Blepharitis refers to an inflammatory condition of the eyelids, particularly at the lid margins. It is a common disorder and may be associated with a low-grade bacterial infection or a generalized skin condition.
There are two types of Blepharitis:
- Anterior blepharitis (affects the external part of the eyelid where the eyelashes are attached).
- Posterior blepharitis (affects the inner eyelid and is caused by malfunctioning of, or infection of, the oil producing (meibomian) glands of the eyelid.
Signs and Symptoms
- Ocular irritation.
- Burning sensation in the eye/s.
- Tearing of the eye/s.
- Foreign body sensation.
- Crusty or mucoid debris (on the lashes, in the corners of the eyes or on the lids).
- Redness of the eyelid margins.
Blepharitis is a condition that is difficult to cure permanently, as it tends to recur. The treatment of blepharitis often lasts for months (at least 3 months of intensive treatment, which include the use of tablets, eye drops and eye ointment). Conservative treatment plays a very important role in the effective treatment of the condition. After completing an intensive course of treatment for 3 months, one usually continues on a maintenance routine of applying heat, cleaning the eyelids and using artificial tear supplementation.
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