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Inflammation of the eyelids near the eyelashes.

Symptoms of Blepharitis

The following features are indicative of Blepharitis:
  • sensitivity to light
  • red eyes
  • itchy eyelids
  • watery eyes
  • a gritty, burning or stinging sensation in the eyes
  • red, swollen eyelids
  • eyelids that appear greasy
  • eyelid sticking
  • flaking of the skin around the eyes
  • more frequent blinking
  • crusted eyelashes upon awakening
  • loss of eyelashes
  • misdirected eyelashes

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Common Causes of Blepharitis

The following are the most common causes of Blepharitis:
  • seborrheic dermatitis
  • clogged or malfunctioning oil glands in the eyelids
  • rosacea
  • allergies
  • eyelash mites or lice

Risk Factors for Blepharitis

The following factors may increase the likelihood of Blepharitis:
  • dry eye
  • acne rosacea
  • seborrheic dermatitis
  • demodicosis
  • isotretinoin
  • giant papillary conjunctivitis

Prevention of Blepharitis

Yes, it may be possible to prevent Blepharitis. Prevention may be possible by doing the following:
  • wash the eyelids daily with proper care

Occurrence of Blepharitis

Number of Cases

The following are the number of Blepharitis cases seen each year worldwide:
  • Very common > 10 Million cases

Common Age Group

Blepharitis can occur at any age.

Common Gender

Blepharitis can occur in any gender.

Lab Tests and Procedures for Diagnosis of Blepharitis

The following lab tests and procedures are used to detect Blepharitis:
  • Eyelids examination: To examine and diagnose eye or eyelids problems
  • Swabbing skin for testing: To detect the signs of fungi, bacteria or allergy

Doctor for Diagnosis of Blepharitis

Patients should visit the following specialists if they have symptoms of Blepharitis:
  • Ophthalmologist

Complications of Blepharitis if untreated

Yes, Blepharitis causes complications if it is not treated. Below is the list of complications and problems that may arise if Blepharitis is left untreated:
  • eyelid scarring
  • excess tearing
  • difficulty in wearing contact lenses
  • development of a chalazion or a stye
  • conjunctivitis
  • keratitis
  • corneal ulcer or irritation

Procedures for Treatment of Blepharitis

The following procedures are used to treat Blepharitis:
  • Blepharoplasty: To correct puffy bags below the eyes and drooping upper lids

Self-care for Blepharitis

The following self-care actions or lifestyle changes may help in the treatment or management of Blepharitis:
  • Lubricate eyes: Helps in relieving dry eyes
  • Use a dandruff-controlling shampoo: Reduces blepharitis signs and symptoms
  • Clean eyes daily: Helps in preventing blepharitis

Alternative Medicine for Treatment of Blepharitis

The following alternate medicine and therapies are known to help in the treatment or management of Blepharitis:
  • Omega-3 fatty acids: Helpful in relieving the the symptoms of blepharitis

Time for Treatment of Blepharitis

While time-period of treatment for each patient may vary, below is the typical time-period for Blepharitis to resolve if treated properly under an expert supervision:
  • In 1 - 4 weeks

Last updated date

This page was last updated on 2/04/2019.
This page provides information for Blepharitis.

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