Blepharitis is the term for inflammation of the eyelids, usually near the eyelid margins. It’s a fairly common condition and is often associated with a low-grade bacterial infection or a generalized skin problem.
Signs and Symptoms
Regardless of the cause, most people who suffer from blepharitis have symptoms such as eye irritation, burning, tearing, foreign body sensation, crusty debris on the lids and/or lashes, dryness and red eyelid margins. Itis imporant to see your doctor for treatment. If a bacterial infection of the lids goes untreated, some long-term effects can include eyelash loss, thickened lid margins, or turning in (entropion) or out (ectropion) of the eyelids and/or lashes. Over time, these can also lead to erosions of the cornea.
Blepharitis can be difficult to manage because it tends to recur. Often there are long-term maintenance treatments that are necessary. They may include applying warm compresses to the eyelids, eyelid cleaning, using an oral or topical antibiotic and/or massaging the lids. When you first begin treatment, you may be instructed to do your regimen three or four times daily until the worst of the symptoms are under control. Later on, you may be able to cut back to nightly or every other night. Cleansing the eyelids is critical to successful treatment. Your doctor will recommend what cleansing agent to use, such as warm water only, a mild dilution of baby shampoo, or a special over-the-counter eyelid cleanser.For more information on blepharitis, Visit EyeSmart