Blepharitis is a long term inflammation of the eyelids causing redness of the lids, eyelid crusting, flaking, itching eyes and red eyes. It doesn’t normally cause serious damage to the eyes but it can be very uncomfortable. Some people have it as a temporary flare-up which, once resolved, does not reoccur but for many it is a long term condition that has to be managed on an ongoing basis.
It can occur in anyone but is more common as we get older and it is commonly associated with dry eyes and meibomian gland dysfunction. The crusts and flakes prevent the oily liquid secreted from the lids flowing into the tears. This means the tears evaporate quickly from the eyes and make them feel dry and sore. There are two main types:
When the front part of the eyelids becomes sore, this can be caused by an infection, allergy or a general sensitivity to bacteria present on the eyelids. It can also be associated with some scalp conditions, such as very dry or oily skin and dandruff.
Also known as meibomian gland dysfunction is when the glands that make the oily part of your tears become blocked.
Both types of blepharitis can cause dry eye or make it worse if you already have it. Many people will have a combination of blepharitis, meibomian gland dysfunction and dry eye.
To help prevent the symptoms recurring continue with the treatment daily.
Blepharitis causes eyelids to become red, swollen and inflamed. It doesn’t normally cause serious damage to the eyes, but it can be very uncomfortable. It tends to be a long-term condition, which means you’re likely to need ongoing treatment.
This fact sheet produced by the Association of Optometrists (AOP) helps give you the facts about blepharitis.
BlephEx is a revolutionary, patented, in-practice treatment used to very precisely and carefully, spin a medical grade micro-sponge along the edge of your eyelids and lashes, removing scurf and debris and exfoliating your eyelids.
Properly performed, BlephEx will reduce or alleviate chronic symptoms. Treatments are typically repeated at regular monthly intervals depending on the severity of the disease.
Blepharitis is the inflammation of the eyelids and is a common eye condition, particularly in children.
Dr Annegret Dahlmann-Noor, a leading ophthalmologist, explains what blepharitis is and her best advice for managing it.