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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. The good news is is that it can easily be treated, but different types of blepharitis require different types of treatment, so make sure you seek an expert's advice. 

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 (also known as photophobia)

  • Blurry vision

  • Dry eyes

  • Red eyes

  • Watery eyes (also known as epiphoria)

  • 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. Book an eye examination in order for us to be able to advise you.

close up Blepharitis or Eyelid inflammation
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