What is Blepharitis?
It is inflammation which affects the eyelids. Blepharitis normally affects the part of the eyelid where the eyelashes grow.
Blepharitis develops when the tiny glands of oil which are located near the base of the eyelashes stop working. This causes inflammation, itchy as well as irritated eyelids. Many conditions and diseases may cause blepharitis.
Blepharitis is usually a chronic condition which is very hard to treat. Blepharitis may be not only unattractive but also uncomfortable but it normally does not cause any damage that is permanent to the eyesight.
Symptoms and signs of blepharitis
- Eyes which are red
- Eyes which are watery
- Burning, gritty sensation in the eyes
- Greasy eyelids
- Eyelids which are itchy
- Swollen, red eyelids
- Skin around the eyes which is flakey
- Eyelashes which are crusted when awakening
- Light sensitivity
- Abnormally growing eyelashes – eyelashes which are misdirected
- Eyelash loss
Conditions and diseases which can cause blepharitis can include:
- Seborrheic dermatitis – which is dandruff of eyebrows or scalp
- Bacterial infection
- Oil glands in eyelids which malfunction
- Rosacea – skin problem causing facial redness
- Allergies – reactions to eye drugs, contact lens solutions or makeup for the eye
- Mites of the eyelashes
If an individual has symptoms and signs that does not seem to be getting better in spite of good hygiene, regular cleaning and care of the area that is affected – they should see their primary care physician.
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