Blepharitis is a common condition where the edges of the eyelids become red and inflamed.
It can develop at any age, and in most cases both eyes are affected, usually with one eye being worse than the other.
It is usually a long-term condition and the majority of people experience repeated episodes.
The symptoms tend to be worse in the morning, and include
-itchy, sore and red eyelids that stick together
-crusty or greasy eyelashes
-a burning, gritty sensation in your eyes
-swollen eyelid margins
finding contact lenses uncomfortable to wear
Blepharitis is usually caused by:
- seborrhoeic dermatitis - a skin condition that usually causes the skin around the eyes to become oily or flaky or dry.
- a reaction to staphylococcal bacteria that usually lives harmlessly on the skin
- inflammation of the Meibomian glands that are usually found along the lash line
Blepharitis is usually a long-term condition. Most people experience repeated episodes, separated by periods without symptoms.
It can't usually be cured, but a daily eyelid-cleaning routine can help control the symptoms
There are three main steps to eyelid hygiene that should be performed twice a day:
- using a warm compress – to soften the oil produced by the glands around your eyes
- gently massaging your eyelids – to push the oils out of the glands
- cleaning your eyelids – to wipe away any excess oil and remove any crusts, bacteria, dust or grime that might have built up