Blepharitis is a chronic eyelid condition that is often difficult to treat. It commonly involves the area near the base of the eyelashes. With Blepharitis patients experience inflamed, irritated and itchy eyelids.

Symptoms and signs for Blepharitis often include:

  • Red, swollen, watery eyes
  • Blurred and fluctuating vision
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Itchy, greasy looking eyelids
  • A gritty, burning sensation in the eye
  • Flaking of the skin around the eyes
  • Eyelid(s) sticking and crusted eyelashes upon awakening
  • More frequent blinking
  • Loss of eyelashes and/or Abnormal growth of (misdirected) eyelashes

Blepharitis may be caused by a combination of factors, which may include:

  • Malfunctioning or blocked eyelid oil glands
  • Demodex/Eyelash mites
  • Excessive bacteria around the eyelids
  • Rosacea — a skin condition characterized by facial redness-
  • Seborrheic dermatitis — dandruff of the scalp and eyebrows-
  • Allergies, including allergic reactions to eye medications, contact lens solutions or eye makeup
  • Certain acne medication -that can lead to an increase in bacteria on the eyelids and can affect tear production-

Patients with Blepharitis, may also experience the following complications:

  • Scarring or notching of the eyelids
  • Discomfort when wearing contact lenses
  • Sty -a painful lump/infection that develops near the base of the eyelashes-
  • Chalazion -blockage in one of the small oil glands at the margin of the eyelid, just behind the eyelashes. The gland can become infected with bacteria, which causes a red, swollen eyelid-
  • Chronic pink eye -conjunctivitis-
  • Injury to/Infection of the cornea -Caused by constant irritation from inflamed eyelids, by misdirected eyelashes or insufficient tearing-

Cliradex is the most recommended product to clean and treat the affected area and reduce the frequency of re-occurrence of symptoms associated with Blepharitis.

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* Nothing in this article is to be construed as medical advice, nor is it intended to replace the recommendations of a medical professional. For specific questions, please see your eye care practitioner.