Eyesight Problems: Blepharitis

The term "blepharitis" refers to inflammation and infection of the eyelids, eyelid margins, eye lashes, and meibomian glands. It occurs when grime leads to bacteria in the eyelids. Symptoms include itching, redness, burning, foreign object sensation, and sensitivity to light. Eye allergies can contribute to blepharitis or create similar symptoms.

Blepharitis can be caused by a bacterial infection, or it can be a complication of a skin condition such as:

•seborrhoeic dermatitis, which causes an itchy rash on the skin and scalp  

•rosacea, which causes the face to appear red and blotchy 

It is not possible to catch blepharitis from someone else who has it. 

The main treatment is regular eyelid hygiene.  The aim is to soothe the eyelids, unplug any blocked meibomian glands and clear out any stagnant oily secretions from these glands. The eyelids are cleaned and debris is removed.

We can provide our patients with blepharitis sheets to advise them on treatment options and we can also provide specific medication e.g blephagel, blephasol, blephaclean.