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What is blepharitis?

Blepharitis is the inflammation of the eyelids. Often there is a build-up of oils and other products on the lid surface which can cause irritation and redness.

What are the symptoms of blepharitis?

Patients with blepharitis can develop some of the following symptoms:

  • Itchy and sore eyelids

  • Crusty or greasy eye lashes

  • Gritty sensation in the eyes

  • Eye lids sticking together, particularly in the morning when you wake up


What causes blepharitis?

Blepharitis can develop at any age; however it is more common in people over the age of 40. It can be caused by certain bacteria that live on the skin and also skin conditions such as rosacea.

What help is there for blepharitis?

In a lot of case blepharitis is a long term condition, patients can experience repeated episodes. Things that you can do the prevent blepharitis is maintaining good eye hygiene. It is advisable to clean your eyelids at least once a day. There are certain products available such as the “Blepha” range which can help manage the condition. If symptoms get very bad often antibiotic drops can be prescribed to help.

If you have any doubts it is best to seek professional advice from your optometrist.