Blepharitis


Overview

Blepharitis is an inflammation of the eyelids. It is seen commonly in both children and adults. Common causes are bacteria normally found on the skin, fungal, viral or parasitic organisms. In addition, systemic disorders and skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, seborrhea, and rosacea are also common causes.

The lid contains skin, lashes and meibomian glands. The meibomian glands empty at the lid margin. They secrete oil that is part of the normal tear film. These glands are commonly involved in blepharitis, and as a result, dry eye symptoms are common. Other common symptoms are crusting along the lid margins, red and irritated lid margins, itchy eyelids, eyes that sting and blurred vision. Additionally, both styes and chalazia may occur. Treatment often includes warm compresses, lid hygiene, and antibiotic drops or ointment.


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