blepharitis (blef-uh-RYE-tis) is inflammation of the eyelids. There are two forms of blepharitis, anterior and posterior, depending on which part of the lid is most affected. Anterior blepharitis is usually caused by bacteria or dandruff. Posterior blepharitis is caused by problems with the lids’ oil glands, known as meibomian glands.

Treating blepharitis requires a two-pronged approach. First, it’s important to remove debris from the lids. Next, warm compresses help loosen any crusting at the gland openings and promote improved oil flow. Treatment with an antimicrobial solution can also help keep lids healthy and clean.

Symptoms of blepharitis include:

  • Crusty eyelids upon waking
  • Itchy eyelids
  • Swollen eyelids 
  • Gritty/burning sensation
  • Redness of the eye
  • Sensitivity to light
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