Blepharitis is a chronic inflammation of the eyelids and eyelash follicles that can be caused by:
- Seborrheic dermatitis
- Bacterial infection
- Poor eyelid hygiene
- Allergic reaction
Symptoms of Blepharitis
Symptoms associated with blepharitis include:
- Crusting and scaling skin on the eyelid
- Excessive tearing
- Eyelids may become crusty, swollen, itchy and reddened
In more serious cases, the eyelashes may fall out and sores may form on the eyelid. Complications can arise from blepharitis such as the infection spreading to the cornea as well as formation of chalazion or stye.
Treatment of Blepharitis
Treatment of blepharitis is usually limited to maintaining better hygiene around the eyelids. This may include some topical antibiotics and cessation of make-up use, but in many cases gentle cleansing of the area is all that is needed. Warm compresses can also help to lessen the symptoms and soothe the eye’s discomfort.