What is Blepharitis?

With blepharitis, both upper and lower eyelids become coated with oily particles and bacteria near the base of the eyelashes. It may cause irritation, itchiness, redness, and stinging or burning of the eye. Blepharitis is also associated with meibomianitis - a dysfunction and inflammation of the nearby oil glands of the eyelids (called the meibomian glands).

Are there any symptoms?

Yes, symptoms include:

  • Eye and eyelid irritation
  • Itchiness of the eye
  • Redness of the eye
  • Burning sensation

How often should I be examined for Blepharitis?

The condition frequently occurs in people who have a tendency towards oily skin, dandruff, or dry eyes. If you notice any of the symptoms of blepharitis, you should consult your ophthalmologist.

Is there a cure or treatment?

Blepharitis is often a chronic condition, but it can be treated several ways.

The most common is with warm compresses. Wet a clean washcloth with warm water, wring it out, and place it over your closed eyelids for at least one minute. Repeat two or three times, rewetting the washcloth as it cools.

Eyelid Scrubs - using a clean washcloth, cotton swab, or commercial lint-free pad soaked in warm water, gently scrub the base of your eyelashes for about 15 seconds per eyelid.

Antibiotic ointment - your ophthalmologist may prescribe an antibiotic ointment. Using a clean fingertip or cotton swab, gently apply a small amount at the base of your eyelashes before bedtime.

Good hygiene is the best practice to prevent occurrences of blepharitis.