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Blepharitis

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).
  • Dryness.
  • Redness of the eyelid margins.

Treatment options**

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.

** Optimed Eye and Laser Clinic renders a free service to their patients who requires assistance to treat their eyelid problem.