Blepharitis is a common eye disease in which the eyelids suffer from painful inflammation.

Blepharitis can occur throughout the spectrum of human life, with its presence being particularly noticeable when the glands near the base of the eyelids (known as "sebaceous glands") become blocked. If not treated promptly, it results in irritation and inflammation.

Symptoms of Blepharitis

BlepharitisSymptoms of blepharitis include, but are not limited to, intense irritation of the eyes, itching, reddening of the eye, lacrimation, sensitivity to light, blurred vision, burning sensation and the sensation of a foreign body within the eye.

The causes of blepharitis vary and sometimes concern one or more factors including allergies (contact lens solutions, certain cosmetic makeup products, etc.), mites (dust from the environment), lashes in the eyelashes, acne, etc.

Treating Blepharitis

The first thing an individual with blepharitis should do is see if they can establish what in their immediate environment may have caused it. Did something change in their immediate atmosphere or have they started using a new product which might have affected their eyes? If so can this be changed? Also sufficient cleaning of the eyes is important. If self-care measures do not make any difference then medication prescribed from your ophthalmologist will be needed.