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What Is Blepharitis?

Blepharitis is inflammation of the oil glands in your eyelids. It’s the most common cause of dry eyes.

Blepharitis Symptoms

Blepharitis Symptoms

The condition makes your eyelids red, itchy, and a little swollen. The bases of your eyelashes may look scaly. You might also notice:

  • Feeling like something is in your eye

  • A burning feeling in your eye

  • Sensitivity to light

  • Blurry vision

  • Dry eyes

  • Red eyes

  • Watery eyes

  • Crusty eyelashes when you wake up in the morning


Blepharitis Causes

Things that cause blepharitis include:

  • Excess bacteria

  • A blocked oil gland on your eyelid

  • Hormone problems

  • Allergies

  • Infection with a virus

  • Skin conditions such as seborrheic dermatitis, rosacea, and eczema

  • Tiny mites called demodex folliculorum (do yourself a favour and don't Google them)


Blepharitis Treatment

This depends on the cause of the blepharitis. We may recommend medication, special lid wipes/sprays, or warm compresses.

close up Blepharitis or Eyelid inflammation
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